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Europe Takes Early Lead
The US were three balls from going two ahead in the next but Dechaine, partnered by Corey Deuel, missed the brown 7, trying to do too much with it. That Day 1 - December 7, 2015 allowed Karl Boyes and Nick van den Berg to close out the rack and level the match. THE 22nd ANNUAL PARTYPOKER MOSCONI Boyes commented, “It is a massive crowd, it is very loud, very CUP got underway on Monday at the Tropicana in exciting, so you are pumped up and your adrenaline is very Las Vegas as Europe got the better of an entertaining high. We threw the team point away in the end and Mike session in their defense of pool’s ultimate trophy. 3-2 Dechaine got a bit lucky in the last rack but you get punished was the final account but it was tense stuff as both Shane Van Boening for making mistakes. Nick played some great shots in our teams worked to settle in the intimidating atmosphere. doubles match and it was a big point for the team.” There will be no respite tomorrow when five more matches complete Team Europe took a 2-1 lead in the third game as Niels Feijen enjoyed some good and Europe’s Captain Marcus Chamat was pleased with the first day; fortune to defeat Justin Bergman playing in his second Mosconi Cup. Feijen had a “Emotions were up and down today. Every match felt like it was a couple of flukes which set him on the road and when Bergman missed an elementary tough game. It is a new situation for me as the captain but I gained a lot 7 ball late in the game, it sealed his fate. of confidence today. I got really nervous when the table was open but “This is the only time of the year we play with the five guys and you really live up then I would think, this is the greatest team in the world why should I to it, especially last get worried? But when the balls are lying there your heart is so in it. week as it is like a “Every match is big; every rack is big. We have a 3-2 lead but we know rollercoaster as you that tomorrow will be very tough again. We know we have to be really get closer and closer good to beat this team. The American team showed today that they are to the entrance,” said a very good team, stronger than they have been in the last five or six Feijen. “Every time years. We have to come out strong tomorrow. you know what to With around 1,000 people packed into the arena both teams strode expect but every time in to tumultuous applause. That died down for the respective national you get here the noise anthems – a first for the Mosconi Cup – before the team game got is unreal and it is underway. It was a win for the USA as Mike Dechaine enjoyed a huge really good fun.” fluke in the deciding rack as he missed the three ball but saw it creep The USA, egged on into the top right pocket. From there he just about hung on to clear the by an enthusiastic table for the early lead. Sky Woodward & Justin Bergman crowd, weren’t
T EUROPE E A M Darren Appleton
Nels Feijen finished and it was 22-year-old rookie Skyler Woodward who was the star of the show. Partnered by Shane Van Boening, he gave the impression of a man having a knock at his local room as he showed no signs of nerves in the pressure-packed environment. They enjoyed a 5-1 win against Darren Appleton and Albin Ouschan as they kept their opponents away from the table and killed off the racks. American Captain Mark Wilson was reflective on the day’s events; “Naturally 3-2 or 2-3 was the most likely scenario and we had talked about it beforehand. The unforced errors made the difference when we didn’t win a match. “In doubles with Corey and Mike we had ball Albin Ouschan in hand but with an open table we didn’t get out. Then they broke and ran a few more times than we did today and they were the better team today. “We thought that Skyler would be fine out there but now we know for sure. He
Nick van den Berg
Recap - end of Day One - Euruope leads 3-2 Team Europe 4/5 Team USA Karl Boyes/Nick Van den Berg 5-4 Corey Deuel/Mike Dechaine Niels Feijen 5-2 Justin Bergman Albin Ouschan/Darren Appleton 1-5 Shane Van Boening/Skylar Woodward Darren Appleton 5-1 Shane Van Boening
validated his presence on the team, he is loose and he is really going to be the intangible thing which maybe Europe isn’t aware of. “Corey is so creative; he gets out from places that other players don’t. He brings a heck of a plus to us there and Justin, even though he lost his match, looked terrific out there. He was so calm and at home that he is going to have a big Mosconi Cup. “We want to minimize the unforced errors, we will talk about some of our safeties and we want to be really positive tomorrow.”
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Day 2 - December 8, 2015
Recap - end of Day Two - Euruope leads 6-4 Nels Feijen/Nick van den Berg 3-5 Justin Bergman/Skylar Woodward Albin Ouschan 5-3 Mike Dechaine Darren Appleton/Karl Boyes 5-2 Shane Van Boening/Corey Deuel Karl Boyes 5-3 Skylar Woodward Darren Appleton/Nick van den Berg 4-5 Mike Dechaine/Shane Van Boening
out with a win. “I had a lot of confidence in us because we have played probably five big money matches together as doubles and we haven’t lost yet,” said Justin Bergman. “I wasn’t planning on losing but we knew they were a great team and we would have to play good. Shane was coming down and pumping us up, being really positive.” Woodward added, “I shoot my shots and he shoots his, we just focus on pocketing the balls. I felt no pressure. I am one person and I have four great players behind me. I do what I can do and the four great people behind me are going to back me up no matter what.”
Karl Boyes THERE WAS more drama at the 22nd annual PartyPoker Mosconi Cup at the Tropicana as the Europeans increased their lead as they won the session 3-2 to move their overall lead to 6-4 with two more days to play. It could have been so much worse for the USA but they won a thrilling hill hill final match when a defeat would have left them three points adrift and the Europeans needing just four more wins to retain the trophy. The venue was once again packed to the rafters and the US duo of Skyler Woodward and Justin Bergman got off to the perfect start with 5-3 over Holland’s Niels Feijen and Nick van den Berg. Coming into the session at 2-3 down, it was essential to start
Darren Appleton That parity didn’t last long though as Albin Ouschan, making his Mosconi Cup singles debut got the better of Mike Dechaine. It got to 3-3 but the Austrian edged it in what was a scrappy encounter. Dechaine had a great chance to go 4-4 but missed the 8 ball up the rail and although it left between the 9 ball between the white and the 8 ball, Ouschan jumped perfectly to pot the 8 ball and seal the match. The lead became two in the next as Karl Boyes and Darren Appleton won another gritty match, beating Shane Van Boening and an out-of-sorts Corey Deuel. The English pair led 3-0 and it was a lead the Americans could not recover. With the score 5-3 in the European’s favor it fell to young Skyler Woodward to stop the rot but he was taken down by Karl Boyes in an entertaining match up that saw the match referee Ken Shuman mired in controversy. Initially he called for a re-lag and then later in the match called a foul on Karl Boyes for measuring with the cue ball. Boyes insisted he was just trying place the cue ball in the narrow space available between the 2 and 3 balls. Shuman reversed his initial decision but the match then seemed to take an eternity to resume as the referee explained his decision to both captains, before Boyes seemed reluctant to continue. The crowd became increasingly impatient before things eventually resumed. Both players weren’t at their best but the pressure was immense and in the end it was Boyes who had enough to secure the point. Commented Boyes, “We lost the first point of the day and then Albin won, which was a very good win for him because it is his first time playing singles, which is when
America Still in the Race SVB after a carom shot on the 2 ball that hit the 9 ball in the corner pocket for the victory in a hill-hill final match on Day 2 Click to watch Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Eh4jRcSgL0
Mike Dechaine & you really feel the heat. His win was good for Darren and I as we went on and there was a little bit of pressure taken of us, and when we got the win it took a little bit of pressure off me going out against Skyler. “The singles game was crazy. It was hostile in there; the atmosphere was brutal but I managed to get the win. “Ken has made a decision where I am trying to put the cue ball between the balls so that I can pocket the two in the only pocket it goes in, it was obvious what I was trying to do. But when he said foul I thought I must have touched a ball. “I asked him and he said no, I was marking and I didn’t understand what he was on about. The crowd started going crazy saying he called foul so it should stand so I said, whatever. But he said he was the referee and he can change his mind. After that everybody was against me, which I sort of like and I managed to come through.” The last match was a must-win for the USA and so it proved as Shane Van Boening and Mike Dechaine won a thrilling hill-hill match against Darren Appleton and Nick van den Berg. It was nip and tuck all the way and Europe reached the hill first at 4-3. Some great shot making from Dechaine ensured the match went to a decider. Europe broke off and despite getting a ball down, they elected to push out. After some discussion, the Americans gave it back to them. The side of the two ball was visible and van den Berg moved it slightly and sent the cue ball up table. There was a difficult 2/9 carom on show and Van Boening delivered an explosive shot Sky Woodward which clipped
the 2 ball and crashed in the 9 as it flew into the corner pocket. It sparked scenes of bedlam as the Americans reduced arrears and ended the day on a high. “Me and Mike discussed the shot and I figured that we needed to go for it because the rolls weren’t going our way in the match so we figured we should take a fire shot at it, and it came out great,” said Shane. “I was feeling good today. I was working on my stroke last night and I have everything figured out. We need to avoid a couple of mistakes that we had in the beginning and if we focus on potting the balls better we can have a better outcome tomorrow.” Dechaine added, “That point means everything, it is a little momentum swing. If we had have lost that match I don’t know how we would have handled it as a team Shane Van Boening but I know everybody right now is excited and we are looking forward to tomorrow.” American skipper Mark Wilson summed up the day from the USA’s perspective; “Magnificent end to the day. Shane hadn’t had much good fortune so far so to make one big shot like that and give us that burst of momentum and maybe surge us forward is huge. “When you go down 7-3 spirits go down but when you make a shot down that it is almost like we are back to even. We have not played our best pool so far throughout.
Justin Bergman “We know how we will line-up tomorrow, we had a plan from day one based on what we think will give us the best chance to win. “To the European’s credit, they have played tremendous pool. They have had very few unforced errors and we have made more than they have. Maybe on the tactical exchanges we might have come out a little bit ahead but on the couple of times they have missed a ball we didn’t really get the opportunity we needed. “They have great players and you saw today Albin Ouschan made a tremendous run out and Karl made a huge run out from a super-tough layout. They are playing well and we will have to see what tomorrow brings but I know we are going to be on a big high now.”
Europe Two Away from Day 3 - December 9, 2015
Photos by: JP Parmentier-Matchroom Sport Recap - end of Day Three - Euruope leads 9-6 Albin Ouschan/Niels Feijen 5-1 Justin Bergman/Corey Deuel Nick van den Berg 4-5 Corey Deuel Albin Ouschan/Karl Boyes 5-2 Skylar Woodward/Mike Dechaine Neils Feijen 5-4 Shane Van Boening Darren Appleton 2-5 Justin Bergman
can happen. I wanted to be on the hill tonight just so I could sleep well but 9-6 is good, it is a three-game cushion and it means a lot. We will have a team meeting tonight and try and relax and do the same thing we have been doing. “At the moment it doesn’t matter if we play singles or doubles, the guys are geared up and playing well. Today the way they played, if they keep that up tomorrow it will be really hard for any team to come back.” With their backs against the wall, the USA got off to a poor start when they really needed to hit their stride as Niels Feijen and Albin Ouschan enjoyed a comfortable win over Justin Bergman and Corey Deuel. 5-1 was the score and it increased the European lead to three.
Albin Ouschan EUROPE NEED just two more points to retain the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup as they once again won the session 3-2 to increase their lead to 9-6 with a potential six games to play on Thursday. The USA need to win five matches for victory but they will need to up their speed if they are to achieve that.
Deuel, who had looked shaky in the opener, came straight back out to face Nick van den Berg and it was a match that neither player was at their best. There were plenty of safety exchanges as neither of them seemed to have the confidence to take the pocketing shots on. The match went to hill hill and both players made glaring errors trying to close it out, but it was van den Berg who made the final mistake to give Deuel the opportunity which he took.
Taking place at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup is the annual 9 ball shoot-out between two five-man teams representing Europe and the USA and is now in its 22nd year. After another winning day, European captain Marcus Chamat said, “The guys played really well, the best they have played all week. The doubles matches were great for us. Corey got a little lucky against Nick but Nick battled great and unfortunately he didn’t win. We got some luck with Niels when he broke the 9 against Shane and in the last match Bergman played well. “If everybody plays well it is very hard to beat our team. The USA have a really good team but when we play like we do then it is very hard for them to play us; like trying to play against Roger Federer when he was at his prime; if he plays good the other player will be second. We have this level of play and we can play even better and if we do it will be really hard for them, I don’t think they can play with us. “We know as professional players that it is never over until it is over and anything
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Corey Deuel Europe restored the three point margin in the next match as Karl Boyes and Albin Ouschan looked composed as they took care of Skyler Woodward and a sub-par Mike Dechaine to make it 8-5 to Europe. The momentum was really in Europe’s favour and the USA were on the wrong end of a real gutter in the next as Niels Feijen’s golden break in the deciding rack sealed another win for Europe. Shane Van Boening had fought hard to get the match back to level terms but could only watch as Feijen
Sealing Another Victory
celebrated wildly. Justin Bergman offered his country a glimmer of hope in the final match of the session as he put in a strong performance to defeat Darren Appleton and salvage something for the USA. It was the best display of the day from an American player and it gave them a fighting chance for the final day.
Shane Van Boening Commented American captain Mark Wilson, “Justin expressed, in the most nonegotistical way, how confident he was, he just quietly said to me, ‘I have got this Mark’. “I was really proud of my team, they showed no quit in the face of a bit of adversity with Europe playing great again, but we didn’t come here expecting them to not play well and we knew we had to rise to the occasion. “We had to win a day and tomorrow will have to be that day. The guys have their backs against the wall and know what it is all about. The mood in our camp is hungry and positive.”
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Tom Simpson © June 2002 – All Rights Reserved – PoolClinics.com Some shots are harder than they look. One shot that embarrasses all of us is the “straight-in shot.” When the cueball and object ball are lined up straight into the pocket, it sure looks easy. It’s not.
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Of course, you have to consider the normal, obvious difficulty factors: how far is the object ball from the pocket, how far is the cueball from the object ball, does the table roll straight, how straight-in is it, and so on. But there are a couple of factors that are not so obvious, when it comes to straight-ins. The biggest one is the fact that straight in is the angle at which you get the greatest effect from Spin-Induced Throw. Any time you strike the cueball the slightest amount to either side of the vertical axis, you get sidespin (english). OK, OK, we all know this. When a spinning cueball hits another ball, some of that rotational force in the cueball goes into “throwing” the object ball a little off the course it would have taken if there were no sidespin. This is called Spin-Induced Throw, and it’s an angle change that takes place at the moment of impact. The throw is in the direction of the spin, so for example, if you cut an object ball with a cueball that’s spinning clockwise (left english), SpinInduced Throw will cause the object ball to be cut as much as a few degrees further to the right than what you’d see if there were no sidespin. A few degrees can make you miss, and the further the object ball is from the pocket, the more that few degrees will matter. As you shoot thinner and thinner cut shots, the effect of Spin-Induced Throw falls off. Think about how sidespin works when you hit a cushion. If you hit straight into the rail with sidespin, the spin
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has a large effect on the angle out of the cushion. If you hit the cushion at a thin angle, the sidespin doesn’t do much to alter the angle out. By the same token, the closer you get to straight in, the more effect that sidespin will have on the object ball. What can we do with this knowledge? The most important thing to focus on when shooting a straight-in shot is hitting the vertical axis of the cueball. Get off that vertical axis even a little bit, and you’d better be making aim adjustments for SpinInduced Throw, Squirt, and Swerve. They’re all going to happen. Of course, there are lots of times when you have to use english. I’m just saying, on straight-ins, if you use any sidespin, it’s going to have more effect than you might expect. There’s another factor that makes these shots difficult, and it is not obvious at all. We talked about left & right spin above. The other factor is associated with forward & backward spin (follow & draw). This is not nearly as big a factor, but it’s still a factor. What matters is what the cueball is doing when it hits the object ball – it’s going to be rolling (follow), skidding (stun), or spinning backwards (draw). Whenever possible, try to shoot straight-ins such that the cueball has either follow or draw when it hits the object ball. Here’s the reason: if there is any sidespin, a stunned cueball will cause even more Spin-Induced Throw than a rolling or drawing cueball. Here’s the summary: Straight-in shots are not easy. To maximize your chances of making the shot, you should aim carefully, take care to avoid unintentional sidespin, and shoot such that the cueball has a little draw or follow when it hits the object ball. Let’s straighten up!
TABLE TALK ZOMBIE POOL Stop Thinking and Play!
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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!
Last month, we talked about how to play from your chair. Of course, since you’re just sitting there, this entails thinking about strategy, observing your opponent, and attempting to discover what they might be struggling with at the table. This month, we are going to focus on being at the table, and I’m going to tell you to stop thinking. We have all done it: “Wow, this guy is pretty good. I better not make any mistakes. He left me a tough cut into the corner on this ball; I can make it fairly often, but I’m gonna have to go around three rails to get on the next ball. If I miss, he’ll probably run out on me. Damn… I hope I don’t overcut this. If I do, it will leave him an easy shot, and he’ll probably win the game. I’m already down by 2 games, I don’t want to be down by 3. Maybe I should play safe…” and on and on it goes. Sound familiar? Stop it. You have been playing this game for a long time. After a while, over hundreds, even thousands of shots, hours upon hours of practice, your body has developed a muscle memory. Your brain knows what to do. Don’t think about what you have to do to make the ball. Don’t think about how to make the cueball end up in the perfect position. The only thinking you should do, as you approach your shot, is where am I pocketing this ball, and where does the cueball need to be. Does it sound like I contradicted myself? Read the last paragraph again. Do not think about HOW. Just decide WHAT to do, and let your subconscious brain figure out how. When you practice, you are not learning how to make a cut shot, or how to make a bank shot. You know how. You’ve done it before. When you practice, you are teaching your body and your subconscious
mind what it feels like to make the shot, and what it feels like to miss. You do it over and over, training it through Pavlovian response. When you train a dog to roll over, you do it over and over, rewarding her with a treat whenever she does it right. After a while, she’ll know exactly what to do. Your body is the same way. The euphoria you feel when you hear the thunk of the ball finding the bottom of the pocket is your treat. When you miss, you don’t get a treat. When you practice, don’t be too frustrated by misses. They are just as valuable as the successful shots in helping your subconscious mind learn. Think of the tournament you are in as the Westminster Dog Show. All of the practice is behind you. Your dog has learned how to navigate the course, and now all you have to do is show the judges what she has learned. When you step up to the table, try to leave your conscious mind in the chair. Become a zombie. Chalk your tip. Assess the table. Determine where you are going to pot the next ball, and where you want the cueball to stop. Approach your shot, take your prestrokes, and deliver. Gather up your chalk, and repeat. If you are successful in leaving your brain behind, and simply performing this “boring” routine of making ball after ball in a zombie-like rhythm, congratulations! You have just found the Zone. Hmm. The Zombie Zone. I may have to trademark that! Either it’s an awesome billiards technique, or I could open up a new amusement park. What do you think? If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at pool@billiardsprofessor. com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit.com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!
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TWO MORE SHOTS FROM WILLIE
In previous columns I’ve mentioned Willie Jopling -- that’s the pen name of Bill Marshall. He published several collections of trick and fancy shots and P interesting shots that are generally useful at various games. Here are two of the gems from his collection. I remember learning these shots when I was just starting to play. I didn’t have his booklets so someone in my pool room must have had them or known someone who did. In Shot 1 the goal is to make the 1 ball in pocket P shooting the cue ball from the spot. One possible Shot 1 way is to bank the object ball around the table hitting cushions at A and B before going to pocket Make the P. Possible but unlikely. A second way is to kick the 1 ball. ball in by playing the cue ball to about R on the end cushion. This is probably even less likely. Willie’s solution is to play the cue ball off the point of pocket X back into the 1 ball. If you’ve never played around with using the pocket points and 1 facings this might seem nearly impossible but with a little practice -- and a consistent set-up -- it may be Z X the most likely of the three methods to pocket the 1 ball. Be careful how you place the 1 ball and the cue ball. Try to put the 1 so its edge is exactly even with the upper pocket facing, as shown. Next, the cue ball goes exactly on the spot. From there, experiment to find the best location on the pocket facing to hit to 4 get a rebound into the 1 ball. This will vary from 3 table to table, so if you are going to offer this as a 2 challenge to a friend, you will need to practice a little. A good goal is to make the shot in three tries. Shot 2 Another example of the use of pocket points is in the B other direction. Move the 1 ball to pocket Y. Now Make the 4 ball. play the cue ball off the side pocket point where the 1 ball was. With the right contact the cue ball will hug the cushion after hitting the point and go straight to pocket Y. Use follow and don’t shoot too hard. I find it helps to think about cutting the point Y to the left, if that makes sense. REJ R A Shot 2 is an old, old shot but most players haven’t seen it yet. The goal is to make the 4 ball straight notice, you’re on your own. into the obvious pocket. No matter how you hit the shot, The fact that wetness removes friction between the balls is a the 3 ball will rub on the 4 ball and throw it slightly into little contrary to the usual observation that humidity makes the cushion. It then rebounds out enough to miss the the balls stickier and generally increases how much throw pocket. People who don’t know about throw will think the you see. I suspect that humidity -- but not total wetness shot’s a hanger when in fact it is impossible. -- makes the balls pick up more chalk dust to give more rub Well, it is possible but you have to get rid of the friction. when the balls collide. Simply wet the contact point between the 3 and 4 when you Do you have a favorite proposition shot? That is, a shot that set up the balls. Most people will not notice that you have requires some clever solution or technique to solve. If so, just stuck your finger in your mouth or run it down send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you may see it in the side of your cold beverage container. If they do a future column along with your name.
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Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.
Kevin Clem, Jerald Clem, and Anthony Beeler Photo Courtesy of Kendra Peek & The Advocate Messenger A pool player’s mind is the most daunting opponent that they face on a regular basis. Developing a powerful mental game is an important part of being able to excel in the game’s upper levels. The mind can be a pool player’s best friend, helping him or her to deliver the mechanics of a smooth, reliable stroke over and over again. A player’s mind also helps him devise clever strategies that he can use to “outwit” his opponent. But all too often, the mind produces negative thoughts, which can tighten muscles and hinder concentration. Suddenly a fundamentally sound player is miscuing or missing a simple straight-in shot. Sometimes trying harder only seems to make matters wors At that point, our mind is a nemesis, and the only way to overcome its negativity is through applying the principles of a positive attitude. You might ask, “How can we turn the tables?” Let’s find out… How to Reap the Benefits of a Sound Mental Game: The best way to break the cycle of negativity is to change the way that you talk to yourself. Negativity comes from bad experiences we have had from past performances. Instead of focusing on the negative— what went wrong in the past—you should concentrate on what went right. When pool players miss a shot, they’re going to tell you all the bad things they did as they stroked the cue ball. The message they often send themselves is, “I’m a banger.” On the contrary, a good pool player knows that they should say something positive to themself first. Maybe they slightly missed position on their last shot, but pocketed the object ball with a nice smooth stroke. Instead of thinking about the
shot as being 95 percent negative, they see the shot as 95 percent positive. It’s all about perspective. Deep breathing can also help players reduce excess tension that develops during a match. The only significant tension you want is that which is required to maintain your stance, grip, and bridge. The most important part of the positive mental game is awareness, and you achieve that by paying close attention to your body, your breathing, and your thoughts.
Fear: A pool player’s greatest enemy is fear. This is a challenging obstacle for most players to overcome. Fear, even in the smallest doses, can undermine your ability to pocket balls or perform well under “Fear” pressure. Most pool players are motivated by their desire to be a great player. As a result, they fear being embarrassed. When a player is preparing to shoot an important shot, their mind is often divided. One side is trying to focus on executing the shot, but the other side is busy worrying about what other people will think if they miss it. Great players focus fully on their preshot routine and play in the present moment. They understand that anxiety does not exist in the present. Fear of Success: Fear of success can also be a problem. People may say they’re afraid of failing, but all too often they’re really afraid of winning. They may feel they don’t deserve to win, or they’re afraid they’ll hurt someone else by beating them too bad. To overcome this type of anxiety, you must first become aware that you have this type of a problem. You need to tell yourself that it’s okay to succeed. Tell yourself that the purpose of playing a game is to win, and that is exactly what you plan to do. Also, think about the attitude that you have toward your competition. Do you sometimes feel sorry for your opponents? Do you “let up” because you are playing a child or member of the opposite sex? Be mindful that your attitude toward other players may subconsciously hold you back. Your mind is the most daunting opponent you face on a daily basis. Developing a powerful mental game free from fear an essential part of performing at the game’s highest levels.
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THE GREAT ESCAPE STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com 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.
This month’s trick shot is indeed another greatly useful shot to know and master as it may often come in very handy during a game, especially when your opponent is good at playing “safety”. The set up is extremely easy but keep in mind that it is the principle that matters by far. Place 5-6 balls roughly in the shape of a semicircle between the first two diamonds closer to the top left corner pocket. Place the Cue Ball within that area, possibly not too close to the short rail and centered with one of the gaps between balls. Place your Object Ball (the Yellow Ball according to my diagram) hanging by the far left corner pocket. Place your hand outside of the circle of balls using an elevated open bridge and jack up your cue over them at approximately a 20⁰ angle. Now if you hit the Cue Ball just one tip above its equator using a 2-speed stroke (in this case it is okay to poke the ball), it will likely jump over the Obstacle Balls and travel towards the Object Ball. At this point, in order to pocket the OB, we need to make sure to aim towards the short rail at a very slight angle, as for a regular bank shot. Then we need to keep in mind the following considerations: if the Cue Ball will jump too high or even over the short rail and out of the table, you either hit it too high up (1.5 tips and higher) or your cue was too elevated in the back. If the Cue Ball does not jump enough, then you likely hit it too close to its center or your cue was not elevated enough. To adjust, work on one feature only to avoid confusion: so either change the contact point on the Cue Ball or the elevation of your cue. From now on, when playing a game of pool, if your opponent will snooker you behind a ball, you may consider using this technique provided your Cue Ball is within a foot distance from the rail you intend to use to hop over the Obstacle Ball(s). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
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Europe Seals Hard Fought Victory at the Trop Photos by: JP Parmentier-Matchroom Sport
Day 4 - December 10, 2015
EUROPE HAS retained the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup as they won the required two points to record their sixth consecutive victory and leave a disappointed American team once again on the receiving end. It was Austrian rookie Albin Ouschan who had the honour of downing the winning 9 ball as he clinched a hill hill battle of the rookies against Skyler Woodward. That sparked jubilant scenes in arena as his joyous team-mates piled on top of the young Austrian and the banks of European fans went wild. “I won the China Open this year but that was like kindergarten compared to this. On the winning 9 ball I was thinking, just make this,” said Ouschan. For European captain Chamat, who was a Mosconi Cup winner as a player in 2002, it was a sweet moment as he struggled to control his emotions in victory. “It is an amazing feeling to be holding the trophy again, it has been a few years for me. I am so happy personally and for the guys, it means so much. When it comes to pool the Mosconi Cup is something I have had so much passion for through the years. I bet Albin and Skyler, for the rest of their lives they will have a passion to want to play in the Mosconi Cup again. That was the same that happened to me when I first played in 2000. “It has been like watching a movie with a happy ending. Albin, the rookie, has played well all week and he got to finish the match. Everybody pulled their weight and did something for the team. I wouldn’t trade any player this week. Nick didn’t have his best week, he lost some close games, but the spirit he brought was great and that is what makes a team. I am so happy that the team were together and stood behind me. If you have the team spirit you can come with the shots that they did; they battled out there.
Recap - end of Day Four - Euruope wins 11-7 Niels Feijen 5-4 Justin Bergman Karl Boyes 4-5 Shane Van Boening Albin Ouschan 5-4 Skylar Woodward
“I didn’t want to say anything before because I knew they had a really great team but of course I felt a lot of pressure because Johan Ruijsink had won the trophy six times in a row and I came as the rookie captain, so there was a lot of pressure. I knew they had a great team and they showed it, especially today, but the European team this year was really hard to beat.” It could have been so different in the opening match of the session. With the USA trailing 6-9, the first game went to 4-4 as Niels Feijen and Justin Bergman matched each other in a high quality match. Bergman was running out a tough final layout when he just came up short going from 7 to 8 and left himself blocked behind the 9 ball. He tried the bank shot but missed it and Feijen dished up to take the point. Instead of 9-7 it went to 10-6 and all seemed lost for Team USA. Shane Van Boening though wasn’t quite finished as he came back against Karl Boyes to steal the point in a decider. That made it 10-7 but it was to be the American’s last contribution to the score board. The presentation saw the losing side receive silver medals and the champions their gold medals and it was Holland’s Niels Feijen who won the Most Valuable Player Award, his fourth in five years. Darren Appleton, who has been on the winning side for the past six years, said, “There is more and more pressure every year. I started in 2009 in Vegas with 350 people and now it is over 1,000. It is getting tougher and tougher but the good thing is that the Americans have really come to play. They are on the right road so it is
Europe Takes Home 6th Straight Mosconi Cup opportunities. We played much better and today was by far our best day; it started last night with Bergman’s match. Justin played his heart out in the first match but didn’t get the break, and Skyler too – hats off to them both because they came through big time for us. They displayed leadership and an example of how a warrior loses. “We are getting some momentum and we certainly got greater fan support. It motivates me and inspires me to see the fans get behind it like this. Europe kept the pressure on us and made it difficult for us to really assert ourselves. Europe had a super strong line-up from top to bottom, their worst player is fantastic, but we stood toe-to-toe with them for four days. We made a few too many unforced errors, we just can’t do that. “We showed relentless positivity throughout, not just my players but the spirit of the American pool public, who have really shown a lot of support. All the work my players did behind the scenes, not just practicing but doing things which help to grow the sport, I commend them for that.” The 2016 Mosconi Cup will take place from Tuesday to Friday 6th to 9th December at the Alexandra Palace, London with tickets available in January 2016.
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MVP Niels Feijen
going to get tougher and tougher for the future. “We couldn’t have got a better replacement than Marcus. He has done a fantastic job and is really passionate, even more passionate than the players. He did an amazing job and we are very proud of him. “Niels is Mr Reliable. He is rock solid, his cue action is amazing, he has an amazing break and he is so consistent. He is the guy I want on my side when you go to war. Karl’s record in the Mosconi Cup is amazing and Albin, for a rookie, wow - what a future star. “The big thing USA showed was a lot of heart but the young players really impressed me. Bergman played awesome, Skyler for a rookie was amazing and Shane played pretty strong. Mark is doing a really good job as the captain. Their fans have been amazing getting behind the team and this is definitely the best Mosconi Cup we have had in America.” For Mark Wilson, despite the defeat, it was a step in the right direction for a team that was on its knees two years ago. “The guys showed the spirit that we needed to win but we didn’t have enough
YEAR VENUE 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2014 Tower Circus, Blackpool, England 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2012 Bethnal Green, London, England 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2010 Bethnal Green, London, England 2009 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2008 St. Julian's, Malta 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2006 Rotterdam, Netherlands 2005 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2004 Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2002 Bethnal Green, London, England 2001 Bethnal Green, London, England 2000 Bethnal Green, London, England 1999 Bethnal Green, London, England 1998 Bethnal Green, London, England 1997 Bethnal Green, London, England 1996 Dagenham, London, England 1995 Basildon, Essex, England 1994 Romford, London, England
SCORES MVP Europe11-7USA Niels Feijen Europe11-5USA Niels Feijen Europe11-2USA Niels Feijen Europe11-9USA Chris Melling Europe11-7USA Niels Feijen Europe11-8USA Darren Appleton USA11-7Europe Dennis Hatch Europe11-5USA Mika Immonen Europe11-8USA Tony Drago Tied12-12Tied Corey Deuel USA11-6Europe Earl Strickland USA12-9Europe Rodney Morris USA11-9Europe Mika Immonen Europe12-9USA USA12-1Europe USA12-9Europe USA12-7Europe USA13-9Europe USA13-8Europe USA15-13Europe Europe16-15USA USA16-12Europe
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Final Tiger Women’s West Coast Tour Stop Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour completed their sixth and final stop of the 2015 session on December 12th-13th at Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento. Sponsor Karen Markulis welcomed players with a smile. 2015 was a year full of excitement for TWCWT. The tour added a new sponsor and extended the event into the month of December. Overall the tour ranged from 28 to 36 players a stop. Hard Times Billiards sponsored the Kick-Off Event as well as the closing of the 2015 session. Tiger participants enjoy this location because of the quality of equipment and the wonderful staff who goes out of their way to help the tour. The players exchanged secret Santa presents, answered a short survey and went on to their matches. Eleanor Callado-Manuel won matches against Meadow Klingler, Sher Aloha, and Stephanie Hefner. Revelina Um received a bye, and won matches against Dee Domingo and Kendra fuller. On the other side of the bracket we had Leslie Bernardi, winning against Cony Mendoza, Naomi Manuel-Callado and Shawn Modelo. Emilyn Callado would defeat Noel Campos, Jessica Skye, and Janna Sue Nelson. The matches for Sunday’s top 4 on the winner side: Eleanor Callado-Manuel vs Revelina Um and Emilyn Callado vs Leslie Bernardi. Matches on the one loss side: Kendra Fuller vs Stephanie Hefner and Dee Domingo vs Sher Ahola. We continued to see Eleanor Callado-Manuel dominate the field. She has had a great year winning every single stop including the Kick off event. Only once was she sent to the one loss side on the main event and she came back all the way to challenge the player on the winner seat out of first place. Emilyn Callado would lose to Leslie Bernardi on the main event and be sent to work the one loss side. She would win matches against Stephanie Hefner and Revelina Um who on her side had a loss to Eleanor but defeated Denise Domingo on the one-loss side to face Emilyn with the loser taking fourth. Emilyn dominated entirely, winning that match with a score of 5-0. She was in stroke, using the rails
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and playing very confidently overall. This is one of the best showings by Emilyn this year. She took a year off competing in the tour and became the tournament director for the 2014 tour. It was an all Callado final and the house was excited to see it. Emilyn won first race 7-5 but lost the final race 3-5.
The Tiger cue was raffled, along with a Tiger $150 gift certificate, a case from Ozone Billiards, t-shirts and towels from the tour and boxes of chocolates. Participants also made holiday sweets to share. Our main sponsor donated Tiger products to be raffled at each stop, as well as a cue for our big prize at the end of the season. Our newest sponsor, Ozone Billiards, donated a cue case at this stop. We want to thank our regular sponsors for 2015: Tony Kalamaryan, President of Tiger Products; Don Akerlow of On the Break News; Ozone Billiards; and Cony Mendoza, Diablo Valley Pool Leagues. Photography was by Naomi Manuel-Callado. If you enjoy women’s pool, please support the rooms and businesses that support our sport. Come out and join the fun. Women of all skill levels are welcome. Visit our website twcwt.com and our Facebook page Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour for more information. MAIN EVENT RESULTS: 1st Eleanor Callado-Manuel $250 2nd Emilyn Callado $195 3rd Leslie Bernardi $140 4th Revelina Um $100 5/6 Dee Domingo, Stephanie Hefner $70 7/8 Kendra Fuller, Sher Ahola $50 SECOND CHANCE RESULTS: 1st Janna Sue Nelson $80 2nd Holly Robinson $40
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Congratulations to Rodney “The Rocket” Morris for winning the Mezz West State Tournament at Diamond Billiards Fresno, CA this past weekend. There were 77 amazing players with Oscar Dominguez taking 2nd and our own, Vilmos Földes taking the 3rd spot. Mom and I looking forward to Top Gun in February. See you all there and thank you so much for your support. We do love this game and everyone connected to it.
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Chinook Winds Casino Resort is adding $17,000 to the 8-Ball Open Event March 11-13, 2016. $12,000 will be added to the Men’s division with guaranteed $10,000 for 1st place based on 96 entries. $5,000 will be added to the Women’s division based on 32 entries. Entry fee $150 and $25 green fee. It will be a race to 7 for Men’s division and race to 5 for Women’s division, double elimination, CSI/BCAPL rules. Tournament will start after Calcutta (cash only) on Friday at 4 PM and a brief player’s meeting. Finals will be on Sunday evening. The Chinook Winds Open Is Partnered with Mosconi Cup and players will be earning points towards that event. A WarmUp 8-ball tournament will commence on Thursday, March 10th at 6 PM, $25 entry $5 green fee, race to 4, double elimination, Women’s division 32 max and Men’s Division 64 max. This tournament will be open to all players. Ring games may be offered if there is enough interest. As always, sportsmanship is mandatory. Tournaments will be played on 7-foot Diamond bar tables with Cyclop balls provided by Bad Boys Billiards Production. “Fast” Lenny Marshall of “On The Rail TV.com” will provide the high definition, quality streaming with many videos to view. Co-tournament directors are Andrew Monstis and Mike Jensen with WBCA staff helping out. Certified referees will be in attendance. They say it’s better at the beach and they are right! Chinook Winds Casino Resort is a full service facility. It is an exceptional place for a tournament venue. Having this event tucked in at the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon creates an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. The Chinooks Winds Open 8-Ball Tournament precedes Western BCA’s 21st annual regional 8-Ball Championships. Western BCA (WBCA) and Chinook Winds are jointly producing this event The 8-Ball Tournament is sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, a grant from the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau (www.oregoncoast.org) and Anheuser-Busch. Bud Light is the official beer of the event and sponsor of Warmup Tournament. Special thanks to Mike Howerton, AzBilliards; Lenny Marshall, On The Rail TV; Ozzie Reynolds, Cuesports International; Ric and Bonnie Jones - Bad Boys Productions; Jay Helfert Author of “Pool Wars” Entry Forms and more entry information can be obtained at westernbca.org.
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BILLINGS, MT Here are the results of my memorial pool tournament for my brother, Stormy. Men’s division. 1st Reddeer, AB, CA, Sean McKay, ($2000) 2nd Kalispell, MT, Jeff Boucher, ($600) rd 3 Edmonton, AB, CA, Rob Cardinal, ($400). Women’s division. 1st Bozeman, MT. Sky Cristadora, ($1000), nd 2 Edmonton, AB, CA, Wanda Prince ($500), 3rd Billings, MT. Dina Winter, ($300.00). I have gained a whole new respect for those folks who direct tournaments, although I have to admit we only had one sore losing whiner out of the lot. I want to Thank Mr. Doug Asleson for making the arrangements with the local taverns to host us, and for directing the women’s division with a beautiful assistant, my daughter, Ms. Randy Linthicum. I owe a lot of thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Luke McFadden, they stepped up, an organized the tournament and brackets and without them I would of created a nightmare. Also thanks to players who stepped up and assisted to keep things on track, Mr. Wade Hudson, and Mr. Jim Winter, and last I want to thank all those who participated in this tournament for making it so successful.
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Jason Melm, Jerry Kirk BOISE, ID Wow! Fall classic! 14 hours of competitive gaming! Thanks to all the participating players who came out not only for the love of the game but to remember Greg Williams and his love for it as well. HUGE thank you to the gracious anonymous donor who added $200 to prize money in memory of Greg. Big shout out to Jody and Chuck for their expertise in running it. Thanks to those who supported and purchased Hustlin’ clothing. Place Prize Calc. Player 1st $370 $600 Jerry Kirk 2nd $275 $450 Jason Melm 3rd $180 $300 Seth Bennett 4th $ 90 $142 Josh Smith 5/6th $ 50 Joey Diehl, Tony Jordan Top Women Shooters $100 Robin Face $ 25 Janis Ogawa
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The December version of the monthly Nubbins Memorial Pool Tournaments was held on Dec. 4th & 5th at Duke’s Bar & Grill in Saratoga, WY. This month saw Tom Thompson of Pine Haven, WY take the championship honors in this $1,000 added money 8-ball event. Tom emerged from the one loss side of the bracket, after dropping his 3rd match to Anthony Lucero of Rawlins, WY, to secure the double dip in the finals and take the title and the $600 of 1st place prize money! Anthony Lucero continued his winning ways as of late and won the hot seat match over Mack Pride of Saratoga, WY and ended up claiming $440 worth of 2nd place prize money. The third place prize money of $290 went to Mack Pride after he went undefeated into the hot seat match and then dropped consecutive matches to Lucero and Thompson. Rounding out the top four saw Josh McCloskey of Laramie, WY secure himself $150 who also was a victim of Tom Thompson’s assault on the one loss side of the bracket. The next Nubbins Memorial Pool Tournament is scheduled for January 8th & 9th at Duke’s Bar & Grill and anyone wanting to enter or needing more information can call Monte Thayer at (307)710-1447. 1st $600 Tom Thompson 2nd $440 Anthony Lucero 3rd $290 Mack Pride
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Entry Deadline: March 1, 2016 Entry Forms will be at westernbca.org soon But Light WarmUp Tournament: Thursday, March 10 (details TBA) Calcutta: Friday, March 11, 4p Play will begin immediately following Calcutta Questions: Mike Jensen (360-703-4081) or Andrew Monstis (503-422-0623)
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Jan 1 Emeryville, CA Broken Rack (see ad p26) 510-652-9808 Open 9-Ball $25 $300 w/48 11:30AM Jan 1-3 Laramie, WY Mingles (see ad Dec) 307-761-1696 8-Ball-AAA/AA-Race7/6 $125 $$$ 9PM Jan 1-3 Laramie, WY Mingles (see ad Dec) 307-761-1696 8-Ball-Open A-Race5 $100 $$$ 7PM Jan 1-3 Laramie, WY Mingles (see ad Dec) 307-761-1696 8-Ball-Open B-Race4 $75 $$$ 5PM Jan 1-3 Laramie, WY Mingles (see ad Dec) 307-761-1696 8-Ball-Open C-Race3 $60 $$ 3PM Jan 2-3 Petaluma, CA Buffalo Billiards (see ad p22) 800-400-4283 MezzWestStateTour.com $65 $2,000 Call Jan 3 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p26) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11AM Jan 8-9 Saratoga, WY Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p24) 307-710-1447 8-Ball Handicap $30 no g.f. $1,000 7PM Jan 9 Electric City, WA Banks Lake Pub (see ad p27) 509-633-2000 8-Ball - Women’s Open $15 $100+$5/stick 11AM Jan 9 Vaughn, MT Silver Spur Saloon (see ad p22) 406-964-1003 Dave Ward Memorial Dbls Call Call Call Jan 9 Salem, OR Cue Ball (see ad p29) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10AM Jan 15-17 Portland, OR NiteHawk (see ad p24) 360-892-7454 9-Ball $50+$10 g.f. $500 Call Jan 16-17 Spokane, WA Black Diamond (see ad p24) 509-891-8357 9-Ball $50 (incl g.f.) $1,000 w/64 8AM Jan 16-17 San Francisco, CA Family Billiards (see ad p25) 415-931-1115 One Pocket $65+$10 g.f. $1,500 11AM Jan 23 Black Eagle, MT B.E.C.C. (see ad p22) 406-761-8435 9-Ball Singles Call Call Call Jan 23-24 La Mesa, CA Mezz West State (see ad p28) 800-400-4283 9-Ball $65 $2,000 Call Jan 23-24 Keizer, OR Kolby’s (see ad p24) 503-393-POOL 9-Ball Singles $75 (incl g.f.) $700 9AM Jan 22 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic (see ad Dec) 812-288-POOL 9-Ball Banks-Single Elim w/1 buy back $110-$50w/bb $10,000 Guar Noon Jan 22-30 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic (see ad Dec) 812-288-POOL Mini Tournaments throughout DCC Call Call Call Jan 22-25 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic (see ad Dec) 812-288-POOL Diamond Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge Call $16,000 Call Jan 24 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic (see ad Dec) 812-288-POOL 1 Pocket-Single Elim w/1 buy back $135-$75w/bb $15,000 Guar Noon Jan 24 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic (see ad Dec) 812-288-POOL Straight Pool $1,000 High Run $100 $7,000 Guar Call Jan 27 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic (see ad Dec) 812-288-POOL 9-Ball-Single Elim w/1 buy back $160-$100/bb $25,000 Guar Noon Mosconi Cup Points for 2016 Jan 29 Elizabeth, IN Derby City Classic (see ad Dec) 502-345-7775 Bank Ring Game Call $3,000 Call Jan 30 Lincoln, MT Wilderness Bar (see ad p22) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Doubles Call Call Call Feb 5-6 Saratoga, WY Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p24) 307-710-1447 Saratoga Handicap $30 no g.f. $1,000 7PM Feb 6 Vaughn, MT Silver Spur Saloon (see ad p22) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call Feb 7 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p26) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11AM Feb 13 Salem, OR Cue Ball (see ad p29) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10AM Feb 13 Bozeman, MT Scoop Bar (see ad p20) 406-850-2896 Lonely Hearts 8-Ball $15 $$$ Call Feb 20-21 Oak Harbor, WA American Legion (see ad p24) 360-929-6076 8-Ball Team Open 4 players $140M/$100W $500 w/32 10AM Mar 5 Vaughn, MT Silver Spur Saloon (see ad p22) 406-964-1003 Chuck Thompson Memorial 8-Ball Call Call Call Mar 6 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p26) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11AM Mar 11-13 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Open (see p33) 360-703-4081 Chinook Winds Open Men’s 8-Ball $175 incl g.f. $12,000 3PM Mosconi Cup Points for 2016 Mar 13-20 Lincoln City, OR Western BCA (see ad p32) westernbca.org 8-Ball Regionals-Mx Sc Dbls Varies $$$ Online Mar 13-20 Lincoln City, OR Western BCA (see ad p32) westernbca.org 8-Ball Regionals-Singles Varies $$$ Online Mar 13-20 Lincoln City, OR Western BCA (see ad p32) westernbca.org 8-Ball Regionals-Singles Varies $$$ Online Mar 12 Black Eagle, MT Little Chicago (see ad p22) 406-761-9293 3 Man Team 8-Ball Call Call Call Mar 12 Salem, OR Cue Ball (see ad p29) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. 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