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“Big Dog” Weekend Extravaganza The League Room - Parkersburg, WV

you will let us. Thanks again. After working 60-70 hour weeks I can’t believe how lucky I feel to get drawn for the awesome Bank Shot Billiards $140/ ball 10-ball break n run on my first day off in a month and not hitting a single ball for two months! Now that I have a regular job I really see that “money won is truly twice as sweet as money earned”!! Congratulations to Justin Lazaro on his first-place finish in the Big Dog 9ft 10ball. Devon Criss came in second. Over all, the weekend of August 11-13, 2017 was very successful. We paid out over $13,000 in prize money to some great players. Once again proving that The League Room in Parkersburg, WV is here for the players. If you haven't stopped in lately then you really need to. Two events down, one to go. The one pocket was split three ways in the wee hours of Saturday morning by Adam Smith, Dee Adkins and Tri Hinton. Over $2600 total money in the middle. The 8-ball ended Sunday morning after 67 great players battled it out. There was over $9000 total prize money after the $1000 added. If you missed it you really missed a great tournament. A huge thanks to everyone that has made the trip this weekend. You ARE the reason we do this and are here. Hope to see you again real soon.

10-Ball Winners: l-r Devon Criss (2nd), Justin Lazaro (1st) This weekend was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without the help of a lot of people. And ultimately, I will forget to mention someone so I will thank all the players and anyone that did anything to help support me (Chris) and this ridiculous pipe dream I have to make billiards great again in this area. Thank you, Jamie Wilson, and the kids for loaning me to the room for 3 days straight as well as working your little butt off one of those days. Thank you to my good friends Jason Tysinger and Tri Hinton for all the help when it was needed. As a matter of fact, next time you see any of the Hinton family, be sure to thank them because, literally, this place wouldn’t be what it is without their support and help. That brings me to Mikael Hinton. Holy cow! What a great young man. He ran ALL Three tournaments AND streamed them. And he did it perfectly despite any road bumps along the way. JD Morrison, wow buddy! Thx for holding down the fort while I ran around and took care of all these great players. TvMike, thank you for trying to fix the issues we were having with our stream, even though you were streaming a HUGE tournament yourself. We may not have been able to get it all resolved but you always have our back and we yours. Our sponsors for the event, Jacoby Custom Cues and Garfield Preowned Autos. Be sure to check both of these places out and make sure to tell them The League Room sent ya. Again, thank you to all the players, almost 100 players and over $13,000 paid out for the three days. The League Room is here for you the player and we will continue to be as long as

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JOHN MAKI WINS Bison Billiards was the scene of an 8-Ball Bar Box Tournament on August 5th, 2017. Good turnout for this time of the year 21 shooters competing for their share of $1390. 1st $225+$500 John Maki 2nd $125+$225 Danny Kolacz 3rd $75+$115 Dave Bauer 4th $50 Brad Wesley 5/6th $25 Cory Welfare, Jay Reed

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Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ hosted a Mezz Cues Pro-Am Tour Stop event on July 9, 2017. This was for ABCD ranked players only (no pros) and was a true double elimination, 9-Ball, $1000 added, $60 entry, race to 7, alternate breaks with a game spot handicap format. Congrats to the top 4 finishers: Co-1st Place (split) - Lou Guynee and Wesley Hendrik, 3rd - Tommy Leonette and 4th - Ray Lee

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The Psychology of Pool SET GOALS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS!

DR. CHRIS STANKOVICH Dr. Chris Stankovich, known as “The Sports Doc,” is a national expert in the field of sport & performance psychology and has been featured on ESPN for his work with elite athletes. His #1 best selling pool video “Mind of Steel: Mental Toughness for Pool Success” has been used by thousands of players to improve focus, increase confidence, and eliminate anxiety. You can learn more about Dr Stankovich and Mind of Steel by visiting drstankovich.com

Goal setting is arguably the best technique an athlete can use to immediately improve his or her performance. Interestingly, although this statement is true, very few athletes actually know how to set effective goals. In other words, far too often athletes set what we call “do your best” type goals that are extremely vague (i.e. “to become a better pool player”) and without any timelines to measure success (re-read the example I just gave – how will you know when you have become “better?”). Research studies in sport psychology clearly show people who set specific, measurable goals almost always out-perform people who set “do your best” type goals (or people who set no goals at all). By setting and achieving goals, your self-confidence will dramatically improve – and so will your pool game.

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• Begin by brainstorming all the goals you want to achieve, and for now don’t worry about how vague the goals might be (we will refine them later). Take out a sheet of paper and start writing down as many things as you want to accomplish and try to do this in just a few minutes. • Once you have your list, go back through each goal and look to see whether it is vague (“win more”) or specific (“make at least one ball on every break”) • When writing your goals, try to develop as many process goals as you can. A process goal is a goal you can control (i.e. starting each match confident and composed), whereas an outcome goal is a goal

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typically beyond your complete control (winning tournaments is great, but ultimately you never control ‘winning’ if the opponent has a shot to win, too). By reaching your process goals, you will ultimately reach more outcome goals (and win more games!) Try to break your goals into three areas: Physical, technical, and mental. An example of a physical goal can be making sure to get 8 hours of sleep the night before a tournament or to have water on hand all day in order to stay hydrated. A technical goal might be to practice until you can successfully make 90% of spot shots. A mental goal could be making a point to use a deep breath between each shot. Your goals should always be in writing and you should have dates attached to each goal so you can monitor your success. It is also wise to develop short-, mid-, and long-term goals. We call this technique developing a “goal ladder,” and it has been found to be a very effective technique. Other tips include being realistic with your goals, as well as being somewhat flexible if you don’t first succeed. Keep track of all your progress by keeping a journal. While this may sound kind of funny, you will find that our memories are really not that great – and a journal will actually help you recall some of your better moments. Your journal should include all of your goals, as well as regular entries that allow you to update your progress along the way.

Some folks call goals “dreams with finish lines.” Start today by defining the player you want to one day become, then work backwards to develop the necessary steps to get you there.

I would like to hear from you. If you have a question for me please submit to: information@drstankovich.com

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BALL IN MIND

by Tom Simpson © April 2008 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com

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“Ball-in-Hand” (BIH) is an enormous penalty for the player who fouls in 9-Ball, in 10-Ball, and in some popular rule sets for 8-Ball, such as APA. It’s also an enormous opportunity for the incoming player. Often, this opportunity is wasted. Advanced players take full advantage of BIH, intelligently planning cueball placement, the shot, the position, and the strategy. Working with many novice and intermediate players, I find they typically fail to consider some of the aspects of the situation that are obvious to their more experienced opponents. They tend to rush in and plop the cueball down and shoot the first shot they see, and of course, don’t get the appropriate shape on the next shot. My advice is “When you get Ball-in-Hand, take Ballin-Mind.” Stop and study the table and the game situation. Consider the current possibilities, the next shots, the layout problems, your skills, and your opponent’s skills. Make a plan before you place that cueball. In pool, the standard concern is always “How do I shoot the current shot in such a way that I get an angle on the next shot that takes me to the one after that.” We’re nearly always planning at least three balls. With BIH, we can think the plan through and set up the “current shot” in a way that most easily or naturally pockets the ball and gets us to the next shot or solves the next problem. Let’s look at the primary factors. Good Plan: Study the table until you have arrived at the plan you will try to execute. This is a big opportunity. Your first idea might not be your best. Don’t be shortsighted. Good plans don’t always mean you run out for the win. Sometimes a safety or strategic ball re-arrangement is the smart play. Good Shot Sequence: Don’t just shoot the ball that’s closest to a pocket. And don’t consider just the closest pockets for your first ball. When possible, chose position routes that are simple and natural – don’t shoot extreme, fancy shots with BIH. If you can’t get to your second shot from your first shot, it’s probably not a good plan. Minimize use of english on the first shot. Why make it harder? Good Distance: Make the shot easy. Place the CB reasonably close to the OB. Too close and you might not have room for your full, normal stroke. Typical good distance is about a foot. Note: There is nothing manly about putting the CB four feet away when it’s not necessary. If possible, don’t place the CB where

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you have to stretch or use the mechanical bridge. Avoid rail bridges too, when you can. Good Angle: Consider the shot angle for your CB placement. Is it an angle for which you have high confidence in pocketing the ball? Can you see the path the cueball will take off the OB, and is that the path you want? Thin cut angles will leave a lot of speed in the CB, while thick hits will take speed out of the ball. Shoot angles that make it easy to move the CB the amount of distance you want. Good Speed: Once you have a good cueball plan and placement, and it’s time to shoot, you just have to think about speed. How much speed will it take, given the distance, angle of approach, and spin? Is this a comfortable, reliable speed for you? Good Landing Zones: If you stand behind your next shot, you can use your stick to help you roughly visualize the wedge-shaped position zone you need to land in for that shot. The wedge is smaller near the OB, which means it’s harder to land in that part of the zone. Smart players often play to roll across the fat part of the wedge or to roll toward the OB through the distant portion of the zone. This makes it a lot easier to stop successfully within the wedge. Good Results: Draw is hard to control. Go for simple follow or stop shots. Don’t move the CB more than necessary. Don’t disturb balls that don’t need to be moved. Go for the easiest plan to execute. If your plan calls for you to do things at the outer limits of what you can reliably do, maybe you need to switch to a defensive plan. After you sink a ball, reanalyze your plan, adding a new third ball and adjusting for the new reality of the table situation. Good Improvement: In practice, shoot hundreds of “Three-Ball Patterns.” Throw three balls on the table, study the layout, make a plan to run out, place the CB, and shoot the pattern you saw. Try to find the simplest, most natural plan. Learn from what happens. Seek coaching when it’s allowed, or if you’re playing a friendly game, talk through your plan and your friend’s plan and see whether there is a good alternative you haven’t thought of or a problem you haven’t foreseen. So when you get Ball-in-Hand, don’t play Ball-in-Hope. Seize the opportunity – take Ball-in-Mind. Plan your play and then play your plan. And remember the #1 rule of BIH: Don’t miss!

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More Than Just Setting Up (1) As you all may know by now, set up shots never appealed to me as once you set them up right, any mediocre player can shoot them successfully. However, certain set up shots do require some skills and this month I am going to explain to you the first of a series of not-so-easy set up shots.

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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.

Let’s start by placing our first object ball (the Red Ball) on the head spot and our second object ball, the Yellow one, behind and frozen to it. Their line of centers needs to aim at the left half of pocket F, as shown by the dotted red line. Finally place the last object ball (the Blue one) by pocket F, at about 1/2 diamond from it and about 1/2 inch from the long rail’s edge. You can choose to place the Blue Ball on a new piece of chalk, just to provide some extra excitement to your audience. Place the Cue Ball at about one diamond from the long rail and in line with the Yellow Ball and the first diamond from pocket F, as shown by the dotted yellow line. Aim about 1/6 of the Yellow Ball, to its left, if you are playing with a low deflection shaft (Tiger X-Ultra LD or Pro, Predator 314 or Vantage, OB-2 or OB Pro +, etc.) or 1/4 of the Yellow Ball if you are playing with a traditional shaft. Use a 3 o’clock and 1 tip of English along A F with a speed-3 stroke.

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When I was first learning to play, one of my favorite games was Money Ball. This game has regional variations in the rules and the name. In some places it is called Razzle and in others Chicago. I will try to recount the rules we went by back in the 1960s. If you have four roughly equal players it can be a fun learning experience. Pairs are formed during the play of each rack, and partners are allowed to discuss the shot. This is a rotation game so you have to hit the lowest remaining ball first. There are five money balls, the 5, 8, 10, 12 and 15, worth one “way” each. The player who makes the 5 ball is partners with the player who makes the 1 ball. If that’s the same person, then whoever makes the 8 is partners with the 1-5 person and so on. Draw cards or lag to determine the order of play. That will remain the order except when partners have been determined or a player has requested a new order. Rack the balls as shown so the money balls are as protected as possible. If you find that one of those spots is not safe on your table, try a different spot. Slop counts, and you shoot until you foul or miss. If you foul, any ball you made on that shot spots up. On scratches, it’s cue ball behind the line, and on any other foul the incoming player shoots from where the cue ball came to rest. The incoming player after any foul can ask the fouler to shoot again. You have to make a good effort to hit the lowest ball unless all agree it’s not possible and then you can play a push out. You never spot a ball that has been made legally. When partners are formed the player order changes slightly so that sides alternate. Suppose the normal order is A, B, C, D. If A has the 1 ball and B makes the 5 ball, making A and B partners, C will follow B when he misses but then A will shoot and then D. You will need four places to put the balls as they are made. The ball rack in the table will work for two people and the left/right sides of the ball tray can be storage for the other two. When partners are formed, merge their accumulations. Besides the 5 ways for the money balls, 2 ways are scored for points which is the total value of the numbers on all the balls each side makes, such as 14 for the 14 ball. Since the total of all 15 balls adds up to 120, 61 or more points wins those 2 ways. Whoever makes the last ball gets to break in the next rack. If someone had asked for a new order before the just-finished rack started, the three nonbreakers draw for a new order. If one side sweeps all 7 ways (5 money balls and 2 for total points), their win is doubled to 14 ways. It is possible for one player to sweep and not have a partner. In that case he wins 14 from each of the other players. The game is more fun if the ways are not worth so much that

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people start to get too serious. Back in the day, a dime a way was about right. We always kept score on paper and settled up at the end. As far as strategy goes, keep an eye out in the early part of the game for both the money balls and the high balls. A 14 ball puts you nearly a quarter of the way to 61 points. The 2, 3 and 4 are only useful to you if they are sure to get you the 5 ball, and there is rarely an easy pattern at the start of a rack. This is a great game because of the challenging shots and the social interaction that you get with rotating partners. Try

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PLAY TENSION FREE! Throughout my career as a coach for players of all ability levels (and through my own personal experiences as a player), I’ve found that whether you’re a weekend warrior playing for bragging rights with close friends, or a professional player playing for your living, at one time or another we all feel a significant amount of pressure to play well.

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

How you deal with this pressure will determine how well you play. If you fail to handle it properly, you’ll end up with a bad stroke and a bad performance. But if you are able to understand: • How to keep your mind quiet while delivering your stroke • How pressure effects us physically • How to use pressure to your advantage • How to play with confidence Then, you will achieve the success you desire. You’ve probably already guessed what the number one stroke killer is: nervous tension. In this article my goal is to help you: • Prevent tension in your pool stroke • Become aware of body tension • Reduce tension so you can stroke your cue more freely We all want to play well during an important tournament. We all want the best results we can get. You know, our goal is to produce that winning feeling you get as you lift the championship trophy! But the bottom line is, the more we think about getting that result, the more we trigger the fear of failure which creates performance anxiety. We have to play in the present moment to be free from fear. Whatever it is we are fearful of (missing the 9-ball), we usually have some sort of physical response. We tend to tense our muscles to protect ourselves from what we consider to be the threat (missing). During any tournament match, stroke mechanics don’t really change

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by themselves. Tension in the muscles destroy a fluid stroke and can change the entire pre-shot process that is commonly used by players when they are playing just for fun. This is one of the main differences between the practice room and tournament play (no consequences versus consequences). In order to play your best, you need to do your best to prevent tension, and if it still appears, be sure to notice it and deal with it appropriately. So you might ask yourself the question, “How do I eliminate tension in my pool stroke?” • Becoming engrossed in your pre-shot routine is the number one thing you can focus on to reduce tension. It is what you can control 100% of the time, not what you can’t. • Playing in the present moment (fear and pressure do not exist in the present) • Not thinking about consequences – keeping focused on the purpose/strategy for each shot, not the consequences. • Post shot routine – focus on the strategy (angle, speed and spin), this allows you to be neutral and bounce back from poorly played shots. How do we reverse the effects of tension in the pool stroke? • Visualize all practice games as if they were the tournament championship. • Practice with different levels of tension in your muscles. • Use muscle relaxation techniques. • Learn deep breathing techniques. Put all of these techniques and strategies into action and I have no doubt you’ll play with a fluid stroke and win more tournaments. When you focus on winning you tend to fall into one of the games biggest pitfalls. When you learn to focus on the process you will get better results and win more tournament championships.

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What’s in the Players Cue Case? The Interview and Cue Case Check with Anthony Meglino: Sessions: What got you interested in playing pool? Meglino: There was a pool room a couple minutes from my house that I used to go to after school and hang out with friends. After a little while of practicing, I found out about a small weekly tournament they had and the first pool tournament I ever played in, I won. I was hooked after that and wanted to get better. Sessions: What were your biggest accomplishment’s once you started competing in tournaments? Meglino: Winning multiple tournaments especially the ones in which people have considered me the underdog. Sessions: How do you prepare for your tournaments? Meglino: I practice by myself and with others. When I practice by myself, I practice the ghost a lot and practice shots that I have difficulty with. When it’s with someone else, I play for money and give out a lot of weight which makes me bare down on every shot.

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Sessions: Which game of pool do you like the best? Meglino: I like one pocket because there’s a lot of creativity to the game, you need to be able to execute every possible shot to play at a high level and you have to out-think your opponent. Sessions: What is in your cue case? Meglino: Playing cue: Jacoby butt with a Ted Harris low-deflection shaft. Break Cue: Mezz KAI. Jump Cue: James Hanshew. Multiple Master chalks, tip pick, very fine sandpaper Sessions: Do you have any sponsors that help you out? Meglino: Yes, Greg Knight with Good Cues: Custom Cues and Billiard Supplies dealer. Ted Harris with Ted Harris Custom Cues and Repair. Tom and Susan Ruisi with Beyond Billiards in Davie, FL. I want to thank Anthony for taking the time to let me ask him some questions and look forward to seeing him on tour.

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ALEX PAGULAYAN WINS

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U.S. Open Title

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Alex Pagulayan proved the Lion still roars within him as he came from behind to steal the US Open 8-Ball Championship from Shane Van Boening, who had hoped for a second consecutive title and to earn back-to-back wins of both the US Open 8-Ball and US Open 10-Ball Championships. Pagulayan’s path to the finals included wins over: Danny Stone, Australia, 8-6; Skyler Woodward, Kentucky, 8-2; and Denis Grabe, Estonia, 8-3; before losing to Dennis Orcollo, Philippines, 7-8. In the loser’s bracket, Pagulayan bested Thorsten Hohmann, Germany, 8-7 and Lee Vann Corteza, Philippines and then gained revenge on Orcollo in the semi-finals, beating him 8-6.

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U.S. Open 8-Ball Title

Van Boening’s path to the hot seat included wins over Sina Valizadeh, 8-2; Manny Perez, 8-5; Josh Roberts, 8-3; Lee Vann Corteza, 8-6; and Dennis Orcollo, whom he beat 8-4 to gain the hot seat, to meet Pagulayan in the finals.

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Van Boening jumped out to a fast 7-2 lead, which may have seemed insurmountable to all but Pagulayan. But as Van Boening’s breaks came up dry, Pagulayan was able to capitalize, slowly closing the gap and soon the

score was tied at 8-8. The score was tied again at 9-9 in the race-to-10 final, with Van Boening breaking. But once again the break failed Van Boening, with the cue ball scratching – giving Pagulayan an opportunity at the table, which was all he needed. With ball-in-hand, Pagulayan was able to run out to earn the US Open 8-Ball Champion title, cup and $13,500 purse.

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*RESULTS*

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6

$13,500 Alex Pagulayan $7400 Shane Van Boening $4500 Dennis Orcollo $2800 Lee Vann Corteza $1600 Vinnie Calabrese, Thorsten Hohmann 7/8 $1100 Denis Grabe, Rodney Morris 9-12 $600 Danny Olson, Josh Roberts, Dennis Hatch, Nick Malaj

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THE PEARL wins again

1st $1650/$3300 Earl Strickland 2nd $1100/$2180 James Aranas 3rd $845/$$1640 Shawn Wilkie 4th $675/$1080 Mike Davis 5/6 $440/$540 B. Souvanthon, Reymart Lim 7/8 $325/$370 Rob Cord, B. Stottlemey 9-12 $240/$215 Tim Tanana, E. Abraham, Tom Zippler, Brandon Shuff

This weekend, August 12-13, 2017, the Bank Shot Bar & Grill in Laurel, MD was the venue for the Maryland State 10-Ball Bar Table Championship. A full field of 128 players, including such well-known names as Mike Davis, Matt Krah, Earl Strickland, Ryan McCreesh, Bill Stephen, Shaun Wilkie, Brandon Shuff and Keith McCready ponied up their entries to vie for the title. The format was call shot, alternate break and race to seven. Saturday’s action began with a player auction – James Aranas and Earl Strickland were the top two picks. The draw was completed and they were off!!! At the end of play on Saturday night, the field was whittled down to 48 players. Play began Sunday at noon and by early evening, the tournament was down to the final four on the winners’ side. Earl Strickland defeated Mike Davis in a hill-hill nailbiter to advance. Wilkie also eked out a 7-6 win over Reymart Lim to become Earl’s opponent in the battle for the hot seat. The hot seat match began with Wilkie leading 6-4. Failing to make a ball on the break in what could be the match, Earl won that game and the next two to go undefeated into the finals.

7-1 victory. Great tournament, James! Congratulations, Earl! This event wouldn’t have been possible without its sponsors. Thanks again to host site, The Bank Shot Bar & Grill and tournament sponsors On the Hill Productions, Choice Pool League, Sly Custom Cues, Lights Out Billiard Apparel and Joss Cues. PoolActionTV.com was proud to bring our viewers another fine event sponsored by Steve Lomax of Lomax Custom Cues, John Barton of JB Cases, James Hanshew of Hanshew Custom Cues, Mike Durbin of Durbin Custom Cues, Simonis, Aramith, GoPlayPool.com, Kamui and Club Billiards of Wichita, KS. See you all down the road!!!

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the chart, James Aranas was getting his revenge against Mike Davis. Mike had earlier sent James to the west side 7-5. This time, it was James who knocked Mike out of the event – leaving him in fourth place. Next victim was Wilkie – the score in that match was 7-3 – leaving Shaun in third place. James’ dreams of taking down the tournament were dashed with a flawless performance by the legendary Strickland. Earl took no prisoners as he roared to a

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Hennessee & Edwards Top the Field!!

47 Players came on August 19, 2017 to battle on the Diamond bar tables at Sweet Mellissa’s Billiards in Hixson Tennessee at the monthly open 9-ball event. Players were on hand from Knoxville, Nashville, Dayton, North Georgia, Alabama and even as far away as Kentucky to play in the newest and nicest pool room in Chattanooga. The total paid out for this event was over $4000.00 in cash. Bounxay Oudomrath (boonie) won the break and run jackpot and made 3 balls for close to a $180.00 payout. Not bad for making 3 balls!! In the end, it was John Hennessee and Russ Edwards (pictured below), two longtime friends and competitors, squaring off in the finals. Hennessee won the winners bracket and Edwards came thru the losers’ side. Edwards won the first match in the double elimination finals and the players decided to split and call it a night. The tournament paid down 8 places. A special thanks to Lisa Smith and Sweet Mellissa’s and the entire staff for great service and amazing food and atmosphere, to Sissy Killen for keeping the bracket rolling smoothly as always, and to Bobby Higdon and Curtis Beddington for handling the auction and much more. Our next event is September 16, 2017 and the flyer will be out very soon. Scotch doubles is this weekend and handicap events are the first and second Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. Come and experience the new pool room and we will see everyone next time! 1st John Hennessee 2nd Russ Edwards 3rd Phillip Reynolds 4th Ray Edwards 5/6th Mike Jones, Casey Pire 7/8th Nat Green, Roger Passmore

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Team USA Standings as of September 3rd

15th August 2017 Mosconi Cup

Ruijsink conducts opening boot camp for Team USA hopefuls WITH THE 2017 MOSCONI CUP now less than four months away, American Team captain Johan Ruijsink has been holding his first training camp for possible team members at Griff’s Billiards in Las Vegas. Taking place from 12th to 16th August, it is the Dutchman’s first opportunity to take a close look at some of the players who may make up the final five to contest the 24th annual Mosconi Cup at the Mandalay Bay from 4th to 7th December. The players working out this week are Shane Van Boening, Oscar Dominquez, Billy Thorpe, Skylar Woodward, Dennis Hatch with Johnny Archer, fulfilling the role of Ruijsink’s vice-captain. With the selection procedure this year entirely down to the captain, providing at least four of the five players selected are in the top ten of the rankings which conclude in early September. “This December is going to be a massive job for the American team and I want to give ourselves every possible chance to win the Mosconi Cup. I’m looking at every player closely as the make-up of the team and their ability to gel will be of critical importance. “The line-up for 2017 is not determined yet, but I need to start the preparation, because an enormous task awaits team USA,” he concluded. Ranking after 11 events 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Shane van Boening Dennis Hatch Oscar Dominguez Skyler Woodward Rodney Morris Billy Thorpe Hunter Lombardo Corey Deuel Donny Mills Josh Roberts

280 145 116 109 102 95 87 74 48 45

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(l to r) Amateur winners: Bill Bloom, Miscue Lounge Owner Ricky Martin, Che Mvros

The Sunday event had 34 players in attendance, which was an amateur only event. Che Mrvos and Bill Bloom battled it out for the finals and Bill Bloom was victorious with the 9-5 Win. Thank you again to everyone who attended both days for the Pechauer Bob and Brad Martin Memorial Tournament.

This is our 4th. installment on the J. Pechauer Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour. This was hosted at The Miscue Lounge in Ft. Myers Florida on August 19-20, 2017. We had $1000 total money added with 2 great events. The first day was the Open event with 14 players in attendance. Even though it was a low turnout it definitely didn’t lack talent. We had Stephen Richmond a rising young star and Randy Epperson the old guard. TK was also in attendance and played spotty. Francisco Diaz was also present as well as JR Ratdke. Also, we had a blast from the past in Keith Lennox. The hotseat match went to Stephen Richmond defeating TK 9-4. TK played Randy Epperson and eliminated Randy 7-3. The final match was a single race to 11 games and TK prevailed over Richmond 11-4. We would like to thank all of the players that came out for this event and we also would like to thank the room owners Rick and Bobby Martin for holding this event for many years. We also want to thank J. Pechauer Custom Cues for being our title sponsor and for all of their hard work that they do at Pechauer. Don’t forget if you want a quality cue at an extremely reasonable price then buy yourself a Pechauer Cue. Go to pechauer.com or dial 800-934-7735 and talk with Scott Douglas.

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Bill Bloom Che Mrvos Antti Matilla Trey Jankowski Willie McBride Chris H. Eric H. Eddie Greene

1st $600 2nd $350 3rd $200 4th $150 5/6 $50

TK Stephen Richmond Randy Epperson Keith Lennox Glen Olson, Antti Matilla

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Cap Notches 1st Win

22 players came out to Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway, NJ on August 12, 2017 to play in the season’s first 8-Ball event. There was $1000 added and 22 players entered.

l-r Brian Cap, Harry Guevarez

RESULTS 1st $500 2nd $225 3rd $150 4th $80

Brian Cap Harry Guevarez Allison LaFleur Andrew Cicoria

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Brian Cap would move thru the field undefeated winning his first match against Harry Guevarez 6-4, Michael Conoran 6-4, Jaydev Zaveri 6-4 and then, what would be his final match of the day, defeated Allison LaFleur 9-6. Harry Guevarez would move to the one loss side where he would march thru the field with a fairly easily after a forfeit by Luis Jimenez. He would face Paul Madonia, winning 6-4, Jaydev Zaveri 6-4, and then Andrew Cicoria 6-2. Andrew would finish the day at 4th place, his highest finish in several tournaments. Harry would then match up against Allison LaFleur in what would be the last match played of the day. Allison’s path to her second top three finish is as many weeks would include victories over Mike Guevera 6-3, her good friend and road partner Michelle Brotons 5-4, Ron Lichtenberger 6-4, and Andrew Cicoria 5-4, before falling to Brian Cap. Her victory over Andrew would be her last victory of the day, as Harry Guevarez would prove experience can sometimes overcome determination, as he won 7 games to Allison’s 1. She simply was unable to ever gain control of the table in a favorable posistion. Allison would not give up, though, and fought hard until the last 8-Ball dropped. With its final departure from the table, Brian and Harry decided not to have a repeat of the first game of the day and called it quits, leaving Brian undefeated in first place. This was his first victory of the season after moving to the A rank at the end of the last season. Please provide a thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, Pool & Billiards, Professor Q Ball, Bender Cues, and DIGICUE OB for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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Dancing Angels and Gospel Trick Shots

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, a very usual thing happened on the Gospel Trick Shot portable pool table while Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman and Steve Lillis were performing their usual Gospel Trick Shot (GTS) presentation in front of 250 inner city young people at Inspire Sports Camps in the Taconic Retreat Center in Upstate New York. Tom and Steve had just performed a similar GTS show on the same GTS portable pool table the day before at Solid Rock Day Camp in West Milford, NJ for 150 campers. Little did they know at the time that 12 more GTS shows on the GTS portable pool table would follow in Canada with the usual expected results with the Gospel Trick Shots on the pool table. However, on July 19th at the Taconic Retreat Center something very strange was about to happen and with a combined total of 113 years of billiard experience between Tom and Steve there was no apparent explanation for the events that night. It all started at lunch time on July 19th when Tom and Steve arrived at the Taconic Retreat Center. The camp director had to scold the 250 inner city youth campers about the toilets being stopped up and it appeared to be “no” accident. After threatening to close down the bathrooms the campers were told to put both hands in the air and to clap on the count of three

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if they agree to report any suspicious activities in the bathrooms for the rest of the week. And on the count of three, 250 young people were in agreement for obvious reasons. At dinner Tom and Steve left early to go set up the GTS portable pool table for an 8:00 pm GTS presentation in the gym with seating for 250 campers. Well, here they were all set up and with one hour to spare. However, there was one big problem that 113 years of billiard experience between Tom and Steve could not solve. The trick shots for no apparent reason would not go in! As a matter of fact, the balls came off the rails at different angles even after hitting the balls in the same direction with the same spin and at the same speed. There was no way to adjust! The camp director came by 15 minutes before the show and asked if everything was all right to which Tom and Steve responded, “everything is fine except the balls will not go in the pockets”. The camp director began to panic and asked if they wanted a different location and set up to which Tom and Steve replied stoically, since they have done well over 100 shows together, “everything will be just fine”! Two hundred and fifty campers filed in and after the camp director announced, “fresh off their international pro tour 2017 BCA Hall of Famer

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and legendary billiard entertainer Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman and World Renown Gospel Trick Shot Artist and Professional Pool Player Steve Lillis are both here tonight just for you”, and then the show started with a bang. Tom as usual led off with his fantastic array of shots but many were not falling into the pockets. As a matter of fact, he used one of his famous lines that almost never fail, “if this shot does not go in this time I will buy everyone pizza”. Well guess what? The shot did not fall and 250 inner city kids began to chant PIZZA, PIZZA, etc. Tom decided to not shoot his last shot and left his props of big pool balls, medium pool balls, and small pool balls on the table and said, “now Steve will come out and explain how God took care of a big problem in his life”. Steve came to the table and to say the least was not too excited about trying to execute the shots under these difficult circumstances. However, he pressed on with his real-life story of the death of his granddaughter Ella in 2014 and how God worked everything out for good in the life of his family. The shots were not falling but the story pressed on! Then Steve realized that the 250 campers were no longer interested in two pool players with 113 years of billiard experience with many accolades between them and who could

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not fully execute all the trick shots. So, Steve proceeded to bring the story to a close followed by an invitation to trust Jesus for whatever problems they were encountering in their lives. The camp director sensing the moment came out of the audience and asked Tom and Steve to pray for the 250 campers with Tom on one side and Steve on the other. Steve led the prayer and Tom followed in leading the campers in a prayer of commitment to God. Remembering lunch time and the commitment the campers made concerning the bathrooms, Steve and Tom asked the campers to raise two hands over their heads and on the count of three clap their hands together to make a commitment to Jesus to give their lives and their problems over to God. And on the count of three about 100 campers made that commitment on July 19th. After that prayer, the camp director asked the campers to come down and thank Tom and Steve personally. One by one they came and shared

Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman and Steve Lillis how the message encouraged them as they have lost love ones, struggled with gang violence, wrestled with addictions, contemplated suicide, and have been overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness. The next morning before Tom and Steve took off for Canada to do 12 more GTS shows on that same portable pool table they wanted to have one last talk with the camp director who stated the night before that he was surprised by so many

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• Wages from $15-20/hour, depending on skill set. Full benefit package. • Must relocate to Lincoln, Nebraska. Muellers will compensate for relocation. • Must be able to be bonded. • Clean background and drug screen required. • Applicant must be physically fit and have a clean appearance.

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• Clean background and drug screen required. • Applicant must be physically fit and have a clean appearance. • Must be able to work as a team and possess an exceptional personality and attitude.

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2017 APA Masters Championship Results

Champions – Now We Know of Richmond, VA David Hunt, Chris Bruner, Larry Kressel, Shane Buchanan

The 2017 Masters Championship took place Friday, Aug. 18. Now We Know of Richmond, Va. Larry Kressel, Chris Bruner, David Hunt and Shane Buchanan, are the 2017 Masters Champions! They walked away with $10,000 for the win! Runners-Up, Original Three Amigos of San Bernardino, Calif. – Frank Almanza, Elias Valles and Jose Garcia, didn’t leave empty-handed earning $5,000. Now We Know’s Hunt played against Original Three Amigos’ Garcia in the first match. Hunt put his team on top first, winning 7-4. The second match paired Now We Know’s Bruner and Original Three Amigos’ Elias. Elias was able to keep his team in the running, winning 7-4. The two Team Captains were up for the championship deciding match. In the end, it was Kressel taking the win 7-2. Z Annie of Japan earned the Sportsmanship Award. — by Becky Rosner

Runners-Up – Original Three Amigos of San Bernardino, CA Frank Almanza, Jose Garcia, Elias Valles

2017 APA Jack & Jill Doubles Championship Results

Runners-Up – Corner’s Couple of Martinsburg, WV Eric Laisure, Beth Laisure

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Money Shot of Toledo, Ohio – Corey Pounders (SL6) and Pauline Craycraft (SL3) – were crowned Champions in the Jack & Jill Doubles Championships! They defeated Corner’s Couple of Martinsburg, W.V. – Eric Laisure (SL6) and Beth Laisure (SL4), in the finals 4-2. Money Shot took home $3,500 for their win, while Corner’s Couple earned $2,300 for their Runner-Up finish. Happy Dancing of Mt. Zion, Ill. – Veronica Platzbecker and Robert Olson, earned the Sportsmanship Award

Champions – Money Shot of Toledo, OH Pauline Craycraft, Corey Pounders

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2017 APA 8-Ball World Championship Results

Runners-Up: Name This of Charlotte, NC Back l-r: John Heim, Greg Stephens, Alyssa Burns, Jeremy Faassen; Front l-r: Jason Lowry, William Doggette, Matthew Lowe

Brew Crew II of Cape Girardeau, Mo., defeated Name This of Charlotte, N.C., in the finals of the 2017 World 8-Ball Championship. The victory earned Brew Crew II $25,000 in 1st Place prize money, while Name This took home $15,000 as Runners-up. Name This ousted Rackem Sackem 8 of Millville, N.J., in the semifinals while Brew Crew II defeated Make It Happen of Wallington, N.J. Rackem Sackem 8 and Make It Happen each received $7,500 in prize money for making to the final day of competition. Controlled Chaos of Hilliard, Ohio, were presented the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball division. 700 teams competed in this year’s 8-Ball World Championship.

Champions: Brew Crew II of Cape Girardeau, MO Back l-r: Travis Hammontree, Hunter Davis, Ron Hammontree; Front l-r: Jeff Mathis, Todd Scott, Eric W. Vines, Larry Bailey

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Dax Druminski Returns

Dax Druminski returning to the Tri-State Tour was the story of the day as he powered thru the field undefeated. This tour stop was at Clifton Billiards in Clifton, NJ on August 6, 2017. 9-Ball was the game in this $1000 added event with 31 players ponying up to go for the title. Dax’s move through the chart included wins over Teddy LaPadula 6-4, Juan Melendez 7-4, Tony Ignomirello 6-5, and Bob Toomey 6-4. He then met Jaydev Zaveri, whose path included victories over Tri Chau 7-6, Roger Hanos 7-4, Max Watanabe 7-3, and Eddie Medina 7-5. Dax would prove victorious over Jaydev 7-5, sending Jaydev to the one loss side. Eddie Medina, after losing, would move over to play Roger Hanos, whom he would beat 7-5, and then Bob Toomey 8-5. Bob would finish with his second 4th place finish in the last two events. Bob’s victories would include Ambi Estevez 6-2, Clint Pires 6-3, Frank Sieczka 6-5, and Tony Ignomirello 6-3. Eddie Medina would then face Jaydev Zaveri but exhaustion would set in and he would finish in third place losing 7-4. The finals would end up being a rematch of the hotseat with neither player gaining an advantage over the other with Jaydev reaching the hill first but a miss on the 5 would give Dax a chance back at the table to tie it up with a nice run of the last 4 balls. The next game however remained firmly in Dax’s control as he would not leave Jaydev many open attempts to make something happen and the day would end with a 5-ball run and an undisputed victory closing out with a 7-6 victory. The next Tri-State event will be on August 12, 2017 at Rockaway Billiards in Rockaway, NJ. Please provide a thank you to Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, Pool & Billiards, Professor Q Ball, Bender Cues, and DIGICUE OB for their sponsorship leading to this event.

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By Mary Kenniston Sixty-five players from all over the country and Canada made the trek to Brass Tap & Billiards in Raleigh, NC for one of the last remaining Mosconi Cup points events – the 2nd Annual Don Coates Memorial 10-Ball – with $10,000 guaranteed added money. BCA Hall of Famers Johnny Archer, Earl Strickland and defending champion Rodney Morris led the pack followed by well-known names like Jeremy Jones, Tommy Kennedy, Mark Tadd, Mike Gulyassy, Corey Deuel, Tony Watson, Mike Davis Jr and Dennis Hatch. Young players like Mike Delawder, John Morra, Devin Poteet, Hunter Lombardo, Sky Woodward, John Hennessee, Brandon Shuff, Donny Mills, Keith Bennett and Billy Thorpe also jumped in along with recent Maryland State Bar Table 10-Ball runner-up James Aranas. The game was 10-Ball played on 9 footers – race to 9, alternate break with an extended race to 13 finals. A player’s auction kicked off the event on Wednesday, followed by the draw and a $500 added mini-tournament. Format for the mini was single elimination 9-ball – race to 5. A full field of 32 players put up their $40 entry fees and when the smoke cleared, it came down to John Morra and Omar Alshaheen. Shaking off the

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tournament rust, John cruised to a 5-0 victory and top dog bragging rights. Play in the main event started at noon Thursday. By Sunday, the field had been whittled down to two undefeated players with four on the west side of the chart. Hot seat action saw Sky Woodward duking it out with Donny Mills. Final score – Sky 9-5. Brandon Shuff was defeated by hotshot James Aranas 9-3 leaving Brandon with a fourth-place finish. This set up the battle for the remaining berth in the finals. James, looking for another final versus Donny, looking for a rematch. It was James all the way as he defeated Donny, also 9-3, leaving Donny in third place. Good tournament, guys!!! The finals – an extended race to 13 – was close at the start but by the middle of the match, Sky started to pull away. The final score was 13-6 leaving James knocking at the door with another second-place finish. It won’t be long until he grabs a title. Great tournament, James. Congratulations to Sky Woodward for another notch on his championship titles belt!!! Fantastic tournament, Sky!!! We’d like to thank Brass Tap’s owner, Richard Kuntz, and his staff for another top-notch event. Tournament Director Herman Parker did a fabulous job keeping the event running smoothly. And, many

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Sep 1

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Sep 1

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Bison Billiards

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Astoria, NY

Steinway Billiards

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Southington, CT

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Edison,NJ

Sandcastle Billiards

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NJ State 9-Ball

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Raleigh, NC

Brown’s Billiards

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Williamsville, NY

Bison Billiards

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Sep 16-17

Norristown, PA

Markley Billiards

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Sep 16-17

Atlanta, GA

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Sep 16-17

Atlanta, GA

Mr Cues II

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Sep 16-17

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The Revolution

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Fairfield, OH

Michael’s Billiards

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Orange Park, FL

Park Avenue Billiards

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10-Ball

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Steinway Billiards

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Steinway Billiards

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Highrock Challenge-Limit 112

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Parkersburg, WV

The League Room

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Oct 2-8

Astoria, NY

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Oct 6

Williamsville, NY

Bison Billiards

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Noon

Oct 7

Davie, FL

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Oct 14-16

Brooklyn, NY

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Oct 20-21

Virginia Beach, VA

Q-Master Billiards

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Williamsville, NY

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Oct 22

Astoria, NY

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Oct 22-28

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42nd U.S. Open 9-Ball Max 160

Oct 30-Nov1 Astoria, NY

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Nov 4

Williamsville, NY

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Nov 4

Raleigh, NC

Brown’s Billiards

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NC State 8-Ball Championship

Nov 4-5

Astoria, NY

Steinway Billiards

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4th Annual NYC 8-Ball Champ.

Nov 11

Atlanta, GA

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Nov 12

Astoria, NY

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Nov 18

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Nov 18-19

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Nov 25-26

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