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PORTLAND, OR A gaggle of good shooters gathered upstairs at Sam’s for the September edition of Sam’s Hollywood Billiards First Sunday 14.1 tournament. The event was a full round-robin, races to 40, on Sam’s Gold Crown 9-foot tables. At the end of the day, when the chalk dust settled, Brad Ruggles had lost only one of his five matches, which would usually be enough to earn the gold; but “Mountain” Mike Eyre swept the field going undefeated, to win First place $$ as well as the coveted Sam’s Gift Card for the High Run of the day.

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TWCWT The Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour held their 3rd tour stop at Diamond Billiards in Fresno, CA on the weekend of September 10th-11th. This is the second year of Diamond’s sponsorship for the Tour. Last year, 26 players participated in the event and So Cal resident Lauren Ward emerged with a victory, surprising most of the tour’s regular top finishers. For this year’s stop, we had 23 players competing. Even though the field was smaller, competition was still extremely tough. The owner of Diamond Billiards, Sheri Dadian, is very personable, caring, and friendly with all of the players. She spends her day talking to players, asking what she can do to help, what type of food she can get, drinks, etc. She certainly has become a very strong force on the tour and constantly advocates for women’s empowerment in pool and in life. Sheri’s late husband, Dan Dadian, was the founder of Diamond Billiards and he believed that everyone should have access to quality entertainment. The pool hall has 7 televisions, 4 Diamond bar tables, 1 Diamond tournament table, 12 Rebco tournament tables, and 2 Valley bar tables. It also has dart boards, video games, a juke box, and a very dedicated staff. For the first bracket, we had a few surprises which definitely impacted the final outcome of this stop. Celie Meyers, a local player from Fresno, would surprise the field by defeating Eleanor Callado, Michelle Fraser, and Shawn Modelo to place herself in the top eight on day 2. Shanon McHone, a young participant from Sacramento who took 9-12 at the kickoff event, received a bye and won matches against Audrey Lambert and Holly Robinson to place herself in the top eight. Jessica Skye would get a bye, and win matches against May Tcha and Cony Mendoza to place herself in the top eight . In the last bracket, we had Lauren Ward trying to repeat her win from last year, she would get a bye, defeat Gaby Lopez and Sitreen Sinnette to set herself for a top eight match on Sunday. For the end of Saturday night we had the following matches on the Winner’s side: Jessica Skye vs. Celie Meyers Shanon McHone vs. Lauren ward On the one-loss side, we had lots of heat as most of the regular winners had been sent to the one-loss side by making too many mistakes and their opponent players


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capitalizing on them. Kendra Fuller would win matches against Gaby Lopez, Joina Liao, and Shawn Modelo to set herself for top eight on the one-loss side. So far this year, Kendra has been able to get to top eight in all three stops. Eleanor Callado, who is not used to being on the one-loss side, would win matches against Audrey Lambert, Lynn Tiret, and Cony Mendoza to make the top eight. Emilyn Callado, who won her first match against Kendra Fuller and then lost her second match against Cony, received a bye and won matches against May Tcha and Holly Robinson to set herself for a match in the top eight one-loss side. Michelle Fraser would receive a bye and win matches against Cindy Kim, Sitreen Sinnette for top eight in the one-loss side. Matches on the one-loss side for Sunday morning would be: Michelle Fraser vs. Emilyn Callado Kendra Fuller vs. Eleanor Callado The field was surprised to not have the favorite of the tour, Eleanor Callado, on the winner’s side as usual, however having her and sister Emilyn Callado both coming back on top eight on the one-loss side was an exciting feeling. Some of the players felt that Eleanor would come back and defeat every one including the player in hot seat as she had in the past. Eleanor would defeat Kendra Fuller and fall short on her effort against winner of last year Lauren Ward. Lauren capitalized on the mistakes Eleanor made and took an early lead of 6-2. The final score would be 7-4. Emilyn would defeat Michelle Fraser, who made top eight for the first time since she started playing in the TWCWT. She would lose to then Celie Myers, who was the player who had defeated her sister Eleanor. The Callado sisters tied for a  5th-6th finish. Lauren Ward 2ND CHANCE WINNERS continued to work the one-loss side, winning matches against Eleanor and Celie Myers. Her next opponent was Jessica Skye, who for the first time had advanced this deep in any championships in our sport now using Andy Cloth? of the stops. Lauren was in the lead most of the match but made several mistakes that allowed Jessica to stay in the game. In the hill-hill match Lauren played a great

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JESSICA SKYE safety, getting ball in hand with the 7, 8, 9 and leaving the 9 ball hanging in the pocket. Jessica would walk away with the win and once again had a chance to play against Shanon McHone. So with brand new finishers in the top four the tournament went on and the focus shifted towards the Winners’ side where Shanon McHone had defeated Jessica Skye and was now on the hot seat. It was a very close match, and the score was 6-6 when Shannon broke and made the 9 ball on the break to take her first tour stop. The standings of the stop were: 1st Shanon McHone $300 2nd Jessica Skye $200 3rd Lauren Ward $140 4th Celie Myers $100 5/6 Eleanor Callado $70 Emilyn Callado $70 7/8 Kendra Fuller $40 Michelle Fraser $40 For the Second chance event we had 9 players come back: 1st Gigi Callejas $80 2nd May Tcha $40 As always, we want to thank our regular sponsors: Tony Kalamdaryan, President of Tiger Products Don Akerlow of On the Break News Cony and Tina Mendoza of Diablo Valley Pool Leagues Our room sponsors: Karen Markulis of Hard Times Billiards, Sacramento Lee Simon of Buffalo Billiards, Petaluma Wayne Boucher of The Broken Rack, Emeryville Delbert Wong of Family Billiards, San Francisco Geoff Somer of Diamond Billiards, Modesto Sheri Dadian of Diamond Billiards, Fresno If you enjoy women’s pool, please support the rooms and businesses that support our sport. Live streaming will be provided by Eleanor Callado. Come out and join the fun. Women of all skill levels are welcome. Visit our website at and our Facebook page, Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour for more information.

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DIABLO VALLEY WOMEN’S SPRING SESSION 2016 Kacie Ragen, Leslie Bernardi, Deanna Spommer) came out “firing” on the final position round and put the champions to the test. At the end the score of 2-3 would give the victory to the Cue n Brew Team one more year. “The average killers”- led by Laura Tow managed to get on top 3. This team has proven to be the most improved, they also get the benefit of the handicap so on a good night, and they can really do damage and take rounds off. “Miss Velte” from Vinnie’s Bar managed to stay in the fight, even after losing Co Captain Cary Wolcott who got ill, and being short a player. Overall we can say every one shot very well, and enjoyed many weeks of competition. FINAL STANDINGS 1ST $1,927 Josie 2ND $1,560 Erin 3RD $ 1,300 Laura 4TH $ 1,060 Cary 5TH $ 865 Tammy 6TH $ 735 Tina 7TH $ 650 Carmen 8TH $ 565 Shannon Diablo Valley Women’s 8-ball spring session came to an end this past Sep 14th after 32 weeks of serious competition. The women of these group of shooters (53) have been playing together for many years and with the help of a handicap system of 135% have managed to level the play and give opportunities to all teams to get in the top places. Cue n Brew and Vinnie’s Mix have been dominating the league for the last few years. They however have to play their very best every match to avoid losing rounds. For this 4 round session we were able to raise $9,462. All teams got paid, top 5 players and most improved shooter. Congratulations to Cue n Brew’s Team who added to its already strong arsenal top players Holly Robinson and Alyson Fudge. Players returning from last year champion team were Kendra Fuller, Josie Baraquil, Cony Mendoza and Cola Shannon alternating. This was also the team that participated in Las Vegas Nationals with a good show, they would take 7-8th on 9 ball for ($250) and 9th-12 on 9 ball ($400). From Vinnie’s Team we had Shawn Modelo and Leslie Bernardi combining efforts with a sister league, and capturing 1st for the Platinum Category (Master’s). They would take home $2100. The Cue n Brew’s mix proved to have a winning touch taking over spot #1 early on in the season. They had a good lead coming into the final 2 rounds but lost Open Daily key rounds allowing the “power” Vinnies 11am-2:30am All Ages Area team to get within reach. (Erin Gomez, Shawn Modelo, Nancy Valdes (Dezz)

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Tom Simpson 1951 - 2016 by: Mark Finkelstein One Saturday morning about a month ago I got a call from Candace Coffin, Tom Simpson’s wife, telling me that Tom had died the night before. He was on the way to the hospital and had a heart attack. His passing was sudden and a shock to me. That is the last thing I could ever imagine. I have been working with Tom for about 10 years and have done close to 100 seminars with him over the years. During that time I have come to understand the passion and love for the game that Tom exuded. Tom was a true pioneer and role model for players and instructors alike. Tom encouraged me to write about pool and was instrumental in exposing me to the bigger pool world. Tom had that quiet ability to motivate me to always be looking for ways to do better. I only know pieces about Tom’s life before he became a full time Instructor, but I have been with him enough years doing the Intensive seminars to understand the great passion and dedication he had to helping pool players improve and bringing more qualified instructors into the industry. Tom had an exceptional ability to look at a player’s stance and figure out a more efficient way for the player to stand. He was also a marketing genius! Puns, turns of phrases, and article titles delighted me over the years. Just look at the chapters of his book “Beat People with a Stick” to get chuckle after chuckle over his use of words. I am also honored to be considered a friend of Tom’s. He was a loyal, dedicated and exceptional man that I have had the pleasure to work with and learn from over the years.

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STEFANO PELINGA Stefano Pelinga (born 1964) hails from Rome, Italy, where he has served since 1985 as a police officer for the Italian government (Polizia di Stato), until his retirement in 2011. He began to play pool at the age of 12, drawing inspiration from his favorite singer and actor, Dean Martin. Stefano, currently a 5-time World Champion in Pool Trick Shots, won several titles in Italy in straight pool and nine-ball throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he devoted himself entirely to “Artistic Pool,” commonly referred to in its practice as “Trick Shots.” Due to his outstanding achievements, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest Trick Shot champions in the history of the sport, and has earned a spot in ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic Hall of Fame. Most importantly, on November 17, 2012, Stefano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In the presence of approximately 500 VIP guests and many sports stars such as Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Tony Esposito and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Stefano was awarded this honor, becoming a member of this group of legendary Italian Americans.

3 Useful Solutions (1 of 3) We are playing a game of 8-Ball and we are down to the last ball, the black 8. The side pocket is blocked by one opponent’s ball and we can’t bank the 8 because of the opponent’s Green Ball. If the Green Ball is placed in a spot which makes it possible for us to have our Cue Ball carom off the 8-Ball and swipe the Green Ball away, then try to use this simple solution: Aim the 8-Ball 3/4 to the right using a 2-tip left English at 9 o’clock on the Cue Ball and a 3-speed stroke. The 8-Ball will pick up the opposite English and start zigzagging, while the Cue Ball pushes itself and the Green Ball out of the 8-Ball’s path. Finally the 8-Ball, after hitting three rails will sink in the opposite side pocket. 3 Useful Solutions (2 of 3)

In this diagram instead, the Green Ball is placed where we can’t remove it with our Cue Ball. Try to hit the 8-Ball almost full, just a hair to the left, using a very smooth follow through and a 6 o’clock, 2.5 tips of draw and a 2-speed stroke on the Cue Ball. The Cue Ball will draw back pretty much in a straight line and the 8-Ball, after bouncing off the long rail, will likely collide with the Cue Ball approximately at point X on the table and its trajectory, with a little luck, will be diverted towards the side pocket. A not-too-easy time shot.

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3 Useful Solutions (3 of 3) This last solution is definitely the fanciest and most effective as the position of the blocking Green Ball does not matter much. We want to have the 8-Ball jump over the blocking ball. In order to do so, elevate your cue about 25⁰ and hit the Cue Ball half a tip above center. Use a 2-speed stroke and a little wrist action. Aim the 8-Ball as if you were banking it into the side pocket. Keep in mind that if the CB and the 8-Ball are closer than the ideal 8”-12”, you will need to elevate your cue a little more and hit the CB a tad higher. According to the position of the blocking ball, with some practice we can even try to make the 8-Ball “on the fly”!

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The other day at the pool hall I noticed a young player practicing kick shots. He was shooting like it was a game of 9 ball, but every shot was a kick. He seemed to be having fun and I’m sure he was learning how to use the cushions. Here is my take on how to do this practice and even play it as a game, which I’ll call Kick It. Here are the rules for the two-person game: Rack for 9 ball and do a normal break to get the game started. If you make a ball, spot it back up and continue shooting. On each subsequent shot, you must contact a cushion before you hit the lowest object ball -- hitting the lowest ball directly is a foul as is any usual foul at nine ball like not getting a cushion after ball contact. If you make a good hit and don’t foul, you get to shoot again. If you make a ball as part of a good kick, you get one point and the ball stays down. If you make a ball on a foul, it spots back up. If you foul, your opponent begins with ball in hand anywhere, but of course he has to shoot a kick shot. You can either play for cumulative points over several racks (maybe first to 20) or first to five points wins the rack. In the diagram is a typical situation right after the break. This is a fairly easy shot in that the 1 ball is directly along the path for kicking the cue ball to the side pocket A, which most players are familiar with. Shown in the diagram are some details from the standard mirror system of aiming kick shots. The black ball is the mirrored target for the 1 ball. In theory, if you shoot straight at the black target, you will hit the one ball full. The target is even with the 1 ball (north/ south) and as far from the rail groove as the 1 ball is. (The rail groove is the worn line you can see on old cloth that is half a ball from the nose of the cushion.) This mirror system is used by some pros and I’ve seen them measuring out the target using theshaft of their cue stick as a ruler. The system is useful enough that I think it merits its own practice session. Make a circular ball-sized target out of paper to put on the cushion and mark the cue ball and object ball positions, and see how well the shot works for you with various speeds. The most common problem is putting unintended side spin on the cue ball which can ruin the mirror reflection. Also, faster shots will tend to go more perpendicular off the cushion (called “shorter”). Of course if the 1 ball was a little up or down the table, you would need to aim not to hit it full but to cut it a little. For example, if you’re kicking the 5 ball to pocket G, you need to hit somewhat towards the bottom of the ball as a full hit off the right side cushion will send it into the bottom rail. One of the easiest shots in this game, and a shot that is very useful otherwise, is the short kick to the 2 ball from the cue ball position shown -- hit the cushion near B to pocket the C. It turns out that the normal mirror system usually doesn’t work well for this shot because the cue ball tends to bend back towards the cushion a little when shot softly. If you made a target for the 1 ball shot, you can also use it here -- experiment to find out where it needs to be for a soft shot at the 2 ball.

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As you get better at this game you will start to see position possibilities because you get to play again after a good kick. For a shot like the 3 ball from the cue ball position shown, you can do something like a short kick off of D to move the 3 ball down to E. The cue ball will still be near the 6 ball so you will have a kick off the cushion at F to make the 3 in pocket G. Or at least that’s the plan. When you make the initial short kick, you have to be careful to get a cushion. The easiest way to do that without sending the 3 ball farther than you want is to get the cue ball back to the side cushion by hitting the 3 slightly on the rail side. I hope you enjoy Kick It either as a practice or a game. If you find any problems with the rules or discover some other clever plays, please email me at and I’ll pass on your insights. For a lot more info on how to aim kick shots with video example, get Disc III in the “How to Aim Pool Shots” video series I did with Dr. Dave Alciatore. See for more info.


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.

Next time you’re at a pro tournament, be sure to check out what top players do before each shot. A good pre-shot routine is an essential part of the game. It enables us to put ourselves into “Dead Stroke” on demand and focus all of our energy into the present moment. This month we will look at many steps you may want to incorporate into your pre-shot routine. 1. Free your Mind from Negative Thoughts or Expectations: Before you get down to shoot, you should exhibit a positive attitude. You’ll be free of negativity by not thinking about the score, how you are playing, how well your opponent is playing, or the soundness of your stroke mechanics. 2. Make Quality Decisions: Take your time and make sure that you pick out the right shot. Always think at least three balls ahead. You will also need to determine the correct amount of speed and spin needed to execute the shot properly. Remember to make all of your conscious decisions from a standing position with chalk in hand. 3. Align: This is the fundamental that requires the most maintenance and you need to make sure you’re perfectly aligned to the shot at hand. You should aim from a standing position then lock your eyes in on the contact point of the object ball as you settle into your stance and sweep your cue onto the shot line. 4. Practice Strokes: Next, take several slow warm-up strokes to ensure everything is correct. This is your second aiming checkpoint to ensure accuracy. If anything does not look right at any time, you should get up and start the entire process again.

5. Set: The first part of your “Stroke” is called “Set” and is your third aiming checkpoint. This is where you stop your cue tip around 1/8 of an inch away from the cue ball and take one final look. You should note that it takes the human eye two to three seconds to focus on a target from a still position. Therefore, it is imperative that you come to a COMPLETE STOP to zero in on your target. You will want to note that your eyes will move back and forth, but should be focusing on the cue ball at the end of the “Set” position. During practice, you should remain completely still and say, “1…2…3…” 6. Pause: The next thing you should do is move into what many instructors refer to as “Pause.” This is where you will slowly pull back your cue and stop at the end of your backswing. When making the transition from “Set” to “Pause,” your eyes should move from the cue ball to the point of contact on the object ball. A good pause helps remove a jerky forward swing and should help you maintain accuracy. As you practice the “Pause,” you will want to pull your cue back and say “1…2...” (second stop). 7. Finish: The third part the process is commonly referred to as “Finish.” During “Finish,” you should smoothly accelerate your cue and follow through the cue ball. Always remember to keep your eyes on the object ball during this phase. 8. Freeze: The fourth and final part of the stroke is called “Freeze.” During “Freeze,” it’s important to keep your body, head, and cue still. This is the evaluative part of the process. It is here that if the shot is missed, you should try to diagnose what went wrong. As you practice “Freeze,” you should remain completely still and say “1…2…3…4…” Furthermore, most good instructors teach players that their timing in an actual game will be roughly half of the duration of what it was during practice. In other words, during a real game, your “Set” will last around 1.5 seconds, your “Pause” will be around 1 second, and your “Freeze” will last approximately two seconds. Personally, I like to emphasize “Set,” and I don’t teach my students to cut it in half. I want their eyes to have plenty of time to focus on the target. You should continually work to improve your ability to focus specifically on each step. Once you master the process, you will develop a much stronger mental game. In the words of the late Larry Liscotti, “You will make more money and less friends.” SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

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Black Diamond Billiards, Spokane,Wa This year we were blessed with 76 players at The Spokane 9-Ball Open. The cost to play was $100 (75 entry, 20 GFs, 5 admin) with $4000 added with 128 players. Total purse this year was $8600 after the $2900 added to get a $2100 first place. 8 players were brought back for Monday with 4 on each side. On the top half of the A-side Brady Golan beating Damian Pongpanik to move on to the point match to Face Joe Spence who defeated Stan Tourangeau. While on the B-side Dan Louie defeated Mike Grimm to move and face Stan who just moved over to the B-side. On the bottom half of the B-side Todd Marsh defeated Jeff Boucher to move on and face Damian who just exited the A-side. With the point match underway Brady was able to defeat Joe Spence to claim the point. Both

B-side matches went hill/hill with Todd and Dan both winning to match up against each other to see who would face Joe for a chance to play Brady. Dan came away with the victory over Todd but was unable to get past Joe setting up a rematch of the point match. So the Finals were set with Joe Spence and Brady Golan in a true double elimination fashion. Joe came out firing and took Brady down in the first set 9-3. The second set got underway with Joe falling short of the double dip with Brady winning the second set 9-5 to claim the championship of The 2016 Spokane 9-Ball Open. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the players and Sponsors of this year’s event and we look forward to seeing everyone next year. Of course a big thank you to Black Diamond Billiards and their staff for hosting the event. 1st Brady Golan $2100 2nd Joe Spence $1500 3rd Dan Louie $1100 4th Todd Marsh $800 5-6th Stan Tourangeau $550 Damian Pongpanik $550 7-8th Jeff Boucher $350 Mike Grimm $350 9-12th Mike Aneline $200 Paul Potier $200 Eddie Mataya $200 Steven Weakly $200 13-16th Ben Francis $100 Randy White $100 Jerry Churchill $100 Wade Thompson $100 Top Lady Cindy Sliva $100



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Who will represent the USA in this year’s Mosconi Cup? There are five events to go, culminating with the US Open, then the Kuwait Open – both Level One tournaments with maximum points available. The top three players at the conclusion of the series will gain automatic spots on the team while the other two players will be wild cards chosen by Team USA captain, Mark Wilson.


The Mosconi Cup will be held at Alexandra Palace, London, December 6-9 2016. The Matchroom Pool site gives a link to watch the matches live at:




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On September 5th, 44 players turned out at The Broken Rack for our annual Labor Day Open 8 Ball Tournament. The format was BCA rules, alternate break, race to 3 on the A side and race to 2 on the B side. The entry fee was $30 and The Broken Rack added $300 for a prize fund of $1,532. Entries included six women and an additional prize of $50 was awarded to the highest finishing woman, Sher Ahola. Our thanks to our friends at Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour for their support. Their tour stop at The Rack, which happened in August this year, is always one of our favorite events. The two players who rolled undefeated to the hot seat match were Ramon Mistica and Robert Yulo. The last person Ramon had to beat for his place was Jack G. while Robert had to get past former tournament winner Jason Williams. Robert was the player who prevailed to take the hot seat. On the B side Ramon bested Rollo A. to win the right to a rematch with

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“I am finally back,” said an excited Allison Fisher moments after capturing her sixth International Tournament of Champions title. Allison now leads Ga Young Kim who holds five Tournament of Champion titles. The thrill of victory was all the greater since it had been several years since she won her last Tournament of Champion title. The spirited $15,000 winner-take-all event was held at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 21. Fisher, the 2016 Masters Champion, defeated Kelly Fisher in the final match and was crowned the new Woman’s “Champion of Champions.” The semi and final matches require a player to win two sets, race to four games each set. In the event of a tie, the pressure becomes brutal with a one game sudden death tiebreaker. The two semifinals and the Championship match were taped for broadcast by ESPN beginning Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 pm EST on ESPN2. “We may look cool out there, but the pressure is overwhelming,” said Allison. “I knew I had to play well from the start being matched first against Ga Young, and then to meet Kelly in the finals I couldn’t let up.” Kelly Fisher started out strong in both sets of the Final with a

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“I watched this Tournament as a young boy and to now win it is amazing” said an elated Jayson Shaw moments after capturing the 2016 International Challenge of Champions title. The pressure packed $25,000 winner-take-all event was held at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 20. Shaw, from Scotland, defeated Shane van Boening of the United States in “sudden death” in the final match and was crowned the new “Champion of Champions.” The two semifinals and the Championship match were taped by ESPN for telecast beginning Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 EST “You have to play your best the entire tournament,” said Shaw “There’s no margin for error. I won the lag to break in Sudden Death and I knew if I missed one shot I would lose $25,000! That is pressure.” Shaw played Kevin Cheng of Taiwan in the first Semifinal match. Cheng was off his game and Shaw played flawlessly winning both races to 5 handily 5-0 and 5-3. Shaw, the 2016 Derby City Classic 10 Ball Champion and Bergen Open 9 Ball Champion 9-Ball Champion then met Shane van Boening in the Finals who had defeated Alex Pagulayan, the 2016 Canadian Open Champion, in a sudden death tie breaker in the other semifinal. Alex won the first set 5-3 and Shane won the second set 5-4. The sudden death game went back and forth with Shane pulling out a victory. In the Finals, battling back and forth Shaw won the first set 5-4 and Van Boening took the second set 5-1. The momentum appeared to be with van Boening, but in the one game sudden death Shaw won the lag, ran the table, and emerged the winner. The crowd gave Shaw a standing ovation when he won the final match. He raised his arms in victory and then accepted the highest single purse in international winnertake-all tournaments. The trophy and the check were presented by Gregg Hovey of Billiards International. The 2016 event was the 25th annual International Challenge of Champions and the very last event to be held at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino, set to close on October 10, 2016. Bill Talerico, Executive Vice President Sports & Entertainment for Taj Mahal, was delighted with the event and the support displayed by the crowd of pool fans. “This is a great event for the Taj Mahal to go out on. I am only sorry we will not be around to host this again next year.”

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Mika Immonen th is the 76 World 14.1 Champion New York City- It seems only fitting that two adopted New Yorkers play for the World 14.1 Title on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. Mika Immonen is from Finland, but he has resided in NYC for over 15 years. And Earl Strickland, who hails from North Carolina, has lived in New York for about five years now. In the end, it was Immonen who was able to sigh a deep breath of relief. “Between the nerves and 6 hours of play, I was shaking. I have to admit I was more of afraid of losing in the finals again then thinking of the joys of winning”, admitted Immonen. “But I now have this huge weight off my shoulders finally. I can’t believe it. I’m the World 14.1 Champion and it is just such a huge honor.” Immonen, age 43, was inducted into the BCA HOF in 2014 while Strickland, age 55, gained entry in 2006. Both players have been at the top of the pool world for so long that they have become one name icons of the sport – if you say Mika or Earl, everyone knows who you are talking about. Both players have excelled in 9-ball. Strickland has won a record five US Open 9-Ball titles and four World 9-Ball championships. Immonen has won back-to-back titles in the US Open 9-Ball and a world title in 9-Ball and 10-Ball.

scenario, from long runs to defensive battles for the table. Immonen and Strickland have been in the game for so long now that they each have developed huge and enthusiastic followings. The audience was very equal in terms of rooting for each player. THE FINALS: FIRST HALF Mika Immonen 180 - Earl Strickland 80 Immonen won the lag, Strickland broke, Immonen missed a long combo, and Strickland was off and running as he quickly cleared the first rack. But then he missed the break shot, setting in motion an uncharacteristic series of misses that would plague him throughout the first half of the match. Immonen did run the second rack, but he missed the stack on his break shot and, after a safety battle, Strickland made a few balls, then ran 31 and now led, 53-13. But he missed another break shot and Immonen ran 48 to forge ahead, 61-53. Strickland managed to run 15, but missed again. Immonen ran

Straight Pool Hall of Fame inductee Pete Margo congratulates Mika after commentating on his match. They had developed a bond after meeting earlier in the week and Margo had been texting him well wishes in his matches.

In straight pool, Immonen won the 2007 Derby City Straight Pool title. He has finished third in this event in 2006, and was second in 2009 and 2010. Strickland had never cracked the top three in this tournament until this year, but he has run over 400 balls and he definitely plays world class straight pool. While both have secured their place among the game’s all-time greats, a World title in 14.1 would look great on their resume and it would boost their credentials as an all-around superstar. The Rasson TV table has super tight side pockets but the players have adjusted to it – Strickland ran a 135 and out on the table while Immonen had two runs in the fifties and a 69 and out in his semifinal match. Today’s final match is to 300 points, so they will likely be playing at least 35-40 racks. We should therefore be treated to every kind of layout imaginable, and we should see a mix of every kind of


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The beautiful Rasson Victory Table premieres on the East Coast of the United States with a new champion being crowned on it

Up and coming star Brandon Hernandez brought down the house with a special 9/11 tribute to New York and then the national anthem. It was standing room only to witness a new World 14.1 Champion crowned.

23 but got stuck on the stack, played an intentional foul, and now led, 83-65. Strickland managed to make only three balls before missing for the fourth time. Immonen responded with a run of 52 before his key ball skidded. Strickland ran 12, but missed. Immonen managed to run four before getting stuck on the stack on a break shot. But after he played a poor safety, Strickland missed his first shot and Immonen ran 44 balls before committing a foul – so at the break he led by a score of 180-80. THE SECOND HALF

went back to work, running 61 balls before missing a ball on a skid and scratching in the side. He caught the ball before it went it, so he lost 16 more points – 1 for the scratch, 15 for the penalty. The net result was that Immonen now led, 200-182 and was at the table with a break shot after making the final ball. Can you spell MOMENTUM CHANGE?

Earl Strickland 190 - Mika Immonen 120 The 30-minute intermission was just what the doctor ordered for Strickland as he came back with a vengeance, running 57 balls to narrow the gap – the score: 192-137. After his miss, Immonen ran 20, then made a huge error by failing to make contact with a ball near the jaws of the side pocket. So, with the score now 199-137, Strickland

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Immonen ran a rack, but jawed a close to the rail break shot and Strickland ran 32 before missing. The score was now tied at 214. But Immonen then ran 38 to take a 252-214 lead, but he failed to get shape on his break shot, so a safety battle ensued. The proceeding included several intentional fouls

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and three in a row by Immonen. At this point the score was 235-212. Strickland put together a run of 48 then missed, but he was now leading, 260-236. Immonen came back with a run of 21 but got stuck on the rack and a safety battle took place. After several intentional fouls and short runs the score was 285 to 260 in Immonen’s favor. Strickland ran 10 balls, but missed a break shot and Immonen struggled through the last 15 balls to win the six-hour marathon, 300-270.

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The Break Pool Magazine October Issue 2016  

Find out who are the Mosconi Cup Contenders and how the list has changed - results from regional tournaments and upcoming dates

The Break Pool Magazine October Issue 2016  

Find out who are the Mosconi Cup Contenders and how the list has changed - results from regional tournaments and upcoming dates