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New York City- December 16-21, 2014 64 women from all over the world and all over the United States have made the trek to the center of modern civilization for the highly anticipated Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship! The event is the longest women’s billiard event of any kind with 6 days of heavy pool action with a round robin event that evolves into a final single elimination chart. The festivities began with the ANDY CLOTH Battle of the Billiard Beauties which will air on TV networks after the event, and then had a huge banquet with star speakers, players meeting, and Pro-Am event. All activities are taking place at Steinway Billiards Cafe and sponsored by Andy Cloth, J.Pechauer Cues, Viking Cues, Steinway Billiards, Olhausen Balls, Pool & Billiard Magazine, the NAPL & Focused Apparel. Patron sponsors include Dr. Greg Diehl, Tom Gleich, and Dr. Michael Frank. Media partners include PKE Partners, IB Sports, NYC Grind, Gotham City Technologies, Nona Photography, and Charles Eames Photography. DAY 1 saw 3 time World Champion Ga Young Kim dominate her group thus far with 2 match wins and dropping only 1 game taking out South Dakota’s Megan Thornes 6-0 and China’s Jing Liu 6-1. Kim also dominated the special event 2 days earlier over Jeanette Lee, Shanelle Loraine, Akiko Kitayama at the Battle of the Billiard Beauties. On the western front, Texan Vivian Villarreal shutout her group’s top seeded Nathalie Seicter of the Netherlands and also whizzed past Sara Miller of AZ 6-1. NYC’s own Jennifer Barretta also was able to maintain a perfect day with wins over Belinda Lee and Caroline Pao. Taiwan’s resurgent Jennifer Chen looks very strong with wins over New Zealand’s Denise Wilkinson 6-5 and Wisconsin’s Kelly O’Heron 6-0. But the day wasn’t without surprises. In Group 6 unheralded USA Connie O’Heron upset the top seed in the group Li Jia of China 6-5 while #15 seed Canadian Maureen Seto defeated the #2 seed of the event Jeanette Lee 6-5 after being down 5-3. DDD-Day! Today is Do-or Die- Day as half the field will be cut as 32 women face elimination from the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship. China, Russia, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Sweden and USA look strong to take top seedings into the final rounds of the event. Who’s looking good: Players looking to take the top seeds in their groups include Ga Young Kim (KOREA) the event’s original #1 seed, she has been storming through her opponents in record time with the exception of local NY pro Erin McManus who gave the 3 times World Champion a tough match who only lost 4-6. McManus looks prime to take one of the top 4 spots in the group, and Florida’s Jessica Barnes could take the 2nd spot. In other groups, Taiwan’s Jennifer Chen, Russia’s Anna Mazhirina, and USA’s Vivian Villarreal remain undefeated. Florida’s top player Jeannie Seaver, a qualifier winner, could steal her Group 5 as she also remains undefeated! Maureen Seto could steal away the top spot in Group 2 from #2 event seed Jeanette Lee today. Seto controls her own destiny after she came from behind to defeat the Black Widow and has remained undefeated. Lee still looks safe to get through. In danger: Some notable players that are in do or die situations today that likely must win all their matches include: WPBA pro Emily Duddy (NY) , WPBA legend Belinda Calhoun (Beardon), Hiroko Makiyama (JAPAN), Suzanne Smith (WA), Jing Liu (CHINA) , Caroline Pao (NY), and Netherland’s top pro Nathalie Seichter. The Canadians survived the DDD-Day. The Do-or Die- Day 3 saw the majority of the Canadians make it through the round robin stage, with a huge feather in the cap as Naomi Williams of Toronto went undefeated in her group to take one of the top 3 seeds.

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Seven ladies that represented Canada in the event included Veronique Menard, Brittany Bryant, Grace Nakamura, Naomi Williams, Corrine Johnson, Denise Belanger, and Nathalie Chabot. Qualifier winners were Williams and Chabot, and they both made most of the free entry they won with both ladies qualifying in their groups to the final cut of 32 players. Chabot has had a fantastic journey which she says “This is a dream come true”. Williams rocketed out of her group with wins over Vicki Paski, New Zealand’s Denise Wilkinson, Denise Reeves, Kelly O’Heron, Grace Nakamura, and Rebecca Wagner with no player passing 3 games on her. Then she defeated the group top seed Jennifer Chen of Taiwan 6-4 to seal her as the group leader and eventual #3 seed of the entire event going into the next and final round. Only Nakamura and Johnson did not make it out of their groups. But they still left their mark with Nakamura winning 3 matches and took Chen to the hill losing 6-5. Johnson made her pro event debut and was able to take home 7 matches of experience including a win over WPBA veteran Dawn Hopkins. As usual, the Canadians have stuck together with boisterous support of one another. Even fellow players who did not qualify for the main event have flown out to NYC just to support their fellow sisters of pool! One player wasn’t worried about the DDD-Day. Vivian Villarreal lived up to her mantle of Texas Tornado on Do-or Die- Day when she defeated her final opponents to keep a perfect 7-0 record with only dropping 10 games total. Vivian took the #1 seed away from Korea’s Ga Young Kim who also went undefeated but had lost a toal of 12 games. Surprise darkhorse Naomi Williams of Canada also went undefeated and tied Ga Young with the exact number of match wins (7) , games won (42) and games lost (12) . So to determine the #2 and #3 seed a sudden death game was scheduled but Ga Young had left the event after her earlier match, so an official coin toss took place where Naomi called tails. The first time the coin went off table by director John Leyman. It landed tails. Next he re-flipped to keep it on the table and it landed heads again. The higher seed went to Ms.Kim. The result was Kim would play #31 seed Samantha Barrett while Naomi played #30 seed Belinda Calhoun. Villarreal continues her marvelous play in the final 32 with a 10-2 landslide over Guam’s Shanelle Loraine, and a 10-3 thrashing of Florida’s top lady Jeannie Seaver, who won a qualifier to get here. Ga Young won a speedy 10-1 over newbie Samantha Barrett while 6x Canadian National Champion Naomi dominated Belinda Calhoun 10-1. Eight players have survived the first day of single knockout. Six countries are left which are Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, USA, and Canada. The pro tournament is the longest women’s billiard event of any kind with 6 days of heavy pool action with a round robin event that evolves into a final single elimination chart where players will start out races to 10 in 10-Ball and eventually rise to races to 11,13, and 17 in the finals. The day was full of upsets with alot of damage coming from the qualifier winners. Arizona’s Bernie Store had played in 2 qualifiers in California and Washington, losing in both. She received a wild card and has made good use of it with easily qualifying in her group with a huge win over top 3 American pro Jennifer Barretta of NY. “She played amazing against me. She made every tough shot”, said Barretta. Bernie then moved on and knocked out Canadian top pro Veronique Menard 10-5 and then faced Hiroko Makiyama of Japan. Ironically, Makiyama defeated Bernie in the Los Angeles qualifier and though Store held an early 4-2 lead in the sweet sixteen, she succumbed to Makiyama 10-6. Still, a very well deserved 9th place at her first major pro event and getting some good cash as well! On that note, Makiyama also was utilizing her free entry from her qualifier win and knocked out #6 seed Li Jia from China 10-7. She faces #1 seed Vivian Villarreal of TX, USA in today’s quarter-finals. By far it’s the biggest accomplishment of her career so far. Another qualifier winner Naomi Williams of Canada continued her outstanding play with a hard fought 10-8 win over Tara Williams of Texas. Williams finishes 9th in the money which included her 10-4 dominant win over local pro Erin McManus of NY. In the biggest marquee match of the day, Jennifer Barretta played her best match of the event so far with a huge win over fellow top ranking American Jeanete Lee. Barretta came out with a 2-0 lead, and though Lee tied it at 2-2, Barretta took over from there and ended with a 10-6 victory to move into the elite 8. “ I couldn’t find my break and kept scratching. You can’t do that against Jen. She played good behind

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Ga Young Kim proved why most experts consider her the greatest female pool player in the world as she put on a clinic against her lovely counterparts yesterday. The ANDY CLOTH Battle of the Billiard Beauties will be a TV network aired program that brought together Kim, #1 American Jeanette Lee, Guam’s Shanelle Loraine & Japan’s Akiko “Leopard Queen” KItayama. as they got it on in a pool beauty slugfest!! The players would start off playing duel matches in 8-Ball and 9-Ball earning points for every game won and set one. The evening finale would be a ring game 10-Ball where the points would determine how much ante each lady had and how long they would last. The first match saw Jeanette win 3-0 against Shanelle in 8-Ball and though Shanelle won the first game in 9-Ball, Lee came back with 3 in a row. Akiko came next and showed off her 8-Ball skills with 3-0 blank of Shanelle, but Shanelle bounced back and shut Akiko down 3-1 in the 9-Ball which equaled them both splitting the sets. Next Ga Young came out, and apparently jetlag proof as she scorched Akiko 3-0, 3-0 in 20 minutes. Then she looked liked she was going to blank out Shanelle but Loraine came back and made a huge runout including a tough backward cut of the 8-Ball into the side. Although she lost the set 3-1, the one game proved significant as it would be Kim’s only blemish the entire day! Kim proceeded to win 3-0 in the 9-Ball. Next Jeanette defeated Akiko 3-1 and 3-0. This set up the finale duel between Kim and Lee, who coincidentally are the #1 and #2 seed in this week’s Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship . The final duel match proved to be anti-climatic as Kim broke and ran the first 2 racks of 8-Ball leading to a 3-0 shutout and then a 3-0 shutout in 9-Ball. Kim was on fire running out shooting balls in an average 4 seconds per shot! A special bank pool match was held with Lee and Kim, and this proved much more closer as Kim and Lee traded games and some great banking. KIm still scored a 3-1 win in the exhibition match. In the final 10-Ball ringgame, Kim came in with the most chips at 3000, Lee had 2000, Shanelle at 700, and Akiko at 600. AKiko was eliminated in the 5th game, and Shanelle won a nice 900 chip game but followed next out the door in the 7th game. Jeanette and Kim traded games back and forth but Kim’s lead was too great and put Lee in sudden death mode 3 times. Finally Kim ended the match and the event with a runout to be crowned the Queen of the Billiard Beauties!

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especially when Chen missed a ball in hand! Safety play engaged with Chen the more experience player winning the exchange but missed a very makeable 4-Ball. A ray of hope for Chen when Denise snookered herself on the 5-Ball , but she made a terrific rail first to make it and completed a difficult and pressure pounding runout to the delight of her aunt and uncle who accompanied her on this long trip! Wilkinson plays in the final quarter finals today against Canadian champ Naomi Williams. An American woman will be in the finals. After their quarter-finals wins, NYC’s Jennifer Barretta and Texan Vivian Villarreal have ensured one USA player in the finals as they will face each other for the right to represent America in tomorrow’s finale of the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship. For Barretta, a win here would mark her first official pro career major win. For Villarreal, it would be her 20th international title of her career and first major win in over a decade. Barretta would face Canadian #1 and former World Junior Champion Brittany Bryant in the quarters. Barretta kept the control in the match and eventually shut the Canadian down 11-7. “I love this format. Playing the round robin felt like a month of practice was done in 3 days. And the long races now are huge and play to my strengths”, said Barretta. Villarreal had her hands full to the brim when upstart newbie Hiroko Makiyama of Japan managed to keep pace with the fast tootin Texan Tornado until the match reached 6-6. Makiyama, who won a qualifier to get into the event, missed a 10-Ball that would have given her the lead. Instead, the flood gates were opened and Villarreal quickly took over the match from there and won 11-6. “At 6-6 I missed an easy 10 ball and lost 11-6 lol!!! Still loved every minute of it. Thank you everyone!!”, said an elated Makiyama who made her free qualifier entry stretch for miles. There’s good pool, great pool, and Ga Young Kim pool. Ga Young Kim put on an exhibition of masterful shots in last night’s semi-finals in a entertaining and dominating performance that resulted in a 13-3 rout. Texan Vivian Villarreal also played superbly completely controlling her semi-finals by identical 13-3 scores. Young newbie Denise Wilkinson came with her aunt and uncle on 6 days notice to New York City all the way from New Zealand on a 22 hour flight. They didn’t expect alot. But the trip paid out in dividends when Denise came through the round robin and then defeated Amway World Champion Jennifer Chen of Taiwan and then knowcked out 5x Canadian National Champion Naomi Williams in the quarter finals. “We just wanted her to get experience. She doesn’t have many people to play with in New Zealand. But this is far more than we expected with her getting to the semi-finals”, said Wendy Cook, her aunt who also manages Wilkinson. But now she was playing a 3 times World Champion. And Ga Young Kim didn’t fail to deliver on why most believe she is the best on the planet. The match started off a little slow with Kim taking a 2 game lead off some errors. Denise then got her first open shot and made a nice statement on a strong out. But then some nerves showed off a few misses. Ga Young Kim then turned up the notches making some incredible outs. Kim broke so well hitting the 10-Ball rack with power and accuracy stopping the cueball at the center repeatedly and balls flying in. Shane Van Boening would’ve been impressed. Kim also made spectacular jumps shots, kick shots, bank shots, shot with the bridge, behind her back, and almost decided to go for a difficult masse but decided not to. And the balls listened as if they had no choice. Wilkinson likely has never experienced this kind of playing against her, and it visibly rattled her as she was not able to take advantage even with ball in hand once and hooked herself on the 9-Ball. Eventually Kim won 13-3 with a 9 game win streak in a 80 minute match. “She looked like she could do anything she wanted in that match. It’s kind of scary”, said Mike Badsteubner one of the expert commentators for the event. Ga Young moves into the finals with a 11-0 record for the event. If you include the Battle of the Billiards Beauty tournament beforehand, she has won 19 consecutive matches during the past 7 days. Today if she wins in the finals it will make it an even 20. “ I don’t think I’ve played my best game yet this week”, said Kim. All we can say is wow to that.

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The top performers of this week along with the organizers: John Leyman, Cindy Lee, Vivian Villarreal, Ga Young Kim, Jennifer Barretta, & Charlie Williams The Villarreal vs Barretta match was highly anticipated as a marquee semi-finals. But it turned out to be a one sided affair with Barretta playing one of her worst matches. On the otherhand, Vivian looked as good as she ever has 2 stroking balls in left and right. VIllarreal’s high octane game looked amped up compared to Barretta and she dominated to a 13-3 win that took well under 2 hours. “I feel really good. I’m playing as good as I can”, said Villarreal. East vs West. Dynamic vs Dynamic. Hands down the two best performing players this week has been Texan Vivian Villarreal and South Korea’s Ga Young Kim. How well are both players playing? Let’s look at the stats: Villarreal: 24 games lost and 86 games won. 11-0 record with closest match score at 11-6. Ga Young Kim: 24 games lost and 86 games won. 11-0 record with closest match score at 11-5. Look familiar? Villarreal has just come back from a undefeated run last weekend going 7-0 to win the Space City Open in Texas. This puts her at a 18 match win streak coming into today’s finals. Ga Young had won all 8 matches the last event she played before the start of this week making her total 19 match win streak in a row. “I’m really playing the best pool of my life right now. I don’t know why, but I just feel good. Maybe because I’ve been playing with alot of good men players lately”, said Vivian today in an interview. “But I am so happy I’m playing Ga Young today. I love her fast pace style which

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suits me just fine. Last night my match would’ve been faster but Barretta has a slower pace style which doesn’t really suit me. She is still a very good player. Ga Young told me she is going to play real slow against me and I just laughed. We haven’t played a finals since over a decade ago. But I love this format! Someone said the finals between us would take 6 hours. No way! Me and Ga Young would bet the whole $20,000 in the finals purse that we will be done well before that. I predict the finals over in 2 and a half hours tops.” “We always hope that we will play in the finals. Though it has only happened once a long time ago” said Ga Young. “ But Vivian is playing so good, and I love her style. She always plays the same rhythm. She is so full of concentration and confidence. I like that. I love the long races in the final rounds. The race to 17 is great! I haven’t played my best pool yet. Maybe today will be better” When asked outright if she was the best player in the world, Ga Young took a pause to think. “Yes. I think I am the best.” To add to the commonalities, both players have been rooming with each other since the start of the event. Talking about apples to apples! THE FINALS South Korea’s gem Ga Young Kim didn’t play a perfect championship finals, but it was still dominant and amazing. The finale of the 6 day Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship saw a colorful field of 64 women narrow down to the two best performing players in the tournament in Vivian

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Women’s International Championship

The 64 women from all over the world and all over the United States for the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship Villarreal of Texas,USA and Ga Young Kim. “ I’m really playing the best pool of my life right now. I don’t know why, but I just feel good. Maybe because I’ve been playing with alot of good men players lately”, said Vivian today in an interview. “Vivian is playing so good, and I love her style. She always plays the same rhythm. She is so full of concentration and confidence. I like that” commented Kim on her upcoming foe. The unprecedented race to 17 finals began with Vivian winning the first game quickly off a 2/10 combo but GYK came right back with a runout to tie at 1-1. Vivian came back the next game to take the lead again, and once again GYK tied at 2-2. Then Kim took the lead, but Vivian won the next 2 to take the lead back. The match was going back and forth with both players making great shots but also some errors. It was apparent both players felt the pressure of the finals. Eventually the match stood at 6-6 and Villarreal had a golden chance to re-take the lead again but scratched behind a carom on the 10-Ball. This is where the momentum switched to GYK’s favor. Kim took the next rack and then hooked herself. She studied the shot and kicked the ball in and ran out. Kim would kick in a total of 3 balls in the finals not to mention numerous kicks that maneuvered her out of harm’s way. Villarreal had a golden opportunity to get within one game again at 8-6, but could not take advantage of a rare ball in hand given from Kim to Vivian. Another rack had Villarreal make a routine 9-Ball but overran position and froze the cueball to the 10-ball with no offensive option. She played safe and left GYK a long off angle bank. Kim banked the ball long rails perfectly. Kim would take the next 4 racks including a runout with a beautiful behind the back Bustamante-like shot and end the score at 10-6 her favor at the intermission. Thirty minutes later the match resumed, and the break worked in Villarreal’s favor slowing down Kim’s 5 game win streak. The Texas Tornado would win the next 2 games and brought the score to 10-8. But Kim turned up the notch further with some spectacular jump shots, kicks, and superior breaking power. At one point, she even took her bridge out and her jumpcue, and proceeded to make a jump shot extended with a bridge. The score extended to 13-8 GYK’s favor. 1487 N Curtis Rd Boise, ID

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Villarreal would continue making errors on shots and position until the score reached 15-8. Vivian would notch another game at 15-9. GYK went to the hill at 16-9. Villarreal made a crucial out off a GYK break to get to the double digits at 16-10. Thus far Villarreal had already surpassed the most games won against GYK in the event (her next closest match was 11-6 over Helena Thornfeldt). Villarreal made another great runout and seemed to be coming into a new rhythm when the unthinkable happened. Vivian missed a straight in 10-Ball. Stunned, Vivian paused and stayed at the table after the miss for a few moments before deciding to concede the game. A bitter ending for Villarreal, but well earned victory for Kim. Villarreal then walked off the arena for a few minutes trying to catch her composure in a clearly emotional loss. To give the well deserving runner-up time, event producer Charlie Williams started the closing ceremonies and introduced the Bronze Medalist Jennifer Barretta of NYC. Denise Wilkinson of New Zealand also received the Bronze but had to depart on her 22 hour flight earlier that day. “It felt really great to play in front of my home crowd. I wish I performed better. It was my son Max’s 8 year old birthday yesterday during my semi-finals and I promised if I won the tournament he would have a week long celebration of legos!” said Barretta. Finally Villarreal returned and was awarded the Silver Medal and runner-up plaque. She was greeted by a consoling hug from Williams. Still teary eyed, Villarreal started, “I’m sorry. Nothing to take away from you babe you know I love you (to Ga Young) but I really thought I was going to win this tournament. I played so good this week, and I just didn’t show up.” Choking up a bit more she continued, “I had dreams of that trophy being filled with Coronas!” Then she let out a expletive to the laughter of the fans. “People don’t realize how great a kicker Ga Young is. You can’t three foul her because her 3Cushion skills are so strong. She kept getting out of all my safeties. She’s just a great player”, Villarreal ended her speech on that flattering note to the champion. “I am so happy that I was able to play so well this week. I was busy in Korea and China between events and school, but I really wanted to come here and play this event. And now my dream came true. I’m so happy!”, said Ga Young. When asked how was she able to turn on her competitive spirit against her best friend on tour and roommate at this event Poker Tournaments all week, she simply said, “I am a professional.” Sun thru Thurs at 6 & 9PM All in all, it was a week full of amazing matches and unforgettable Food & Drink Specials memories and friendship amongst new players and old foes. Ga Weekly Specials - Big Screen TV Young Kim started the event as the #1 seed, won 12 matches in a 4 Pool Tables - 6 Dart Boards row and ended it with the crown of champion amongst a field of Karaoke/D J: Everyday - Happy Hour M-F 11-6 international stars. She continues to prove to the world that she is the best there is and what she does. 8401 S Hosmer Way - Tacoma, WA

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There is a transition time with every player, it’s just a matter of how abbreviated it is. We call this “The Gathering of the Shot”....and players like Buddy Hall do it beautifully - this is one of the reasons he was known to have the best cue ball control in history. It requires energy to take the cue back and it takes more energy to redirect the cue. Mentally (usually subconsciously) there’s a calculation that must take place to equate the forward movement of the cue with the speed and length of the shot. I like to practice exaggerating this technique so that there’s a distinct forward motion of the cue......after all, we never hit the cue ball with our back-swing, it’s just used to coil the cue back before the moment of release - or they say “the moment of highest tension”. There is one school of thought that the follow through doesn’t matter because the cue ball is already gone. This may be true in one respect, especially if you just look at the stroke mechanically. However, from my experience it’s vital to control the after contact movement of the cue ball WITH the length of the follow through. This is what gives the player that high degree of touch and feel for the game that’s essential for top

notch performance under pressure......when you are in that “do or die” situation. When I want the “after contact” movement of the cue ball to be exaggerated I exaggerate the follow through, when I want the “after contact” movement to be compat, then I compact my follow through.....even if I want the cue ball to jump slightly I’ll use a “staccato type” follow through that creates that movement. If I didn’t have a very good understanding of how the cue moves FORWARD from the top of the back-swing I would not be able to play at the champion’s level of performance. Whether a player is aware of it or not the follow through must connect to the “after contact” reaction of the cue ball....or you’ll always be playing a “guessing game,” and it really shows up under the pressure of a high dollar match or tournament. The cue ball’s reaction, at the highest level is a reflection of what the cue is doing......the more you can calibrate the cue’s motion to coincide with the cue ball’s “after contact” reaction the better off you will be.......this is one of the essential “differences that make a difference” in winning or just coming close. ‘The Inner Game is the Teacher’

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Draw for Show, Follow for Dough Tom Simpson © September 2000 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com

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Everyone loves to shoot draw shots (backspin). They are exciting and showy – when they work, that is.

spinning or rolling force in the ball. This can be sidespin, draw, or follow.

In golf, there is an old maxim that says “Drive for show, putt for dough.” We have the same underlying problem, and need a similar piece of advice in pool, so I say “Draw for show, follow for dough.” The problem is, just like in golf, draw shots (and drives) are sexy, but difficult to control. Follow shots (and putts) are much easier to master, and are what wins matches and tournaments.

These two forces act very differently. At impact, the forward force is split between the cueball and the object ball. When you hit an OB full on (0° cut angle), all of the forward force is transferred to the OB. That’s why stop shots happen. While the forward force is split between the balls, according to the cut angle, the rotational force does not split. It remains in the CB. In other words, the spin stays (for our purposes) in the CB.

You can prove this to yourself. Set up an easy straight-in shot. Try shooting it with follow, and follow 1, 2, and 4 diamonds forward. You can probably manage this fairly consistently. Now, try the same challenge with draw. While you may be able to do it, you’ll never be as accurate or as consistent with draw. The main reason is that with draw, you have to break the friction between the cueball and the cloth to make it spin backward, and it takes great precision and touch to do it just right. What really matters is what the cueball is doing at the moment of impact with the object ball. This is so important, I’ll say it again: What really matters is what the cueball is doing at the moment of impact. Draw wears off as the cueball travels. Friction between the cloth and the skidding ball takes the backspin off. Once all the draw wears off, the cueball begins “natural roll.” Natural roll is actually considered follow. Most players think follow has to be overspin, but the truth is, you get very little overspin, and it wears off very quickly. Most follow is merely natural roll, and you get more by hitting harder. Yes, it really looks like overspin is causing all that follow effect, but that’s not generally what’s happening. >Here is a simple way to think about what happens when the cueball (CB) hits an object ball (OB). There are two types of force at work (not the full physics, but a useful way to think about it). The first type is “forward force.” This is what you would feel if the CB hit you in the face. It’s the force the ball has in the direction it’s going. The second force is “rotational force.” Rotational force is any

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So, let’s go back to our easy straight-in shot. If the CB has backspin when it hits the OB, the forward force all goes into the OB, and the CB stops dead. The rotational force still in the CB spins against the cloth, and as it grabs, it pulls the CB back, away from the collision point. This is what makes draw shots work. If the CB arrives at the OB with follow or natural roll (any forward rotational force), the forward force goes into the OB and the forward rotational force grabs the cloth and propels the CB forward, creating a follow shot. On the other hand, if the CB arrives at the OB with no rotational force (a sliding or “stun” shot), on a straight-in shot the CB stops dead. This is how stop shots work. No matter how hard you hit or how much spin you use, what matters is what the CB is doing at the moment of impact. Is it rolling, spinning, or sliding, and which way and how fast? Given that draw wears off and turns into follow (while follow is always follow), you can see why it’s much harder to control how much draw is on the CB at the moment of impact. Look for position opportunities that use follow, and your position play will improve. When you have ball in hand, consider placing it near a ball and shooting that ball to whatever pocket will let you follow for good position. It’s better to take these long follow shots for easy position than to take a short draw shot. Which would you rather do for $1,000 – draw 12” or follow 12”? (Hint: see article title.)

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How Without to Run a Tournament Losing Your Sanity or Hair

Michael K Glass

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

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I am sure most of you have participated in a pool tournament or two. Sometimes, the tournaments seem to go off without a hitch, run very smoothly, and finish on time. Other times… well… they don’t go so well. This is usually due to the tournament director not being very prepared, and organized. Hopefully, I can impart some advice here that will help you get the most bang for your buck, and encourage people to attend your next tournament. There are a lot of considerations, and not a lot of space, so let’s get to it! Format What game are we playing? 9-ball? 10-ball? One pocket? It’s best to pick a game that most people want to play, and are familiar with. Some games are inherently quick, while others can take a long time. If you run a One-Pocket tournament, you might run into hour-long games. Then you may have to consider time limits on games and/or shots, which many players do not like. As for the tournament, will it be double or single elimination? Modified Single? Round Robin? Will the final match be a true double elimination, or a longer race? How many games to win a match? Most players like longer matches, do reduce the luck factor. Don’t just pick a game and random format… do some research, and see what people are most interested in. Double elimination tournaments take longer, but give people a bigger incentive to play. When choosing your formats, consider the following variables: How many tables do you have available? How many players will you limit the tournament to? How many days will it run? This, of course, leads us to: Time Management When running a tournament, time can sometimes be your enemy, in many ways. Let’s try to make it work for you. Make sure you advertise your tournament well in advance. If it’s a national tournament, you may want to plan it a year in advance. If it’s local, a month or two might suffice, but you must allow people to plan their day/weekend/ week well ahead of time. If you only allow a week’s notice, many people will already have other plans, and you wont’ get a good turnout. Second, when running the tournament, make sure you start your matches on time. Don’t delay the tournament start, and be sure your players know there will be penalties if they don’t show up for their matches on time. In the Mezz West State Tour, for example, there are no specific match times. Everyone is expected to be at or near the facility, and Desiree and Oscar will put you on the clock after they call you. After a short time (10 minutes, I believe), you will forfeit your match. Put the responsibility on the players. They will respect it. In other tournaments, you will have specific match times. This is nice, because it allows players to leave the venue and return for their match at the appropriate time. The U.S. Amateur Championships are run this way, and they do a fantastic

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job of keeping things moving. Time will continue to march on, and will not stop. Make sure you keep things moving, and encourage your players to respect it as well. One final note on time: if you consider using a shot clock, be aware that some players might be turned off and won’t participate, and it will change the dynamic of the game. Pool is a thoughtful game. The shot clock is best used for televised matches to keep the spectators from being bored. That shouldn’t be a concern for most locally run tournaments, but do encourage your players to keep things moving. Venue You might not have much of a choice about where the tournament is going to be run, especially if it’s a locally run tournament in your pool room. If you do have a choice, however, here are a few things to consider: Is there food available, or accessible close by? How about a bar? Many players like to drink, and if there is no bar, you might be limiting the number of participants. Is there room for spectating? Family members, spouses, and friends may want to watch, and you definitely need some place for players to rest and watch matches when they are not playing. While the U.S. Amateur Championship is run very smoothly, they are fairly limited on space for spectators. A place with stadium seating would be ideal, but unfortunately, is a rare thing. One of my favorite venues with ample spectator seating is Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento, CA. Payouts Be very clear on the payouts for your tournament. Some tournaments spread the winnings over many places, while others give a very large proportion to the winner. Consider how you want to spread the winnings, and be very clear about it. Other considerations include: 1. Putting bounties on previous winners 2. Running a Calcutta Auction before the tournament (make sure you allow for this when considering time management. Get through it quickly and efficiently!) 3. Is the house willing to add money to the price pool? The Mezz West State Tour adds $2000 for each stop in their tour. It’s a great incentive. This is by no means an exhaustive list of considerations for your tournament. If you take anything away from this, it should be that you need to plan ahead. There are many online resources you can use for rules, tips on running tournaments, and even some great tournament bracket apps. Above all, make sure it’s fun! You want people to enjoy themselves, and come back for your next tournament. Good Luck! Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at pool@ billiardsprofessor.com. You can also find me hanging out at various pool rooms in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Be sure to say hello if you see me!

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SOFT SPOT SHOTS

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In a recent straight pool (14.1) league match, my opponent scratched and I had to play a spot shot as shown in Shot 1 of the diagram. It didn’t require anything special -- no side spin or draw, just a rolling cue ball with the right speed to leave it between the side pockets. I found out that I need practice. Maybe you do too. Spot shots used to be far more common than they are today. Back in the day, most illegally pockets balls were spotted and there was never “ball in hand anywhere”. These days you will really need them only at 14.1 and one pocket, but they also make good practice shot.s to help your long cuts at all games. If you place the cue ball as shown in Shot 1 with the cue stick passing over the corner pocket, you will have a visible target for the shot. This is the position for a half-ball shot (30-degree cut) in which the cue stick is pointed at the edge of the object ball. The exact placement depends a little on the size of the table and the balls, but the butt will pass over some part of the corner pocket for a half-ball spot shot. An additional advantage of the half-ball shot is that for a rolling cue ball, the angle the cue ball takes off the object ball is almost constant and very predictable, making position play easier. Try the shot without any side spin and see if the cue ball naturally goes to spot A on the table, which is between the side pockets and a diamond from the pocket to your left. Again, this is slightly affected by the equipment. Put up a marker of some kind, such as a penny, where the cue ball wants to go without side spin. Practice until you have put the cue ball within a few inches (set your own goal) of the marker three times in a row. Next try the shot with outside English, which in this case is left, and see if you can leave the cue ball right in the middle of the table at C. Many players find this the easiest way to play the shot but I like the no-spin option. After you master C, see if you can work the cue ball even farther to the right with serious left side spin. In my practice session after my match I was a little surprised by how far I could get the cue ball to the right with max English. You probably saw this next part coming. Use inside or right English next and leave the cue ball at B. This is the hardest way for me to play the shot. For other variations, start the cue ball at F, where most would place the cue ball for a spot shot, and at E, so you can get a feel for how much the starting spot changes the ending spot for the cue ball with various spins. If the standard spot shot is outside your current comfort zone, start with the shorter Shot 2. The

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things for you to vary are about the same but you are taking the cue ball off only one cushion and not moving it as far. For the shot shown, E should be the natural ending spot with no side spin, which right English should get you to F and right English should end near D. During your practice sessions you should gradually make the shot harder but not so hard that you have less than 50% success rate. To make the shot harder, move both the cue ball and object ball farther away from the pocket.

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THE DREADED END RAIL

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.

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Over the years, I have noticed one thing about the game of 8-Ball; the player that generally has the best layout wins the majority of the time. In recent months, we have already discussed several strategies related to varying circumstances the game sometimes brings about, but the one thing I have neglected to share with you are my thoughts related to balls that are sitting near either of the two end rails. Why is the end cushion a problem? The answer lies with the fact that balls positioned in this location are often difficult to pocket. Many times, it is a necessity to have a key ball just to play position on this area of the table. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option. In fact, I know several great pool players that don’t understand how big of an obstacle that the end rail is. In reality, the problem is so big that it’s almost like a bunker in golf. Anytime you have one of your object balls lying in that location, it is imperative to remove it as soon as possible. Most players just keep on shooting until they run out of easy shots and when they do they are often left firing at an impossible bank shot. Now, I’m not saying that you should do something rash to remove a ball sitting on the end rail; I’m simply suggesting that the ball should be removed if you can do so without risking any type of severe penalty. In fact, it’s one of the first problems I look for when I play a game of 8-Ball. Balls positioned Figure 1 in this area usually only have one pocket that they can be shot in. On the other hand, balls located near the middle of the table tend to have several pockets. Near the end of the game, your opponent can also leave you up table without ever giving you access to an easy shot (see the relationship between the cue ball and fourteen in Figure 1). If your final ball is on the end rail and your opponent is shooting, you can bet your bottom dollar that you are going to be left somewhere on the opposite end of the table. So what should you do? My advice is to remove the problem and build a better position for yourself. Essentially, you need to play pool as if you were playing chess. Continually work on the table layout until you have a substantial advantage. You can do this by either pocketing the problem ball or by moving it into a position Figure 2 where it will actually help you. Remember you shouldn’t always try to run the balls, just survey the table and do something smart. Another strategy might be to bump your ball over to the side rail and block the path of one of your opponent’s balls (Figure 2). As you do this, you should always remember to leave enough air between the balls to ensure that your ball can be easily pocketed. You don’t want to create another obstacle for yourself. You are only looking to make things more difficult for your opponent. In the words of pro player Mike Sigel, “There is always stuff to work on. You are never really there.” So the next time you decide to play 8-Ball, don’t be left up table with an off angle bank. Remember to think like a winner and try to give yourself a better position by moving balls away from the “dreaded end rail.”

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Europe Storms to Another ... Mosconi Cup Victory ... 11-5 TEAM EUROPE: NIKOS EKONOMOPOULOS, KARL BOYES, NIELS FEIJEN, MARK GRAY, JOHAN RUIJSINK, DARREN APPLETON

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TEAM EUROPE won the 2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup, beating the USA 11-5 in front of a boisterous crowd at the Tower Circus, Blackpool. The score line was their joint second best winning margin and leaves the Americans with some soul-searching to do as they attempt to get back into competitive shape for the annual transatlantic 9 ball showdown. Leading 9-5 going into the final session, the Europeans wanted just two points for the glory and two matches were all that were needed as first Darren Appleton beat Shane Van Boening 5-2 and then Nikos Ekonomopoulos did the same by a similar score to seal a one-sided victory for Europe. For the winning captain, Johan Ruijsink, it was his seventh and last Mosconi Cup in charge and remains undefeated, an astounding record in any sport. He said, “It is humbling to win again. The players played great and kept their chin up when they had to take something on the chin. In the last couple of matches we played our best pool. “We knew America would come out with Shane twice and we weren’t afraid but we were aware that if he got going and they had Justin Hall third who has played well this week, they might get some momentum and it is 9-8 and you might be in a bit of trouble. “We wanted to focus and Spartacus had two bad results with Shane this year and didn’t feel good about it. I gave him a chance to get revenge and bring the Cup home, and it was perfect that he did it. He had a chance to win it and he nailed it, he is a strong guy and he showed it. For Mark Wilson it was a sharp learning curve in his first run out as Team USA captain; “We have definitely improved. We didn’t come for a learning experience but we can take a lot away from this week.

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But the evening belonged to Europe and there was none prouder than home town hero Karl Boyes who made it three Mosconi Cup wins from three. “It’s amazing. It’s my third Mosconi Cup which is a brilliant achievement and obviously in my home town it’s very special. The first win (in 2010) was my favourite in terms of drama with the scoreline. Last year in Vegas was very much a one-sided tournament. “The last two days were a bit like Vegas last year because we broke away and got the win. When I saw the team sheet, I was a little disappointed because obviously I want to play and win the Mosconi Cup.” The Most Valuable Player Award went to Niels Feijen for having the best win percentage. It was the Dutchman’s third MVP trophy in four years which is a feat that may take some time to better. “Any player on any team, before you come in your worst nightmare is not to score points so to win points is great. It is never a goal to be MVP but I will take it.” Nikos Ekonomopoulos made it two wins from two Cups and it was the understated Greek who had the honour of sinking the final ball; “I feel very happy and very excited to get the winning 9 ball, but we worked as a team to win this trophy. We played really well, we were solid, and everybody supported each other. “I tried to concentrate and play my best. I wanted to fight every second for my team, I did that, and I won.” The 2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup was broadcast live throughout on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and ESPN3 in the United States. For fans outside those territories, it is available on www.live

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Diamond Billiards was the final stop for the TWCWT 2014 season. The year’s tour came with a kick off event which drew 53 players from all over and an addition of a new sponsor in Modesto Ca. We went from 5 to 7 stops. All the participants who played at least 4 stops qualified for the point money which was paid out this weekend at the final spot. We raffled the regular items from Tiger, Ozone Billiards and art posters donated by players. The Tiger Cue which is valued at over $800.00 was also raffled as the final prize and won by a local patron. 23 women joined in the celebration of this

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new stop and the ending of a successful season. Three local women, Debbie Hagar, BCA 2008 Champion Noel Campos and upcoming player Lupe Cruz; took advantage of the tour being in their neck of the woods and made everyone notice that Diamond Billiards was their home turf. They played the tables with confidence, skill and you could hear the locals cheering their hometown ladies on throughout both days. Sponsors Geoff Somer and Tim Costa made locals and visitors all feel welcome. They donated $750 towards the pot and opened a mixture of rebco tables and Brunswick Gold Crowns with 4” pockets all with simonis cloth for the ladies to enjoy. As matches were called out, the socializing between old and new friends, watching football on television and the smell of food cooking all under one roof got the day going. We were very happy to see one of our newest players stepped up and won enough games to qualify her for top 8. Naomi Manual who is also our very own professional photographer had a fabulous weekend and came back on Sunday morning to proudly wear her Tiger patch as one of the final 8 players. She got a bye, defeated Minnie Tayaotao, lost to Kirsten Karim and defeated local new player Lupe Cruz to earn her spot. Look out ladies she is an up and coming player and is showing impressive amounts of improvement at each stop. Eleanor Callado showed why she is ranked top 22 on WPBA. She dominated this year. She took 1st place in 4 stops (Hard Times, Broken Rack, Family Billiards and Diamond Billiards and a 2nd place at Buffalo Billiards). She accumulated 370 total points at the end of year. Her closet contender was Revelina Um with 204 points. Revelina ended the season with taking 1st in Petaluma, and 2nd in Broken Rack and Modesto Billiards stops. Eleanor had a bye, defeated Sondra Faith, Dorothy Lam and Kirsten Karim to place herself in position to play for the hot seat. Revelina Um had a very tough match against local veteran Debbie Hagar, coming ahead 7-5, Jessica Skye, Beth Mendoza and Stephanie Hefner to set herself for a match against Eleanor. On the one loss bracket we had Shawn Model loosing her first match to Tammy Moreda, and winning the next 5 matches to qualify in the top 8. She would defeat Aiem-Sa-Ard, Noel Campos, Jessica Sky, Dorothy Lam, Naomi Manuel and eventually lose to Stephanie Hefner, who one more time placed herself in top 3. Stephanie displayed consist skills this entire season. Minnie Tayaotao started the weekend with a bye, lost her second match to Naomi Manuel and also had to win her next 6 matches to make to final 8. She would defeat Debbie Hagar, Theresa Teague, Leslie Bernardi, and Beth Mendoza. At the end of Saturday night we had the following matches to begin sunday morning: Winner side: Stephanie Hefner vs Revelina Um and Kisten Karim vs Eleanor Callado. One loss side: Beth Mendoza vs Minnie Tayatao and Shawn Model vs Naomi Manuel. We would one more time get to see the match of Eleanor Callado versus Revelina Um for hot seat. El dominated and won with a score of 7-3. Rev would have to face Stephanie Hefner who she had defeated on the winner side one more time. This match would be a repeat and Rev would have one more chance to challenge Eleanor who was in the hot seat. Rev started strong and was on top of Eleanor 5-3 but was unable to close this first race to set up the final race to 5 for top prize. Eleanor would end up winning 7-5 to add one more stop to her great year. Please see TWCWT.com for all the final standings. 1st $275 Eleanor Callado 2nd $200 Revelina Um 3rd $150 Stephanie Hefner 4th $110 Minnie Tayaotao 5/6 $70 Kirsten Karim, Shawn Model 7/8 $30 Beth Mendoza, Naomi Manuel For the Second Chance we had 10 players returned: 1st $80 Leslie Bernardi 2nd $40 Jessica Sky 3/4 $20 A Aim Sa-Ard, Cony Mendoza We are looking forward to 2015 session. For now the members of the Committee thank everyone for joining in and making this another successful year. Em Callado – Tournament Director; Eleanor Callado- Treasurer – Website; Kevin Yu- Website – RTC Correspondent; Eric Harada – Referee; Stephanie Hefner – Admin Support - Documentation; Cony Mendoza – Tournament Coordinator – (Graphic Design coordination/fliers/Sponsor’s coordinator/recruiting/On The Break coordination) Our main sponsor continues to donate Tiger items to be raffled as well as a cue, which will is the main prize at the end of session. Our newest sponsor, Ozone Billiards, donated a cue case at every stop. As always, we want to thank our regular sponsors for 2014: Tony Kalamaryan, President of Tiger products; Mark Griffith of Magic Rack Don Akerlow of On The Break News; Ozone Billiards Cony Mendoza, Diablo Valley Pool Leagues If you enjoy women’s pool, please support the rooms and businesses that support our sport. The live streaming is provided by Denise Domingo. Photography by Naomi Manuel. Come out and join the fun. Women of all skill levels are welcome. Visit our website www.twcwt.com and our Facebook page Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour for more information.

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Malarkey’s

Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic Tacoma, WA

The 2014 Malarkey’s Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic Tournament attracted 77 pool players from Washington, Oregon, California and Canada. The weather wasn’t cooperating on Nov. 29-30, dumping 4-6 inches of snow that Saturday morning, but none of the pool players let that stop them from getting to Tacoma to for some of the best competition in the Pacific Northwest. Entry fee was $75 and the field filled up fast. Malarkey’s added $1,500, to make the total prize money $5,350. With 77 players, the race was to 7 on the A side and was shortened 6 on the B side. Once we got to the money rounds, the B side race went to back up to 7. Played on nine 9 ft Gold Crown tables, it took 16 hours on day 1 to get down to the final 16 players for day 2. Rail2Rail Productions furnished the live stream coverage and a new company from Canada, ScoreSaloon provided live match scoring on their website. The competition was intense and two players, one from WA and one from Canada, immediately stood out from the crowd, demolishing their opponents as they charged through the brackets: Dan Louie and Simon Pickering. Dan Louie won the point against LeRoy Dorsey and waited for the rest of the B side battle it out. On Day 2, Simon was sent to the B side by Rafael Martinez, but that didn’t stop Simon’s charge to the finals. He defeated some really top notch players, including Bob Zack, Stan Tourangeau and LeRoy Dorsey for a shot at Dan Louie in the Final Match. Simon won the first set against Dan Louie 7-3, but Dan was not going to be doubled dipped. Dan came back for the second set, stronger than ever and beat Simon 7-5 in that last set, winning the $1,400 first prize money! Simon took home $800 for his efforts. LeRoy Dorsey finished 3rd place. 1st High Woman was Jenny Lewis and 2nd was Joyce Robinson. Congratulations to the players finishing in the money. Thanks to all the players that participated, Clark Smith, owner of Malarkey’s for sponsoring this event and adding $1,500 to the prize money, Rebecca Easley, the tournament director, for managing 77 players in one weekend, ScoreSaloon for introducing live match scoring and Rail2Rail for their complete live stream coverage so no one had to miss any of the Malarkey’s Annual Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic.

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The 2014-2015 Rawhyde Cues All American Tour – presented by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) – featured its 5th stop at Match-Ups in Fort Collins, CO – the weekend of November 29-30, with the $1,000-added Annual Turkey Shoot in 8-ball on 7-foot Valley bar boxes drawing 73 players. Little did they know that the previous Top Gobbler was in attendance and ready to defend his title for the 3rd year in a row. Marc Vidal (Denver,CO) is that TOP GOBBLER once again. Vidal recorded victories over James Zook, Greg Romero, Dino Devost, Chad Shoulders, Robert Rivers and Dave Johnson to get to the hot seat. There he would face longtime Colorado champ Mark Haddad to set up a rematch of last year’s final. Haddad had lost to Dave Johnson in the A-side semifinals, but he gained some vengeance in returning to the B-side finals to oust Johnson at 3rd place. But in the tourney finals, little did Mr. Haddad know that the reigning champ was not ready to be denied his title of TOP GOBBLER for the 3rd straight year in a row. The field was full of strong bar table players from Colorado, Wyoming and Minnesota. The Minnesota shooters had a good showing with Dave Johnson finishing 3rd and Tim Brandt finishing 5th. Other notable finishers included Kathy Farmer from Greeley, CO who finished a strong 17th and was awarded Top Chick receiving $100.00. Great job, Kathy. Kudos to the Match-Ups crew for keeping all players fed and refreshed during the weekend. See ya'll next TURKEY SHOOT on Thanksgiving weekend 2015. Log on to www. compusport.us and click the Turkey Shoot for a full recap of all the matches. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors Rawhyde Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric and Nick Varner Signature Cases for their support. The Tour moves east in 2015 with two events on the second weekend of January: 1). a handicapped $500-added 8-Ball Tourney at 2nd Avenue Corner Pocket (contact 319-366-0979) in Friday 8-Ball at 8PM Cedar Rapids, IA, January 10; and 2). $2 entry-Call Pocket-$2 added a $500-added 8-ball tourney at Fired Saturday Blind Draw Sc Dbls at 8PM $3 entry-House Adds $2/player-Money Shoot Up Rock Bar & Grill in Virginia Beach, VA (contact 757-647-3421). Further 7225 4th Plain Blvd information, entry details and schedules Vancouver, Washington for the 2014/2015 Rawhyde Cues All 360-256-1110 American Tour are available at www. Karaoke Sun-Thu 9:30PM americancuesports.org.

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BRADY GOLAN

SPOKANE, WA On December 13th-14th we had 32 players show up and pay their entries to compete for the $800 1st place prize. We played a race to 7 on both sides with winner break and BCA rules. As the day ended our point match set between Sonny RedThunder and Dave Williams set for Sunday morning, meanwhile on the b-side the first matches of Sunday line up with Brady Golan playing Chris Rodriguez and Chase Guthrie waiting for the winner of that match. On the bottom of the b-side Greg Gilliland playing Todd Marsh with Smiley waiting for the winner. In a close hill-hill match Sonny claimed the point with Brady winning against Chris and Todd beating Greg. Both Todd and Brady continued their charge winning again, Brady against Chase and Todd

against Smiley. It was time for Todd and Brady to square off for an exciting match with Brady coming out on top. Now Brady was on to meet Dave who had just lost hill-hill to Sonny. Brady Continued to charge forward knocking off Dave for a chance to play Sonny for the 1st place. Brady game only picked up speed and he got the first set against Sonny 7-2 and he never looked back beating Sonny in the second set 7-0 to win the tournament. 1st $800 Brady Golan 2nd $500 Sonny RedThunder 3rd $300 Dave Williams 4th $160 Todd Marsh 5th-6th $100 Chase Guthrie, Smiley 7th-8th $60 Chris Rodriguez, Greg Gilliland

We hosted an Open Scotch Double Tournament November 8th and 9th here in Spokane. We had a good showing with 22 teams participating from as far away as Great Falls, MT. Wade Thompson And Jeff Boucher lost their first match to Lawrence Sowell and Joe Gilliland who eventually faced off with Gerry Breback and Tony Etchechoury to play for the point. Joe and Lawrence won sending Tony and Gerry to the one loss side to play Wade and Jeff who fought all the way back through the B-side. Wade and Jeff beat Tony and Gerry to earn a rematch from their first match and loss of the day. Wade and Jeff continued their come back to force a second set which they eventually won to take the first place prize of $800. The entry was $80 per team with $1000 added based on 32 teams. 1st $800 Wade Thompson-Jeff Boucher 2nd $500 Lawrence Sowell-Joe Gilliland 3rd $340 Gerry Breback-Tony Etchechoury 4th $210 Duke-John Cassidy 5th-6th $120 Smiley-Greg Gilliland $120 Clayton Foran-Benji JEFF BOUCHER

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The Champs (L-R) Meadow Klingler, Mai Schieck, Lyndee Russell, Janna Sue Nelson, Linh Le, Annie Hy, (Not pictured) Rhiannon James Congratulations to Amar Kang and Jaynard, the two finalists at the 1st annual Holiday Classic 9 Ball tournament at The Jointed Cue, Sacramento, CA. Amar outlasted Jaynard in a match that ended at nearly 3am to take the grand prize ($950). Jaynard walked away with ($550).

I’m so happy to report that The Jointed Cue Ladies Team won our Fourth Season in a row - undefeated at the Playoffs!! First time in the history of the Sacramento Cal State pool league that any women’s team has done that. The giant traveling trophy is now retired and has a permanent home at the Jointed Cue! We are so proud to represent! Thank you all for your love and encouragement! - Lyndee Russell

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Tri-annual Event Turns Out To Be the “T” Event

The tri-annual event was exciting as usual right down to the final games. It turned out to be the “T” event with Tommy Sliva, Tom Miyahira and 12 year old Tyler Reygers, If you aren’t familiar with Behind the Rock Tri-annual event it’s an event that takes place three times a year. Each location plays remotely and simultaneously. After each round each location uploads their matches, we calculate winners for each round to see who moves into the next round. We play two matches for round 1, one match for the Sudden Death round Elaine Eberly and two matches for the finals. Here are the results. 198 Intermediate Division: The first round comes down to 12 year old Tyler Reygers and Elaine Eberly. Both players shooting over their average for the chance to advance to the Sudden Death Round. Eberly shot a 36 (5.70 points over her average) added to her handicap of 97.47 brings her total to 133.47. Reygers shot a personal best of 43+94.93 handicap for a total of 137.93. This moved both players to the Sudden Death round of just one match. In this match both Reygers and Eberly struggled (a lot of pressure). Eberly came with 25 points 5.30 points under her average and Reygers with a 30, 3.13 points under his average, but it was enough for Reygers to lock in the number one seat for the final round. In the final round Eberly brought it home with 36+handicap of 97.29=final score 122.97, but fearless Reygers brought a 40+94.52 handicap for a final score of 134.50 capturing the 198 Intermediate division by a mere 1.21 points. It was anyone’s match down to the final game. Congratulations to both and thanks for making it a sweaters delight with each round finishing so close. Just a word about Elaine Eberly and Tyler Reygers. Elaine Eberly does

so much for the sport. She volunteers mass hours and has endless weeks sometimes running leagues, volunteering at BCA regaional events, coordinates raffles and events for the NWPA on top of running her own Behind the Rock weekly event. I appreciate her so much and she does so much for so many organizations. Thank you Elaine. Tyler Reygers is new to the pool world and is 12 years old. He works hard on his game focusing on expanding his knowledge base and grinding away at his fundamentals (you know the stuff that a lot of players skip

over or never bother with). He is passionate about his game and working to take it to the next level. He is currently working towards getting qualified for the BEF Junior Nationals in 2015. tyler is the Youth Advocate for Cue-Topia Billiards in Lakewood, WA. If you’d like to see a quick video of Tyler Click Here. 198 Open Division: Tom Miyahira dominated this Tommy Sliva division all the way through. It seemed all the players struggled in the first round, but Miyahira played strong enough to grab a seat to go to the finals. The finals came down to Tom Miyahira and Tom Snider (both out of Cue-Topia Billiards Lakewood WA). Tom Snider came up short of his average and Miyahira smashed his average scoring 13.28 points over Larry Francisco his average in the finals and locking in the 1st place finish. Congratulations Tom and Tom. BTRT Behind the Rock Tour Finalist 220 Open Division: Each round of the Open division was exciting. Larry Francisco came out of the gate strong shooing 40 points over his Tyler Reygers, Tom Miyahira, Tom Snider (kneeling) average to secure a spot in the Final rounds. Tommy Sliva also came out with a solid score of 79 which was 21.30 points over his average also securing a spot in the finals. Going into the finals Tommy Sliva is spotting Larry Francisco 9.63 points. With Francisco shooting out of the gate at 40 points over his average, Sliva knew he had to step it up and stay solid to have a shot at 1st place. Francisco also knowing that Sliva has won the last 4 BTRT Tri-annual events for the 198 BASED ON 64 and 220 divisions and Francisco knows Tommy will bring it. Sliva started the match which left Francisco field limited DOORS OPEN 8AM shooting last for the match. Tommy played his BASED to first BASED ON ON 64 64 TEAMS TEAMS PLAY BEGINS 10AM 11th game landing a score of 80 points. This meant 80 paid players that Francsco only had to come in with 71 to beat REGISTRATION DEADLINE : Tommy. Going into last game of the finals Francisco FRI FEB 27th @ 8PM DRAW AT 9PM had a score of 62. To beat Sliva he needed to score MIXED 9 points for the win. Mind you, Sliva had score two SCOTCH DOUBLES snap games and one Cut game and Francisco had ($50 ENTRY $20 GREEN $5 ADMIN) $100 TOTAL ENTRY RACE TO 7 DOUBLE ELIMINATION two snap games so Francisco was feeling the heat. ($70 Entry + $25 Green + $5 Admin) RACE TO 6 WINNERS FINALS RACE TWO SET RULE APPLIES Unfortunately, Francisco came up short with 4 RACE TO 5 LOSERS 9’ GOLD CROWNS points putting him 4.37 points behind Sliva and in BCA 8 BALL 9 BALL 7’ VALLEYS & DIAMONDS 2nd place. It was anyone’s match. Congratulations OPEN 9AM $20 MINI DBL ELIM FRI NIGHT 7pm SIGNUP 7:30 to the both of you. PLAY STARTS 10AM Larry Francisco BTRT, Behind the Rock Tour, 220 MALARKEYS POOL & BREW 21 POOL TABLES • GOOD FOOD • BEER • WINE • LIQUOR The next tri-annual event will be the first of April. 21 POOL TABLES • GOOD FOOD • BEER • WINE • LIQUOR Players you have 3 more months to play 11 matches 445 Tacoma Ave S 445 Tacoma Ave S Tacoma, WA 98404 to get qualified. If your local pool room, bar, club Tacoma, WA 98404 or tavern isn’t playing yet, contact us through the TACOMA’S FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY TACOMA’S FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY websitewww.behindtherocktour.com.

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Laramie Peak Invitational

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The 5th Annual ANDY cloth Laramie Peak Invitational was held Dec 12 – 14th in Wheatland, WY and went off without a hitch. 143 players from all over Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado attended with a sprinkling of players from South Dakota as well. This was the second year in the new venue and players gave great feedback on the set up. The ANDY cloth tables were met with high reviews for quality as usual. The 60-ball shootout is a side game that is growing in popularity among the players every year with this year no exception. Players compete in their own division to drop 4 racks in the fewest shots possible, half of the entry to the winner, the other half to charity. That charity money is added to the 10% of both Calcutta’s and is designated to each year’s charity of choice. This year LPI raised $1500 to donate to the Rocky Mountain Oncology Center in Casper, WY. They treat patients from all over the state with all types of cancer. Thank you to all of our players for making that donation possible! This year was the debut of new custom awards specific to the Laramie Peak Invitational. Players were vying for the 1st place oak plaques and were excited to see the new design. The winners are listed below. The 6th Annual Laramie Peak Invitational will be Dec 11th – 13th 2015. Save the date, we hope to see you there!

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Lakewood, WA

253-584-1919 3-8’ Diamond Pool Tables Fri & Sat Night Tournaments $5 entry - BCA Rules Double Elimination - Starts 7PM House matches the pot

1ST OPEN B

- DRAKE SPE

1ST OPEN C

NCER

OPEN AAA/AA: Payout Calcuttas 1st $444 Perry Gilbert $569/$522 2nd $296 Monte Thayer $426/$313 3rd $207 Andrew Pettenger $284/$209 4th $148 BJ Spencer $142 5/6 $118 Scott Walker & Don Rogers 7/8 $74 Rick Johnson & Thomas McGee OPEN A: 1st $359 Seth Krafczik $447/$311 2nd $239 Jose Loma $335/$186 3rd $167 Cameron Yazzie $223/$124 4th $120 Jerry Shimic $112 5/6 $96 Beau Bowring & Bill Watson 7/8 $60 Anthony Lucero & Mary Murphy HARD LUCK Open AA/A: Ricardo Martinez Open B/C: Scott Maloney

- JACQUIE NO

OPEN B: 1st $306 2nd $272 3rd $238 4th $204 5/6 $136 7/8 $102 9–12 $51 OPEN C: 1st $394 2nd $350 3rd $307 4th $263 5/6 $175 7/8 $131 9–12 $66

RWOOD

Drake Spencer $314/$490 John Felzien $206/$367 Bryan Bland $147/$245 Morris Lovell $118 Justin Wood & Dwain Twiford $98 Len Lamaster & David Wacker Andrew Maes, Steve Pohlman, Brian Schnitker, Craig Spatz Jacquie Norwood $461/$490 Gail Hunt $307/$367 Geoff Watkins $215/$245 JB Kohn $154/$122 Felipe Valdez Sr, Lorne Ruzicka $123 Chris Ross, Rick Aurich $77 Deborah Bowring, Paula McClure, Merissa Shakespeare, Michael Norris

Happy Hour til 10 Well Drinks $2.50

Wireless Internet Oriental Menu 6520 19th St W - Fircrest, WA

253-564-9454

Tues: Live Blues & Wed: Texas Holdem

Hi Way Lounge

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619 Elk St - Alexander, ND

701-828-3100

2ND OPEN A - JOSE LOMA

2ND OPEN B - JOHN FELZIEN

Soundview Bar & Grill

Nicest Pool Tables in Downtown Everett F R EE POOL Saturday, Sunday & Monday Nights FULL BAR - GOOD FOOD GREAT PRICES 1116 Hewitt Ave - Everett, WA 425-259-3383

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2ND OPEN C - GAIL HUNT

Sure Shot Billiards Billiard Supply 8 Pool Tables Easy Parking Central Location 2602 N Columbia Center Blvd Richland, WA 509-737-9868

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Ringo’s Bar & Grill

Every Sunday at 7pm Alternating 8 ball or 9 ball $5 entry - 100% payout House matches up to 23 players 12300 SW Broadway - Beaverton, OR 503-644-7847

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WEEKLY

Pool

WASHINGTON

UT

IDAHO

CALL FIRST: Dates, Times & Tournaments are subject to change without notice.

DAY CITY Mondays Boise Thursdays Boise Sundays Idaho Falls Orofino Pocatello

LOCATION The Pocket The Pocket Pocket The Shot Glass Oasis Bar

PHONE (208) 375-2474 (208) 375-2474 (208) 525-9962 (208) 476-0243 (208) 232-9347

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Open 9-Ball Open 8-Ball Blind Draw Dbls 8-Ball Ball-in-hand 8/9 Ball Alternating

ENTRY $5 $5 $5 $5 $5

ADDED $$$ $$$ $$$ $100 min pot Matching

TIME 8:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 1PM 8:00PM

DAY Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Sundays

LOCATION Batters Up Batters Up Batters Up Batters Up

PHONE (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball

ENTRY $5 $5 $10 $25

ADDED Matching Matching Matching $10/player

TIME 8:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM 1:00PM

DAY Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

CITY Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City CITY

LOCATION

PHONE

EVENT / RULES

Everett Sumner Tacoma Burien Burien Everett Spokane Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma Vancouver Tacoma Electric City Lakewood Ocean Park Tacoma Tacoma Vancouver Vancouver Burien Burien Lakewood Sumner Spokane Vancouver Vancouver Tacoma Tacoma Vancouver

O’Finnigan’s Pub Log Cabin (1st Tues) Cue-Topia BZ’s Sport Bar Good Time Ernie’s O’Finnigan’s Pub Black Diamond Cue-Topia Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Latitude 84 4th Plain Tavern Cue-Topia Banks Lake Pub Schooners Doc’s Tavern Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Legends Spot Bar & Grill Good Time Ernie’s (1st Sat) Good Time Ernie’s (3rd Sat) Schooners Log Cabin (3rd Sat) Black Diamond Legends Spot Bar & Grill Cue-Topia Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Spot Bar & Grill

(425) 745-4805 (253) 863-2905 (253) 512-6898 (206) 243-6018 (206) 248-1670 (425) 745-4805 (509) 891-8357 (253) 512-6898 (253) 383-3301 (253) 531-5154 (360) 254-3729 (253) 512-6898 (509) 633-2000 (253) 584-1919 (360) 665-4105 (253) 531-5154 (253) 383-3301 (360) 693-8125 (360) 256-1110 (206) 248-1670 (206) 248-1670 (253) 584-1919 (253) 863-2905 (509) 891-8357 (360) 693-8125 (360) 256-1110 (253) 512-6898 (253) 383-3301 (360) 256-1110

9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 100% 8:00PM 9-Ball Vegas Rules $10+$5 g.f. $$$ 8:00PM BTRT 220/198 Open hdcp $10/$8 5:00PM 8-Ball Call Pocket - BIH $5 Matches to $100 7:00PM 8-Ball TAP 5 & under $5+$1 g.f. Matching 7:00PM 8-Ball Vegas Rules $5 100% 8:00PM

40 N Riverside Ave Medford, OR 541-779-6111

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9-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 3

$5

ADDED

8-Ball on 7’ tables-Race to 2

$5

8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Blind Draw Scotch Dbls $3 8-Ball Open Handicap $5+$2+1 8-Ball $5 8-Ball Call Pocket-Mod BCA $3

TIME

$20 gift card 1st 7:00PM

BTRT 220/198 Open hdcp $10/$8 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. Call 9-Ball $5+$3 g.f. Call 8-Ball DE $10 (no g.f.) $5 up to 30 9-Ball Open & Qualifier $5+$2+1 $$$/Match 8-Ball $5 Matching 9-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 8-Ball Open $3 Meat Shoot Poker Call Call 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. Call 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Matching 8-Ball Call Pocket $2 Matching 8-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. Matching 9-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. Matching 8-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 8-Ball $10+$5 g.f. $$$

BEER & WINE - BCA - APA - TAP Friday night 8 Ball The Break

ENTRY

5:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 6 & 9PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 5:45PM 5:45PM 7:00PM 3:00PM

$20 gift card 1st Noon

Matching $2/player $$$/Match 100% Matching

7:00PM 8:00PM 5:30PM 2:00PM 2:00PM

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-7PM 158-100th St So. Tacoma, WA

253-535-6688

Pool Leagues Sun - Thurs Karaoke Wednesdays D J & Dancing Fri & Sat Food Specials

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TOURNAMENTS

CALL FIRST: Dates, Times & Tournaments are subject to change without notice.

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

CITY

Beaverton Beaverton Coos Bay Portland Coos Bay Medford Salem Portland Salem Salem Beaverton Coos Bay Keizer Portland Portland Salem

LOCATION

PHONE

LOCATION Hi Way Lounge

Hot Shots Billiards Hot Shots Billiards Silver Dollar Greek Village Silver Dollar Rackem Jake’s Bar & Grill Greek Village Jake’s Bar & Grill Jake’s Bar & Grill (2nd) Ringo’s Bar & Grill Silver Dollar Kolby’s NiteHawk Sam’s Billiards Jake’s Bar & Grill

EVENT / RULES

ENTRY

PHONE (701) 828-3100

EVENT / RULES 9-Ball

ENTRY $5

(503-644-8869 (503-644-8869 (541) 888-5634 (503) 643-2119 (541) 888-5634 (541) 779-6111 (503) 362-3600 (503) 643-2119 (503) 362-3600 (503) 362-3600 (503) 644-7847 (541) 888-5634 (503) 393-7665 (503) 285-7177 (503) 282-8266 (503) 362-3600

8-Ball B & below $6 9-Ball B & below $6 Players Choice $5 8 & 9-Ball BCA Rules 3/2 $5 8-Ball $5 8-Ball - BCA Rules $5 9-Ball $5 + $3 g.f. 8 & 9-Ball No Masters $5 8-Ball $5 + $3 g.f. 8-Ball Sc Dbls (A/B Teams) $20 incl g.f. Alternating 8-Ball/9-Ball $5 Players Choice $5 8 & 9 Mix up Handicapped $15 incl g.f. 8-Ball - Race 2/1 $3 M/$2 W Straight Pool (1st Sun.) $15 8-Ball $5 + $3 g.f.

ADDED

Call Call Call $$$ $$$ w/9+ $3/player $$$ Call $$$ $$$ Match up to 23 Call $150 $100 Call $$$

TIME

7:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 6:30PM 7:30PM 4:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 5:00PM 5:00PM 6:00PM 11:00AM 7:30PM

CITY Alexander

DAY Mondays

CITY Capitola Sacramento

LOCATION Fast Eddy’s Jointed Cue San Francisco Family Billiards Tuesdays Monterey Easy Street Sacramento Jointed Cue Wednesdays Petaluma Buffalo Billiards Petaluma Buffalo Billiards Thursdays Modesto Diamond Billiards Monterey Easy Street San Francisco Family Billiards Saturdays Modesto Diamond Billiards Petaluma Buffalo Billiards Sundays Petaluma Buffalo Billiards

PHONE (831) 462-1882 (916) 456-3243 (415) 931-1115 (831) 333-0825 (916) 456-3243 (707) 794-7338 (707) 794-7338 (209) 577-1447 (831) 333-0825 (415) 931-1115 (209) 577-1447 (707) 794-7338 (707) 794-7338

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED WorldPPA 9-Ball $12 $100 9-Ball B $10 Call 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 8-Ball Handicap $10 9-Ball Open staggered entry $5-$15 $50 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D $5 Matching 8-Ball Handicap $5 Matching 9-Ball Handicap $10 Break Pot 9-Ball NPL $10 $100 w/32 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 8-Ball Bar Table $10 $100 w/20 9-Ball Handicap $15 $5/player Starting Oct 12th Call Call

DAY Fridays Saturdays Sundays

CITY Fort Collins Federal Hgts Fort Collins Federal Hgts Fort Collins Federal Hgts

LOCATION Match Ups Wreck Room Match Ups Wreck Room Match Ups Wreck Room

PHONE 970-482-BEER 303-412-0257 970-482-BEER 303-412-0257 970-482-BEER 303-412-0257

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball-No AA 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball

ENTRY $8 $10 $5 $10 $10 $10

ADDED $100 $$$ $$$ $$$ $100 Call

TIME 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 3:00PM 7:30PM

DAY Mondays

CITY Bozeman

LOCATION Scoop Bar

PHONE (406) 209-4124

EVENT / RULES ENTRY Outlaw Pool Tournament $10

ADDED Call

TIME 6:00PM MT

14824 Smokey Point Blvd Marysville, WA 98271 360-659-2248

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League Play 4 nights a week

Open 11AM-2AM everyday

TIME 7:00PM ND

COLO

TIME 8:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 3:00PM 2:30PM Call

CALIFORNIA

DAY Tuesdays

5 Pool Tables 13 TV’s Full Menu

ADDED Matching

OREGON

DAY

Judy Griffith shordunski@aol.com

PACS League Operator Association President

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Tournament Trail Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice

Click on the MAP link online to get directions to each location DATE

Jan 2015 Jan 1 Jan 2-4 Jan 3 Jan 4 Jan 10 Jan 10 Jan 10 Jan 10-11 Jan 16-18 Jan 17 Jan 17 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 24 Jan 23 Jan 24-25 Jan 31 Jan 31 Jan 31 Feb 1 Feb 6 Feb 7-8 Feb 7-8 Feb 7-8 Feb 7 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 14-16 Feb 16-18 Feb 16-18 Feb 18-20 Feb 18-20 Feb 20-22 Feb 20-22 Feb 21 Feb 21-22 Feb 22 Feb 21-22 Feb 28-Mar1 Feb 27-Mar1 Feb 27 Feb 27 Feb 27 Feb 27 Feb 28 Mar 1 Mar 1 Mar 1 Feb 28-Mar1 Mar 1 Mar 6-8 Mar 6-8 Mar 7 Mar 8-15 Mar 7 Mar 7 Mar 14 Mar 28 Mar 28-29 Apr 3-5 Apr 4 Apr 18 Jun 13

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LOCATION

PHONE

EVENT / RULES

ENTRY

ADDED

TIME

LINK

Two Great Champions Tour - Challenge Matches, Exhibitions, Special Appearances - Call Jay Helfert 310-370-3994 (see ad p17) Lakewood, WA Cue-Topia (see ad p17) 253-512-6898 8-Ball Handicapped $10 Call Noon MAP Laramie, WY Mingles (see ad Dec) 307-721-8120 Open AAA/AA-A-B-C Divs. $50-$100 Call 9:00AM MAP Petaluma, CA Buffalo Billiards (see ad p26) 800-400-4CUE 9-Ball Handicapped $20 Matching Call MAP Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p31) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11:00AM MAP Sacramento, CA Jointed Cue (see ad p28) 916-456-3243 9-Ball ‘A/B’ $20 Call 1:00PM MAP Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p25) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10:00AM MAP Vaughn, MT Silver Spur (see ad p26) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Doubles-Dave Ward Mem. Call Call Call MAP Spokane, WA Black Diamond (see ad p28) 509-891-8357 Open 8-Ball (entry incl. g.f.) $60/$50W $1,000 w/64 9:00AM MAP Portland, OR NiteHawk (see ad Dec) 360-892-7454 9-Ball - Limit 32 $50+$10 g.f. $500 Call MAP Sacramento, CA Jointed Cue (see ad p28) 916-456-3243 9-Ball Open $20 Call 1:00PM MAP Federal Heights, CO Wreck Room (see ad p24) 303-412-0257 8-Ball Open Scotch Doubles Call Call Noon MAP Electric City, WA Banks Lake Pub (see ad p32) 509-633-2000 8-Ball Mixed Doubles $15 Call 11:00AM MAP Modesto, CA Diamond Billiards (see ad p28) 209-577-1447 Bar Table 8-Ball $22 $200 1:00PM MAP Black Eagle, MT B.E.C.C. (see ad p26) 406-761-8435 9-Ball Call Call Call MAP Salt Lake City, UT Batters Up (see ad p29) 801-463-4996 8-Ball $20 Call 5:00PM MAP Salt Lake City, UT Batters Up (see ad p29) 801-463-4996 9-Ball $85 $1,000 10:00AM MAP Salem, OR Jakes (see ad p21) 503-362-3600 8-Ball Singles A/B only-Limit 48 $25 incl. g.f. $$$ 10:30AM MAP Lincoln, MT Wilderness Bar (see ad p26) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Doubles Call Call Call MAP Electric City, WA Banks Lake Pub (see ad p32) 509-633-2000 Open 8-Ball Singles $20 $500 11:00AM MAP Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p31) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11:00AM MAP Pocatello, ID Oasis Bar (see ad p17) 208-232-9348 Jimmy Dawson Mem. 9-Ball $20 Call 6:00PM MAP Pocatello, ID Oasis Bar (see ad p17) 208-232-9348 Jimmy Dawson Mem. 8-Ball $40 $1,000(based on field) 11:00AM MAP Pocatello, ID Oasis Bar (see ad p17) 208-232-9348 8-Ball Women-Min 8 players $25 Call 11:00AM MAP Tacoma, WA Malarkey’s (see ad p27) 253-383-3301 Mixed Scotch Doubles $100 incl g.f. $1,500 w/64 t 9:00AM MAP Petaluma, CA Buffalo Billiards (see ad p26) 800-400-4CUE 9-Ball Handicapped $20 Matching Call MAP Vaughn, MT Silver Spur (see ad p26) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call MAP Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p25) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10:00AM MAP Electric City, WA Banks Lake Pub (see ad p32) 509-633-2000 Wayne Boyd Mem. 9-Ball $20 $1,500 Call MAP Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 10-Ball Men $150 $5,000 Noon MAP Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 10-Ball Women $100 $1,000 min. 16 Noon MAP Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 9-Ball Men $150 $5,000 Noon MAP Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 9-Ball Women $100 $1,000 min. 16 Noon MAP Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 8-Ball Men $150 $5,5 00 Noon MAP Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 8-Ball Women $100 $1,000 min. 16 Noon MAP Sacramento, CA Jointed Cue (see ad p28) 916-456-3243 9-Ball Open $20 Call 1:00PM MAP Spokane, WA Black Diamond (see ad p28) 509-891-8357 Open 8-Ball on 7 footers $60 incl g.f. $1,000 w/64 9:00AM MAP Spokane, WA Black Diamond (see ad p28) 509-891-8357 Mixed Scotch Doubles 9-Ball $25 NO g.f. $5/team Call MAP Oak Harbor, WA American Legion (see ad p23) 360-929-6076 Open Team 8-Ball (4 players) $140/team $500 w/32 10:00AM MAP Modesto, CA Diamond Billiards (see ad p28) 209-577-1447 Bar Table 8-Ball $22 $200 1:00PM MAP Salt Lake City, UT Batters Up (see ad p29) 801-463-4996 10-Ball $2,000 $2,000 6:00PM MAP Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 TBA-Master Div. WY Open Varies $1,000 7:00PM MAP Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 Expert Division (AA/A) 8-Ball $150 incl g.f. $2,000 7:00PM MAP Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 Classic Division(InterMed) 8-Ball $100 incl g.f. $800 7:00PM MAP Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 Sportsmen Division Local Beginers $50 incl g.f. $400 6:00PM MAP Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 Saratoga the game Master Div. Varies $3,000 9:00AM MAP Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 8-Ball-Single Elim-Master Div. Varies $2,000 10:00AM MA Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 Hard Luck $30 $400 10:00AM MAP Saratoga, WY Platte Valley Comm(see ad p24) 307-710-1447 Nubbins Mem. Jr 8-Ball $5 $400 Noon MAP Tacoma, WA Malarkey’s (see ad p27) 253-383-3301 February Freeze 9-Ball $50 incl g.f. $1,500 w/64 9:00AM MAP Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p31) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11:00AM MAP Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds (see ad p16) 360-703-4081 Men’s 8-Ball $150 incl g.f. $12,000 5:00PM MAP Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds (see ad p16) 360-703-4081 Women’s 8-Ball $150 incl g.f. $5,000 5:00PM MAP Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds (see ad p16) 360-703-4081 10-Ball singles, minis, practice Varies Call 3:00PM MAP Lincoln City, OR Western BCA (see ad p20) westernbca.org 8-Ball Regionals Varies $30,000(based on 2014) Call MAP Vaughn, MT Silver Spur (see ad p26) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Chuck Thompson Mem. Call Call Call MAP Petaluma, CA Buffalo Billiards (see ad p26) 800-400-4CUE 9-Ball Handicapped $20 Matching Call MAP Lincoln, MT Wilderness Bar (see ad p26) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call MAP Black Eagle, MT B.E.C.C. (see ad p26) 406-761-8435 9-Ball Call Call Call MAP Sacramento, CA Jointed Cue (see ad p28) 916-456-3243 46th Annual Reunion $60 $2,000 1:00PM MAP Electric City, WA Banks Lake Pub (see ad p32) 509-633-2000 12 Annual Vern Michel Mx Dbls $15/player $1,000 Guar 7:00PM MAP Vaughn, MT Silver Spur (see ad p26) 406-964-1003 9-Ball Call Call Call MAP Lincoln, MT Wilderness Bar (see ad p26) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call MAP Darby, MT Sawmill Saloon (see ad p26) 406-821-2232 8-Ball Scotch Doubles Call Call Call MAP

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