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PLACES PEOPLE PLAY 12 Days of Christmas 30 4th Plain Tavern Vancouver, WA 19 7-11 Bar Las Vegas, NV 31 Ballad Town Billiards Forest Grove, OR 16 Batter’s Up Salt Lake City, UT 11 Black Diamond Spokane, WA 26 Black Star Tacoma, WA 11 Broken Arrow Manhattan, MT 16 Broken Rack Emeryville, CA 38 BZ’s Sports Bar Burien, WA 11 California Billiard Club Mtn View, CA 34 Cat’s Paw Bozeman, MT 16 Cattails Lounge Williston, ND 37 Charley’s Pub Fircrest, WA 37 Chinook Winds Casino Lincoln City, OR 10 Classic Billiards Portland, OR 33 Cue Ball, The Salem, OR 34 D & R Spirits Ogden, UT 38 Danny’s Midway Marysville, WA 31 Diamond Billiards Reno, NV 38 Doc’s Tavern Ocean Park, WA 38 Eagles Club Bozeman, MT 31 Family Billiards San Francisco, CA 25 Frankie’s Olympia, WA 31 Greek Village Portland, OR 31 Harvey’s Sun Valley Bar Sun Valley, NV 38 Hi Way Lounge Alexander, ND 33 Jake’s Bar & Grill Salem, OR 34 Jointed Cue Sacramento, CA 37 K C Midway Oregon City, OR 11 Latitude 84 Tacoma, WA 31 Legion Bozeman, MT 31 Log Cabin Bar Sumner, WA 31 Malarkey’s Tacoma, WA 33,38 Molly Brown Bozeman, MT 38 O’Finnigan’s Everett, WA 32 Oasis Pocatello, ID 33,37 Pocket, The Boise, ID 33 Pocket, The Idaho Falls, ID 37 Pub 181 Gresham, OR 34 Rackem Medford, OR 13 Ringo’s Bar & Grill Beaverton, OR 38 Rodders Oregon City, OR 34 Sam’s Billiards Portland, OR 34 Schooners Lakewood, WA 38 Silver Dollar Coos Bay, OR 37 Soundview Everett, WA 37 Spot Bar & Grill Vancouver, WA 33 Stixx & Stones Bremerton, WA 20 Toadstool Emmett, ID 38 Uncle Jack’s Lynnwood, WA 26 Underground Beaverton, OR 37 ORGANIZATONS BCAPL Henderson, NV 43 BEF 20 Behind the Rock Tour WA 16 Diablo Valley Pool League CA 38 New World Billiards 16 Rocky Mountain Gaming Bozeman, MT 38 TAP 28 TWCWT California 32 USAPL Henderson, NV 43 BILLIARD SUPPLIES Aramith Libertyville, IL 3 Buffalo Billiards Petaluma, CA 32 Cue & Case St Augustine, FL 36 CueStix International Lafayette, CO 44 Lucasi Hybrid St Augustine, FL 17 McDermott Menomonee Falls, WI 2 Mueller Lincoln, NE 37 PureX St Augustine, FL 27 Simonis Libertyville, IL 3 Sure Shot Billiards Richland, WA 37 Tiger Products Burbank, CA 6,42 INSTRUCTION/SERVICES Billiard Directory Index 4 Bob Jewett 14 Mark “Dr Popper” Dimick 32 Melissa Little 12 Monk, The 13 Platis Law Firm Lynwood, WA 37 Pool On TV/Computer 37 POOL TOURNAMENTS Weekly 40,41 Tournament Trail 42

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World’s Best Women WPBA Tour Championships Coming to Lincoln City

LINCOLN CITY, OR – The Women's Pro Billiard Tour will stage its season-culminating event, the WPBA Tour Championships, in Lincoln City, Oregon November 7-11, 2012. Forty-eight of the best women pool players in the world will head to Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City to compete for the tour's most prestigious title. The event kicks off with a charity pro-am tournament November 7th, featuring the top 16 ranked professionals. Open to the general public, fans have a chance to compete against top players while raising money for the Taft High School Booster Club. The main event begins on November 8th; all 48 competitors will complete double elimination rounds, playing down to semi and final matches on Sunday, November 11th. The semi and final matches will be taped by ESPN for three one-hour national broadcasts. The WPBA Tour Championship is a major stop on the Women's Pro Billiard Tour, the culminating event of each tour season. Said WPBA president Tamre’ Rogers, "The players are eager to return to Chinook Winds on the beautiful Oregon coast for this season's tour finale!" Slated to compete are the best known names in the world of women's pro billiards, including European and world champion Jasmin Ouschan; famed "Black Widow" Jeanette Lee; Chinese sensation Xiaoting Pan, reigning world 9-Ball champion "Kwikfire" Kelly Fisher; reigning world 10-Ball champion Ga Young Kim aka "Little Devil Girl"; BCA Hall of Famer and reigning U.S. Open champion Allison Fisher; and newly inducted BCA Hall of Famer, the “Irish Invader” Karen Corr!; as well as local favorite Liz Cole of Portland, Oregon. It all takes place at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in the Convention Center in Lincoln City, OR. For more information, or to obtain tickets (day passes are just $20), call 1-888-MAIN-ACT (624-6228) or 541996-5775. Chinook Winds Casino Resort, located on the beach in Lincoln City, is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. See ad page 10

WORLD CUP OF TRICK SHOTS The WORLD CUP OF TRICK SHOTS was held October 25 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Team Europe claimed the title over Team USA in the only international team competition in the sport of Trick Shots. The prize purse was $30,000 for the event and Gold Medals to the winning team. The two semifinals and the Championship match will be broadcast by ESPN on January 6. Captain Nick Nikolaidis led Team Europe to victory and the Gold Medal. Other Team Europe members who were awarded the Gold Medal were Luke Szywala,Gabriel Visiou, and Florian Kohler. Silver Medalists from Team USA included Captain Andy Segal, Bruce Barthelette, Jamey Gray, and Mike Dechaine. Gabriel Visiou, Florian Kohler, Michael Libera - Event Production Mohegan Sun, The format for World Cup consisted of two skill Luke Szywala & Nick Nikolaidis shots and eight artistic show shots by both teams in a match. Team members executed a challenge shot of their choice, and their opponents were required to duplicate the shot or lose a point. In the semifinals, with two members from each team, the players alternated shots in four player head-to-head matches, performing intricate trick shots meant to stymie their opponents. A sudden death tiebreaker to decide a match required an eight rail bank shot onto the face of a $100 bill. The Championship Finals match pitted all eight members of Team USA and Team Europe in the wildest shootout of the year. The players on Team Europe displayed their brilliance to emerge as the top trick shot artists in the world. The Championship match was poetry on green felt, with Team Europe defeating Team USA by a hairline score of 21-20 to take the Gold Medals. Team USA, whose members were otherwise on their game, claimed Silver Medals and second prize. In the first semifinal, Team Europe players Visiou and Kohler prevailed over Team USA members Segal and Gray. The other semifinal saw Team USA artists Barthelette and Dechaine slip past Team Europe players Nikolaidis and Szywala in a tight match. The winning team in each semifinal carried a 1 point bonus forward into the final match. The Championship match went down to the wire, with Team Europe claiming the Gold Medals by the narrow margin of one point. The standing-room-only crowd gave Team Europe a rousing ovation at the conclusion of the Championship match. The victory was particularly rewarding for Team Europe as the teams were tied 3-3 in the history of the event, and Team Europe has now won Gold Medals four times in seven years. The Gold Medals and the team checks were presented by Mohegan Sun and Diamond Billiard Tables. The presentations brought another round of cheers from the audience.

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Jana Montour

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On October 20-21st The Parlor in Bellevue, WA hosted the NWPA’s 7th and final tour stop of the 2012 Season. The tournament was ran on 10 9 foot Brunswicks and Rail2Rail Productions provided live streaming throughout the event. As always, The Parlor was a gracious host and even provided comedy club tickets to several of the entrants after the NWPA banquet hosted as a buffet style dinner at The Ultra Lounge. Some of the The Parlor’s upcoming events include The Vixen Gauntlet on Wednesday nights, Karaoke and Comedy on Thursdays, and live DJs Po’Lo and Twizzle on Friday and Saturday nights. Upcoming comedians include Filipino Kings Nov 8, Kevin Nealon Nov 9-10th Check out their webpage for more information at www.parlorlive.com We would like to give special thanks to our title sponsor MUELLER for their continued support of the NWPA, please show your support to the NWPA by supporting Mueller (www.mueller.com). We would also like to extend a warm welcome one returning player, Jeanne Christensen. She recently moved back to the Northwest from sunny southern California. Twenty-eight ladies came out to play, however only two were in contention for the 2012 Tour Champion title, Jana Montour and Kim Jones. All six of the NWPA’s prior events had been won by one or the either. Going into the last tournament of the year, Jana led the standings by 70 points. If Kim Jones were to win the event, with Jana finishing no higher than third, Kim could win the title. Alternatively, making it to the final would guarantee Jana the championship; so after play concluded on Saturday evening, either story could unfold. 2012 NWPA Tour Champion award could not be given at the awards banquet hosted on Saturday night at The Parlor’s Ultra Lounge.

2012 NWPA Awards that were given included: Player of the Year- Kim Jones Rookie of the Year- Sandy Badger Most Improved- Elaine Eberly Also at the banquet, conclusion of our annual raffle took place. Prizes include three Mueller cues with cases, autographed photos from several top pros, private lessons with some of the regions’ top players, Hustlin’ USA shirts donated by Dumo, instructional book/DVD donated by The Monk, a Tiger Product package donated by Cristina De La Garza, and NWPA mugs/polo. Play started at 10 a.m. Saturday morning all of the tours’ top players were in attendance. The field was whittled down to 9 players on Sunday. On the A side, Shelby Locati played Cindy Sliva and Jana Montour played Mary Hopkin. Cindy and Jana both won their matches 7-1 and 7-5. Jana then defeated Cindy 7-5 to secure her 5th final appearance of the season and the title of 2012 NWPA Tour Champion. On the B side, Kathy Stanley and Stacy Eilts played their 9-12th match at 9:30 a.m., as it was a round behind the other matches. Kathy advanced 6-5 over Stacy, and then went on to play Kim Jones, while Jeanne Christensen played Kimberly Kirk. Kathy and Jeanne

both advanced through their morning matches 6-5 and 6-1. Jeanne then defeated Shelby 6-5, while Mary handed Kathy her second loss 6-1. Jeanne and Mary then played and that match would also be close, as Mary defeated Jeanne 6-4 to advance to the B side finals. Fresh off her hotseat loss, Cindy defeated Mary hill-hill to earn a rematch against Jana in the final. Path to the Final Jana Montour: Alicia K (1), Alisha R (1), Jeanne (4), Mary H (5), Cindy S (5) Cindy Sliva: Jana won the lag. Straight out of the gate, tough table layouts caused both players to play lots of safeties. Cindy won the first two racks before Jana could get on the board. They battled back and forth through the next three racks, Jana tying things up at 3-3, before she turned it up a notch and closed out each of the next 6 racks, defeating Cindy 9-3, to win her 4th event of the season. Great tournament ladies! Thanks to all who came out to support the NWPA. It was a great season and we will see everyone in 2013.

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BREAKING it DOWN TIFFANY FINNAN AND DENISE DOMINGO

MARY RAKIN AND ELEANOR CALLADO

The sixth stop of the 2012 Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour (TWCWT) took place October 20 - 21 at The Broken Rack in Emeryville, California. Forty-four players took the challenge in this double elimination, race-to-seven on the winners’ side, race-to-five on the oneloss side tournament. And on Sunday, with eight left in the Main Event, twenty-one eliminated players came back for our Second Chance--a single elimination, race-to-five tournament. On day one, Helen Gaughran, a well known local player who hasn’t been playing much tournament pool lately, made it through unbeaten with a bye and wins over Tammy Moreda (7-6), Kirsten Karim (7-3) and Holly Robinson (7-3). Tour leader Mary Rakin took matches from Tiffany Finnan (7-3), Heather Pulford (7-2), Amy Burdick (7-2) and Jessica Skye (7-1) to set herself up as Helen’s opponent on Sunday morning. On the other half of the chart, twins Eleanor and Emilyn Callado, worked their way to another Sunday come to sister meeting. Eleanor defeated Cheryl Morgan (7-1), Mary Osbourne (7-0), Dar Domingo (7-1) and Leslie Bernardi (7-1). Emilyn’s victories were over A Aiem-sa-ard (7-3), Lynn Donner (7-5), Theresa Mojica (7-4) and Revelina Um (7-5). Players on the one-loss side making it through to Sunday still in the main event were: Revelina Um, Leslie Bernardi, Jessica Skye and Heather Pulford. Sunday morning, both winners’ side matches went hill/hill, with Mary Rakin and Eleanor Callado progressing to the hot seat match. On the other side, Revelina Um defeated Leslie Bernardi, then Helen Gaughran. Heather Pulford (who recently visited her old stomping grounds in Texas and took first in an OB Cues Tour tournament while she was at it) won matches against Jessica Skye and Emilyn Callado. But Rev was in a groove and put Heather out of this tournament in 4th. While all this was going on Mary Rakin prevailed over Eleanor Callado (7-4) to take the hot seat. Meeting El in the last match on the one-loss side, Revelina hit that glass ceiling between 3rd place and the finals that she’s hit before, losing 4-7 and setting up a Mary/Eleanor rematch in the finals. El kept it close, but in the end it was a 7-5 victory for Mary Rakin. With lots of different players vying to make it to the top 8 in the Main Event—and the high percentage of women who don’t make it who return to play Sunday—The Second Chance has become quite a tournament in itself. This month Dee Domingo made it back to the finals after winning

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it last month, but had to settle for second when Tiffany Finnan took the match 7-4. Kim Broughton and Bonnie Koerner finished in 3rd/4th, marking Bonnie’s first time taking home money on the Tour. Prize money was $100 for first, $80 for second and $55 for 3rd/4th. Our Main Event finalists Mary Rakin and Eleanor Callado are both WPBA players currently ranked in the top 30. They, along with fellow TWCWT members Emilyn Callado and Kim Broughton, will be competing in the WPBA Tour Championship on Nov. 7-11, in Lincoln City, Oregon. Good luck all! As usual, everyone had a great time. Thanks to The Broken Rack for hosting the event and adding a combined $750 to our Main Event, Second Chance and end of year prize funds. Thanks to our tour sponsor, Tiger Products, for their continued support. Eileen Henshaw provided much appreciated (and needed!) therapeutic chair massage, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting TWCWT. And thanks to talented jewelers and pool enthusiasts Jody Shelton, Janie Williams and Caroline Yim for donating some of their beautiful creations to the cause. Next month TWCWT will be visiting Family Billiards in San Francisco on Nov. 17 & 18 for our final stop of 2012. It will be our 7th tournament of the year, our most ever, but it feels like we just started. If you’ve missed the fun so far, you still have a chance to check out the Tour. New players are welcome at any stop. One-stop membership is only $10, and the entry fee is just $30, which includes entry in the second chance tournament for any player not in the final eight of the main event. For more information, go to our website www.twcwt.com or check us out on facebook. THE FINAL EIGHT IN ORDER OF FINISH WERE: 1ST $500 MARY RAKIN 2ND $335 ELEANOR CALLADO 3RD $245 REVELINA UM 4TH $160 HEATHER PULFORD 5TH/6TH $120 HELEN GAUGHRAN 5TH/6TH $120 EMILYN CALLADO 7TH/8TH $80 LESLIE BERNARDI 7TH/8TH $80 JESSICA SKYE

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2012 Western BCA 9-Ball

By: Robbin Irredale

On October 9-14, 2012 the 14th Annual Western BCA Regional 9-Ball Championships were once again held at Chinook Winds Casino & Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon. 793 players from Washington, Oregon and Idaho traveled to the Oregon coast to compete for their share of over $69,800 in prize money. While Western BCA volunteers organized the event, Bad Boys Productions set up the 80 Diamond Pool Tables and tracked all results both on the paper brackets that lined the halls and the online brackets available at www.ctsondemand.com. The stage was set for the best competition in the Northwest with players warmed up from the Monday night fun night activities and eager for a chance to get to the finals and claim the title of Champions. As always, the Championships got under way with Mixed Scotch Doubles. 43 Master teams and 78 Open teams were on the tables Tuesday Morning eager for a chance to get to the finals and claim the title of Champion. In the Master division, Matt Horner (MID) and Mary Hopkin (NPL) were up to the task and went through to the point and a spot in the final. Luke Thomas (CC) and Shelby Locati (NPL) lost their 2nd match and had to work their way through the back side to get a spot in the final. The match started with Mary breaking but ending their run by missing the 2-Ball. Luke/Shelby started their run out but rattled and hung the 8-Ball giving Matt/Mary a 2 ball out and game 1. In game 2 Luke/Shelby were plagued by a couple of fouls early on and gave Matt/Mary the opportunity to run out and take the game (2-0). Mary dry broke in game 3. Luke missed a tough 1-Ball but Matt had to play a safety that resulted in a foul and it looked like Matt/ Mary were on their way out but it was their turn to rattle a ball so Luke/Shelby got back to the table. But they stumbled and gave Matt/Mary the table and a 4 ball out (3-0). Luke broke game 4 and once again they couldn't get out (4-0). With the finish line in sight, Matt/Mary broke and ran to leave Luke/Shelby in 2nd place

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($1300) as they claimed the title and $1900. With $1520 for 1st and $1070 for 2nd on the line, getting to the Open Scotch Doubles final was the goal of every one of the 78 teams entered. Ernie Bristow and Robin Adams (NPL) and Brent Langley and Marian Poole (LTD) both made it undefeated through their preliminary bracket. On the final bracket they met in the first round, where Ernie/Robin sent Brent/Marian to the back side. Three matches and some very tough teams later Brent and Marian were back where they wanted to be - in the final with another shot at Ernie and Robin. Brent and Marian didn't waste any time getting going. They took the final, part 1 by a score of 4-0 and the double dip was on. They clearly didn't want to give Ernie/Robin a chance to get warmed up. Game 1 went back and forth until finally Ernie left Robin hooked on the 8-ball. Her kick missed and Brent/Marian had an easy 2 ball out. The 2nd game was a quickie, with Brent making a 1-9 combo. Ernie/Robin came out hard in the next 2 games, taking advantage of some errors by Brent/Marian to level the match at 2-2. Game 5 looked like it would go to Ernie/Robin, but Ernie scratched while making the 9-ball, putting Brent/Marian on the hill. Brent combo’d the 8-9 in game 6 to close out the match and claim their hard-fought title of Champions. Next on the agenda was Singles with 8 divisions. The Men's B Singles, with 177 entries, was the largest division and got going at 9am Wednesday morning. By Friday morning there were 8 left. Among them were John Scudder (NPL) and Tim Guimares (NPL) who would eventually meet in the final. Tim, whose first loss was to John, worked his way to the final by beating Jose Velazquez (4th/$330) and Steve Soelberg (3rd/$440) and then faced off against the undefeated John in the final. The first go round was a back and forth battle with Tim coming out on top 6-5 and forcing a second race to 6. The two men again traded games until it was hill-hill. In the final game John broke and scratched giving Tim the table and an opportunity and it looked like he was going to put the match away but the 7-ball proved to be his undoing. He made the ball but the cue ball rolled long and he was hooked on the 8-ball. John took advantage, put the match away leaving Tim in 2nd place ($580) and walked off with the title and $775. With 103 entrants, the Men's A Singles division got underway at noon on Wednesday. Jeremy Harvey (LTD) made it to the final undefeated. Dennis Young (PCGP) took the long way to the final by losing his first match. 11 matches later, he was in the final on Friday morning, and an exciting final it was. Dennis won the break and took game 1. After Jeremy’s dry break in the second game, Dennis made a difficult 1-9 combo to take the game and an early 2-0 lead. Game 3 was one of those full of safeties, jumps, hooks, fouls and all-around trouble, but Dennis prevailed. Jeremy finally got on the board, taking game 4 (3-1). Dennis all but had the next two games but ended up presenting Jeremy with hung 9-ball (3-3). They split the next 4 games (5-5). Game 11 got off to a slow start, but Dennis was able to take control, get the game and was first on the hill (6-5). Jeremy excelled in game 12 and joined Dennis on the hill (6-6). Dennis met with misfortune in the final allor-nothing game when he scratched on the break. Jeremy wasn't interested in giving Dennis any further time at the table and took the opportunity to make the 1-9 combo and end the match. Dennis went home with 2nd place and $720. Jeremy happily accepted the Men’s A Champion title, $1000 in prize money and FREE entry to the 2013 BCAPL National 9-Ball Championships in Las Vegas, courtesy of Cue Sports International (CSI). There were 64 Master Men in the hunt for the coveted title of Men's Master Champion and the top prize of $1170 . Matt Horner (MID) won the point by sending Bob Olson (NPL) to the back side with hopes of a rematch in the final.

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Regional Championships Robert Niemeyer (NPL), however, had other plans and Bob finished his quest in 3rd place ($550). Robert had a much longer road to get to the final but found himself pretty much a spectator in the final as Matt "just didn't miss" as he dominated the match 8-1 and left no question as to who was the Champ this time around. With a record 106 Entries in the Women’s Open Singles taking to the tables on Wednesday, Kathy Pridgen (CWY) and Melyssa Chasteen (CPL) had their work cut out for them to make it to the finals and they did not disappoint. Both women played very well throughout Wednesday and Thursday, remaining undefeated until they met each other in the point match. Kathy defeated many worthy opponents with scores like 5-1, 5-2, 5-0; she went hill/hill with Laurie Hardie, who finished 4th. Melyssa faced equally skilled players in her quest to the point match. When Kathy and Melyssa met the first time, it was a tight fought battle that went hill/hill. Kathy came out on top, sending Melyssa to the B-side. Almost a full day later, Melyssa played Adele Evans for a chance at Kathy again and was fiercely determined, beating Adele 5-0. Friday evening at 5pm, the two ladies met again to decide who would be crowned. Kathy was on a roll and it didn’t stop; she took the final match, only allowing Melyssa 3 games. Kathy remained undefeated, winning $800, the title Women’s Open Champion, and FREE entry to the 2013 BCAPL National 9-Ball Championships in Las Vegas, courtesy of CSI. Western BCA wishes to express their thanks to CSI and BCAPL for their continued support of Northwest players. 34 Master Women took to the tables Thursday morning. By Friday evening only two remained. Both Andrena Browne (EV) and Deby Welfringer (NPL) marched through the winner's side of the WMS's bracket undefeated until they met up with each other to play for the point. Andrena won that match and sent Deby to the back side where she played Diane Krause (EV) to see who would continue on to the finals. Diane had to settle for 3rd and $325. Deby and Andrena squared off once again with the championship on the line. Deby broke the first game and scratched and it looked like Andrena would run out but she faltered on the 9-ball, giving Deby another chance and the win. Andrena took game 2. Deby controlled her break in game 3 and ran out to take a 2-1 lead. The next 2 games were back and forth affairs with Deby coming out on top of both and extending her lead to 4-1. Andrena rallied back to get the next 2 games and get herself in the match (4-3). Game 8 was a quick one with Andrena scratching on the 2-Ball and setting up a 2-9 combo for Deby to put her on the hill (5-3). Deby took game 9 with some good safety play and a nice 7 ball run to close out the match and force a 2nd. This time Andrena broke in Game 1 and worked her way to a 6-9 combo to take the game. Game 2 was almost a replay of the first game of the match with Deby breaking and fouling but this time Andrena didn't falter and ran out for the win (2-0). Deby then took control of the match and won the next 4 games (2-4) but Andrena was far from finished and took the next 3 games to get to the hill (5-4). Deby, still fighting, took game 10 and it was a race to one. Unfortunately for Deby, who would finish in 2nd place ($500), Andrena had the break and proceeded to snap the 9-Ball in for the title and $850. The Men's Senior Singles is always a pleasure to watch. These players have been around and know the game and more than a few tricks. This final did not disappoint. Greg Cantrall (NPL) went undefeated to await a challenger in the final. Vernon Joe (WWA) got a look at Mr. Cantrall on the winner side of the bracket, but was sent to the back side. It took 3 matches, but Vernon got into the final and another go at Greg early Friday afternoon. Game 1 ended with both men having a shot at banking the 9-ball and missing. Vernon closed out the game to take the early lead (1-0). It was all Greg the next three games and the lead was his for the moment (3-1). Vernon answered with a break and run in game 5 (3-2) and then evened the match with a win in game 6 (3-3). Greg showed some nice cue ball control to take game 7 and the hill (4-3). Greg took off in game 8 until he hooked himself on the 5-ball and scratched on his jump attempt. Vernon ran out and he, too, was on the hill. In what would be the last game of the match, Vernon made a ball on the break but missed the 1-ball. Greg had to play a safety, leaving Vernon a 1-5 combo. He made that but, again, could not pocket the 1-ball. Greg finally made it but hooked himself on the 3-ball and fouled kicking at it. Vernon had the game in hand until he got out of line on the 9-ball and scratched, forcing him to settle for 2nd place and $290. The 9-ball and the match would go to Greg along with a check for $430. The Grand Masters had their own singles brackets this time - 9 in each. There were some great matches

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played between our best players and the finals in each were among the best. In the Women’s bracket, Cindy Doty (NPL) played Cindy Sliva (NPL) for the point. Cindy S. went to the final; Cindy D. went to the back side to face Kim Jones (LTD) for the other spot in the final. Kim prevailed and Cindy D. ended her singles in 3rd place ($175). Kim broke dry in game 1, Cindy Sliva had to play a couple of safeties before Kim fouled and she was able to set up a 2-9 combo to take the game (1-0). Cindy dry broke in game 2 and Kim got to work but fouled on the 3-ball, giving the table and game to Cindy (2-0). Kim took control of game 3, including a pair of killer safeties, and closed out the game (2-1). Another dry break gave the table to Kim, who ran out and evened the match (2-2). But that was it for Kim, as Cindy marched through the next 4 games to get on the hill with a big lead in the match (62). Game 8 started well for Kim, who pocketed 2 balls on the break and ran 3 more before she missed the 5-ball. Cindy took over and the game and match was all but over until her shot on the 9-ball, where nerves kicked in and she missed. But Kim missed, too, and Cindy made sure she finished it for the Championship trophy and $1000. Kim graciously accepted 2nd place and a $420 prize. And last but by no means least, the Grand Master men got their chance at the tables. Many of the matches on the way to the final were superb but I think it is safe to say that the final between Stan Tourangeau (LTD) and Dan Louie (LTD) was one of the best matches ever played in Western BCA regional history. Dan won the lag but fouled on the break. Stan ran out (1-0). Stan broke in game 2 and had to kick at the 1-Ball. Dan made the 1-Ball but had to play a safety on the 2 resulting in Stan fouling. Dan ran out (1-1). Game 3 was a quick one, Dan broke and ran 3 balls before fouling giving Stan a 3-9 combo and game over (2-1). The next two games were break and runs (3-2). Stan made 2 balls on the break in game 6 but had to play safe on the 1-Ball. Dan kicked and missed. Stan ran out (4-2). Dan broke game 7, pocketing the 4-Ball but had to safety the 1-Ball and it wasn't, safe that is. Stan ran 3 balls and had a goofy shot on the 6-Ball that missed. Dan started with banking the 6-Ball to get shape on the 7 and ran out (4-3). Stan broke and had to roll out but Dan gave it back and he was only able to make a good hit on the 1-Ball. Dan ran out (4-4). Dan made 2 balls on the break in game 9 and ran to the 6 and had to play safe. Stan tried to play safe back but left Dan a shot. Dan ran out (5-4). Stan dry broke game 10. Dan pocketed the 2 -Ball on a jump but got out of line on the 3 and missed. Stan ran out (5-5). The next three games were all Dan Louie: break and run, run out after Stan's dry break and another break and run (8-5). Stan broke game 14 making 2 balls but no shape. Safeties were traded, Dan's was a little better. Stan could only make a good hit. Dan ran out (9-4). The double dip was on. Dan started where he left off by taking the first 3 games of the final part II (30). Stan got game 4, taking advantage of a rare error by Dan (3-1). Dan answered with a break and run in game 5 (4-1). The next 3 games can be summed up in 3 words: Dan ran out (7-1). Stan kicked it up a gear and ran out in game 9 after playing a couple of safeties until Dan fouled (7-2). Stan broke and ran the next game (7-3) and was crawling back into the match. Dan broke in game 11 but had to play a safe on the 2-Ball. Stan was only able to make a good hit and Dan ran out and was on the hill (8-3). Do or die time for Stan. The next 2 games weren't particularly pretty but Stan got them both (8-5). Game 14 started with Stan breaking and rolling out. Dan played a safety. Stan kicked and missed but left Dan tough. Dan then kicked the 3-Ball into the corner pocket. 3 balls later, Dan missed a bank on the 5-Ball. Stan fouled on the 5-Ball and Dan, left with a messy table, found a way to run out. Match over (9-5). Stan took home $515. Dan, who was just too much for Stan today, accepted the 1st place trophy and a check for $1200. GREAT MATCH! Friday evening can only mean one thing, Teams. There were three divisions this time, including the new Men's B/Mixed Teams. There were 51 teams in this division going all out for a 1st place prize of $1380. LTD's The Islanders (Ernie Johnson, Dexter Lewis and Ryan Skaggs) reached the finals undefeated. NPL's Malarkeys (Jose Aquino, Seth Cumby and Brad Laskowski) played The Islanders (BCA continued on page 39)

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“The“The Viper” Viper” An Interview by:

An interview with Professional Player Sylver Ochoa

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The Interview: Viper: Where were you born? Sylver: I was born in McAllen, TX – about 70 miles west of the Gulf of Mexico. Viper: Where and when did you first start playing pool? Sylver: When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I had already become a good league bowler and competed weekly at the Flamingo Bowling Alley and it wasn’t until I tore my meniscus in my knee that ended my young bowling career so that is when I started playing pool. My mom would drop me off at the bowling alley and instead of bowling I played pool on their 7-foot Valley bar table. I would put up my 50-cents to pIay and all of the kids would try and beat me, but they couldn’t. Later we started gambling for 25 cent per game and by the end of the night I would walk out with $5-$6 bucks. Onetime, one of the high school kids asked me to play for $5 per game and by the end of the night I had won over $50. Ironically, I wanted to take this particular girl out to the movies and dinner so I thought to myself what an opportunity to win some money. Viper: Well did you ask her out on that date after you won? Sylver: Yes, and she said we would be better off as friends, so instead I took my siblings out and paid for a nice dinner. VIPER: What is your biggest accomplishment in the sport of billiards? Sylver: When I was 20-years-old I played in the 2005 US Open 9-Ball Championships in Chesapeake, VA and finished 9th – 12th in the event and in the process I had beaten Fabio Petroni, Ralf Souquet, and legendary player Keith McCready. In 2007, I won the Texas open at the age of 22. Then, in 2010 at the Derby City Classic in Louisville, KY I finished 2nd in the 1-pocket event and lost my final match to the great Scott Frost hill-hill. The following week, I played in the T-Town 1-Pocket classic in Tulsa,

Oklahoma and won the championships by beating Rafael Martinez in the finals. Scott Frost finished 3rd in that event. Once in a while I will reflect on that tournament by watching its TV coverage on www. youtube.com VIPER: Did you ever play in a pool league? Sylver: No. When I was 15-years old their was a Fast Eddies that let me play underage and multiple people invited me to play on there team but they had my handicap rank so high that the interest was not there for me, plus I have always been an independent player. VIPER: Where do you draw your inspiration? Sylver: I grew up in McAllen, TX and have played everyone a 1,000 times and in more recently years I moved to Houston, TX. My inspiration comes from my family especially my mom and grandmother. When I go home to McAllen to visit, the people in town always congratulate me for my winnings - like I am some sort of celebrity and it makes my mom and grandmother proud of me. VIPER: Are you good at any other sports? Sylver: Oh yeah!! Growing up I played basketball, ran crosscountry, played poker, I guess I am just really coordinated. You just need to show me once because I am a fast learner. VIPER: Describe yourself in three words? Sylver: Tenacious, confident, and outgoing. VIPER: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about your self or your career? Sylver: I wouldn’t change a thing because of all of the good and bad experiences combined have made who I am today. VIPER: Who influenced you the most in pool? Sylver: When I was 15-years-old I played in a $350 entry fee tournament in South Padre Island and just made it into the money round. That is the first time I saw Cory Deuel in person – he had just won the US Open and it seamed like he was winning everything that year! Just recently, I told him about me looking up to him as a kid and he giggled at me. (Viper continued page 33)

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TIME TO GO FIRST CLASS During the week of the US Open we are reminded about the general lack of growth from our players. There is no class in claiming to be victimized by bad rolls. When you cry about your opponents good rolls you don’t understand the nature of competition. You don’t belong in a game like pocket billiards. Unfortunately, the majority cry when they get bad luck. It is almost comical to see an opponent in the chair throw up his arms, shake his head and roll his eyes when a player makes a lucky shot. This does not represent the sport at all. It is time our players grow up. Great things happen during the match when you play twenty three games. You take that away when you claim to be victimized by a bad roll. You will show more class and dignity if you say, “I played a good match today and my opponent played just a little better than me.” We all know that a missed shot is almost always missed position. So you should expect the cue ball to be in a bad place when your opponent misses a shot. Don’t cry about being hooked. Would you rather come to the table for a kick shot or come to the table with the rack in your hand? Now is the time for our players to man up. I coached a female player who made the finals in a big tournament. Tied hill hill her opponent missed the eight ball, it went three rails and knocked the nine ball. My student jumped up with a big smile on her face and said, “wow, how happy are you?” She ran over and hugged the girl. When an opponent gets a good break it is nothing personal. This girl is a champion. Unfortunately for pool, she became a doctor. It takes a mature player to be happy about the good fortune of an opponent. I worked with a student in Denver and she went two and out in a tournament. After the match she was graceful and charming. She smiled, congratulated her opponent. She even talked about the good shots. I was proud of her. Then it was time for us to drive across the mountains to Aspen. This was the first time I saw her compete and I was impressed by her grace and good sportsmanship. But when we started up the mountain she began to cry and go into a tantrum. She wailed and moaned her loss. With tears in her eyes we swerved all over the road. I got a good look at the river 1000 feet below the highway a few times. Then she said, “I can’t beat anybody. The only person I can beat is you”. Between the 1000 foot visual and the lane changing I was not in a good mood so I said, “Not so my friend. When we get to Frisco over the hill, pull in and we will find out who you cannot beat”. There is a little

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pool hall in that town so, with cue in hand, we went in. She told me the match was for dinner and she would be ordering desert. She played very well. Was extremely competitive, made great shots, kicked in a ball off my safety and was able to order desert and an appetizer on my dime. Play this game with class. If you are a world class player you deserve respect and admiration. Stand up and take your loses with a gentleman’s spirit. Leave a lasting impression on your audience with your first class approach to this time honored game. Some players show their classless ways by bragging. It gets a bit much when a high school dropout talks about how he annihilated, crushed, ruined, destroyed his opponent. Those verbs do not belong in this sport, a game that originated in gentlemen’s clubs. Cry babies and braggers will not build a fan base therefore they do nothing for the sport. I played a match many years ago in PA. The matched was alternate break 8 ball championship. I ran my four racks and he ran his four racks. It was hill hill and when I broke, the cue ball went off the table. My opponent took ball and hand and set up for a shot down table. I wanted to let him shoot and call foul but I could not do that. I reminded him that he needed to start in the kitchen. He ran the table and I lost. Fifteen years later a guy told me about that game and what a fine sport I was. You make a lasting impression when you can play this game as a gentleman. No one would have remembered that game if I won. Twenty years ago Mike Massey called a foul on himself. I never forgot that. Go to the finals in first class. Winning, real winning is for the man with class and dignity. Darren Appleton, upon losing remarked that he played very well but his opponent played just a little better. He went on to say he wished him good luck the rest of the way. Mr Appleton did not cry about bad rolls, or lucky breaks. When we have gentlemen playing this game we will build a large fan base and this sport will thrive. For the past twenty years we have been held back by classless players who do nothing but bully their way to wins and drive good players away. They are miserable people to play and miserable people to be around. Time to man up boys. See if you can go through an entire tournament without making excuses.

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To u rn a m e n t Ready I’m writing this column from Virginia Beach, the site of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship. I entered the event and played about as expected for a nonpro, finishing 1-2. If you start to play in tournaments, here are some suggestions on how to maximize your performance. Plan your trip early. If you’re going to stay overnight early reservations are a must if you want to save money. Book flights at least a month in advance. This early action will also commit you to compete. For longer trips, consider arriving a day or two early to get used to the time zone and tournament situation. With a little extra time you have a chance to be a tourist and see local attractions. In the case of the Open, there are many things to visit within an hour’s drive. Work on three problem areas prior to travel. I’m not asking you to perfect your game – just improve three aspects of your game before you leave. Maybe that’s your break or thin cuts. I worked on my pre-shot routine. Spend at least half your table time just before the event on your weak points. Practice under tournament conditions. If the event will have new cloth and balls try to find the same. If that’s not possible, make sure the table is clean and the balls polished during your practice. Many players new to tournaments don’t know how to cope with new-cloth conditions. You can get a little feel for it by waxing or using a little silicone spray on the cue ball. Know the rules. The sad state of pool in the U.S. is that even in major tournaments the rules are variable. Sometimes the main points will be covered in the tournament announcement. Can you use a jump stick or phenolic tips? What are the rules for the break shot? At the Open, if you concede a nine ball, you lose that game (of course) but you lose one point off your score as well. What are the shot-clock rules? Attend the players’ meeting. You may discover that the rules have changed from the tournament announcement. This is your best chance to get an explanation about any rule you are not clear on. You will also find out about things like the late-start penalty and where/when match times will be posted. Sometimes rules are voted on and decided at the meeting. Get enough rest. At some tournaments there is a temptation to stay up for the after-hours action. Make sure you are ready for each of your own matches. It’s

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best to stay on a schedule, and going to bed at 5AM doesn’t go well with a 10AM match. Watch your diet. If you don’t have a Teflon-lined stomach, the $5 all-you-can-stand buffet is not your best choice. No big meals just before a match. Some players like the control of fixing meals in their rooms. Practice on the tournament tables if you can. Often big tournaments allow practice time before the event starts, which is another reason to arrive early. Morning and between-match practice are also common. This is especially important if you are playing on equipment strange to you. Be a little early for your match. If you have only one break (as mentioned at the players’ meeting), visit the restroom ahead of time. Some tournaments allow no grace period so if you aren’t in your chair when your match is announced, you lose one game. Keep your shots simple. Until you are comfortable with the equipment avoid fancy spin shots and such. You may have to settle for longer shots on average especially until you get a feel for the speed of cloth. Players who frequently play in tournaments have an advantage in early rounds because they are used to varying conditions. Go with the flow. At any tournament there are lots of things you could get upset about: some special treatment for a top player, last minute changes in the payouts, horrible match delays from slow play, bad tables or balls. There is rarely anything you can do about these things, so just ignore them. Get to your match on time and ready to do your best under the conditions. Watch and listen. One of the biggest advantages of going to a major event is the knowledge you can pick up just by standing around and watching between matches or in the vendors’ area. I’ve learned two new shots so far at the Open. If you see me at a tournament, ask me to show them to you. Note what you learned. After the tournament, remember what you had trouble with so you will know what you need to work on before the next event. One big help for this is a shot notebook where you can draw up table situations. There are several commercial products or just use small spiral-bound notebook. Besides the shots, note if any of the above points were problem areas.


Ga Young Kim “Champion of Champions” “I feel like I just won an Olympic Gold Medal,” said an elated Ga Young Kim moments after capturing the 2012 Mohegan Sun International Tournament of Champions title for an astounding third year in a row and was crowned the Women’s “Champion of Champions.” The two semifinals and the Championship match were taped for broadcast by ESPN beginning December 23. “We may look cool out there, but the pressure is overwhelming,” said Kim “You have to play your heart out when every player is champions. One or two errors and you lose $20,000! Your emotions are just wild during the entire tournament.” Nonetheless, of the four international champions in the event, Kim proved to be an irresistible force on her way to the title. She defeated Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, the Masters 9-Ball Champion, in the semifinal round 4-1 and 4-2. The semi and final matches required 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 other semifinal also brought cheers from the crowd. Allison Fisher and Karen Corr, both BCA Hall of Fame members, battled back and forth in a match that ultimately went into sudden death. Corr took the first set by a score of 4-2 and Fisher rallied back to capture the second set 4-3. In sudden death, Fisher was on her way to victory when she failed to pocket the five ball and Corr then quickly cleaned the table for the win. Kim’s final match against Corr was neck-and-neck, featuring precise run outs and fierce safety play. Kim looked unbeatable as she easily claimed the first set by 4-2. But Corr then rocketed back in the second set with a drubbing score of 4-0. Known for her uncanny shotmaking, Kim won the lag for the one game sudden death, and following an exchange of safeties, she ran the table.

The crowd gave Kim a standing ovation when he won the final match. She raised her cue in victory and then accepted the highest single purse in Women’s international winner-takeall tournaments. The trophy and the check were presented by Mohegan Sun and Diamond Billiard Tables. The 2012 event was the 15th annual International Tournament of Champions. Tom Cantone, Vice President Sports & Entertainment for Mohegan Sun, was delighted with the brilliant play and packed house of pool fans. “The crowds appreciate watching champions go head-tohead,” he said, “and the players were a credit to the sport.”

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Appleton Wins 2012 Champion of Champions “This is the toughest tournament in the world,” said an elated Darren Appleton moments after capturing the 2012 International Challenge of Champions title. The pressure packed $25,000 winner-take-all event was held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, October 23. Appleton, from England, defeated Shane Van Boening of the USA by a thumping score of 5-1 and 5-1 in the final match, and was crowned “Champion of Champions” for an incredible second year in a row. The two semifinals and the Championship match were taped by ESPN for telecast beginning December 9. “You have to be on your game the entire tournament,” said Appleton. “There’s no margin for error when every player is a champion. One shot missed and you can lose $25,000! The pressure is just incredible.” Indeed, of the four international champions in the event, Appleton had to fight to defend his title as the reigning “Champion of Champions.” The Semifinal and Final

matches require the winner to win two sets, race to 5 games each set. In the event of a tie, the pressure becomes intense with a one game sudden death shootout. Appleton’s final match against Van Boening, featured flawless run outs and exquisite safety play on Appleton’s part. Van Boening was unable to get out on his break four times in the two sets, which left him trailing far behind in a lopsided contest. Known for his pinpoint accuracy, Appleton handily won the Championship match in unstoppable form with scores of 5-1 and 5-1. The crowd gave Appleton a standing ovation when he won the final match. He raised his arms in victory and then accepted the highest single purse in international winner-take-all tournaments. The trophy and the check were presented by Mohegan Sun and Diamond Billiard Tables. The presentation brought another round of cheers from the audience. The 2012 event was the 22nd annual International Challenge of Champions and the sixteenth to be held at Mohegan Sun. Tom Cantone, Vice President Sports & Entertainment for Mohegan Sun, was delighted with the support displayed by the turnout of pool fans. “The crowds were even more than we anticipated, and the players were amazing,” he said. “We are extremely pleased.”

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Behind the Rock Tour BTRT

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has been running the 220 division (10ball on the 9 foot tables) for the past 3 years and is now opening the 198 division with the youth division and other special events like scotch doubles and banks. The 198 division means players will play on 7 foot or 8 foot tables. It’s your choice of which size table you’d like to play on and you’ll be playing 9 ball vs. the Ghost. No worries about table being different sizes or harder than another room because the handicapping system will absorb this difference. The 220 division will remain on the 9 foot tables playing 220 (10 ball vs. the ghost). The 198 division will be playing a modified version of 9-ball verses the Ghost. We will have three divisions for three different skill levels as well as using a true 90% handicapping system like what is used in golf or bowling. This means the player that brings their “A” any given week has the chance to win any weekly event. Players play from their favorite local certified location, but compete with all the other locations weekly. BTRT plays 1/3 of the field in each division EACH WEEK. The 198 division is a $6/match entry fee and the 220 division entry is $10/match. Players can play one match a week or 10 matches a week just as long as you pay an entry fee with each match. These divisions run independently from one another which means you can play in two different type of events in the same week with two different purses. Understand this is not a champion’s tour. If you’re a less skilled player and you don’t run tables that’s okay. We have the intermediate division just for you. If you can pocket 0-4 balls per game then you qualify for this division. If you’re a little more skilled then we have the Open division and then the Advanced division. If you love to play pool and want to explore your game this is the format to do just that and earn some money along the way.

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launches their first Single 9 Ball handicap league Diablo Valley Pool leagues experimented with a new format this past season, and launched their first Single 9 Ball handicap league. DVPL received many request to run a singles league so that individuals can showcase their talent. Well their wishes were granted. The league started in January 15 and met every other Sunday at Cue and Brew pool hall, located in Martinez, Ca. The league followed the standard BCA 9 Ball rules, included the 3 foul rule, alternating breaks and push outs. Eighteen players joined in for 20 weeks. Due to the diversity of levels of play and the fact that men and women were allowed to compete against each other, special attention was paid to the way the handicaps were established. Most of the participants are current players from the women’s league, scotch and/or the Open-mix leagues. At the end the averages from the open-mix league were the ones utilized and assign players to A, B & C categories. A-raced to 7 (players with 9.00 and up average) B-raced to 5 (players with 7.50 to 8.99 average) C-raced to 4 (players with 7.49 and below average)

Gary Melanson and Cony Mendoza

The handicap allowed players who were not as skilled or as experienced as others to feel as they had a chance to compete against those who were veterans of the big table game. The league successfully came to an end in October 14. As most DVPL leagues competition was fierce. Ron Yu claimed the title after winning 14 out of 17 matches and winning a total of 79 games. John Zapata was right behind Ron also winning 14 out of 17 matches, with the deciding factor of most games won. Ron won a total of 79 games where as John won 78. This was a race where one ball definitely made a difference. Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants of this first year of Single 9 Ball. 1ST $480 Ron Yu DVPL has a tradition of reserving money for the end of the session tournament. For this tournament the amount was $200. 11 players joined in and also contributed $10 for a total pot of $300. Gary Melanson and Cony Mendoza took advantage of handicap and won their matches to end up facing each other for the tourney pot. Cony $150, Gary $90, Leslie $30, Ronaldo $30

3RD $315 Joe Hanink

Total Payout: $3,690 4th VJ Modelo $265 Most Break and runs $100 5th Jeff Huston $220 6th Leslie Bernardi $210 7th Rolando Arellano $205 14th Tammy Moreda $140 8th Joe Balading $190 15th Kristin Eisen $130 9th Shawn Modelo $185

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16th 10th 17th 11th 18th 12th 13th

BJ Johnson Sally Harvey Gary Melanson Eugene Manalang Teresa Teague Cony Mendoza Bob Connolly

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$120 $175 $110 $165 $105 $155 $150

2ND $370 John Zapata

Most 9-Ball Breaks Winner $100


NORTHWEST WOMEN’ S POOL ASSOCI A TI O N Kim Jones NORTHWEST WOMEN’S POOL ASSOCIATION Wins at Stixx & Stones, Earns Paid Entry to WPBA Masters

Article and photos by Suzanne Smith

On September 22-23rd, Stixx & Stones hosted the NWPA’s 6th Tour Stop of 2012. Located in Bremerton, WA, Stixx & Stones has eleven 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crowns and three 8-foot Valley tables. Newly renovated, the room now offers a menu of food and liquor to go along with the actionfilled atmosphere. Tournaments offered include Friday night 8-ball on the small tables and Sunday night 9-ball on the big tables. We would like to thank Stixx & Stones for their support of the NWPA. This is the second tournament that they have hosted since 2010, and we are hoping to play more stops there in the future. Stixx & Stones, in addition to adding $500 to the main event, also contributed an additional $500 for a paid entry to the WPBA Masters at Soaring Eagle Casino in Michigan, February 2013. We would also like to thank our title sponsor Mueller for their support. Please continue to show your support of the NWPA by going to Mueller’s website at www.mueller.com. Mention the NWPA during your order and receive a discount on all Mueller merchandise. Raffle tickets are still available for the Year End Event that will be hosted at The Parlor in Bellevue, WA on October 20-21, two for $5/five for $10, need not be present to win. A multitude of items are included with this raffle, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet make sure to contact your favorite NWPA lady to get some today. Rail2Rail Productions provided a free Live Stream for the entire event. Billiards 911 Trivia Challenge winner, Amber Witgen, won a jump cue donated by Billiards 911 (www.billiards911.com). Rail2Rail’s next live streaming will be the Western BCA Regional 9 Ball Championships from Lincoln City, OR October 9-14th, and will include Scotch Doubles, Singles, and Team Events broadcasted all day, every day throughout the week. Twenty-three ladies came out for the main event that Kim Jones was played on eight of the 9 foot Brunswicks. After a long day of fierce competition on Saturday, 6 ladies returned on Sunday. On the A side: Shelby Locati and Kim Jones squared off for the A side final. Kim defeated Shelby 7-3 to take the hot seat. On the B side: Jana Montour vs. Cindy Sliva and Kimberly Kirk vs. Deby Welfringer. Jana and Kimberly defeated their opponents 7-3 and 7-5 respectively, leaving Cindy and Deby

with a 5/6th place finish. Jana then defeated Kimberly 7-5 to advance to B side final. Shelby was too hot to handle and defeated Jana 7-1 to earn a spot in the first NWPA final of her career. THE FINAL: Kim Jones vs. Shelby Locati, Race to 9, Shelby Locati Alternating Break Kim’s path to the final: Tamre R (2), Sandy B (1), Mary H (0), Kimberly K (5), Shelby L (3) Shelby’s path to the final: Bye, Trinh Lu (2), Deby W (4), Cindy S (5), loss to Kim J (3), Jana M (1) Kim won the lag. Straight from the start both players were shooting well. Shelby started out strong and took a 2-0 lead, but Kim rallied back to tie the set at 2. The ladies exchanged racks to 4 games apiece, and from there a couple of untimely misses by Shelby and strong run out play by Kim resulted in a definite shift in momentum. Kim completed her bid for victory, winning the last 5 racks with runouts from the 4, 7, 8, 7, and 6. Congratulations ladies for an amazing performance. Our next stop will be the Year End Event at The Parlor in Bellevue, WA on October 20-21st. Our annual banquet and raffle will be held that Saturday night, so come on out to play or support your favorite lady. Prizes include 3 cues donated by our title sponsor Mueller, several autographed photos from the pros, lessons with some of our region’s top players, Hustlin apparel, and who could forget the Passion Party basket that all the ladies covet… See you soon! Seven ladies returned on Sunday for the $100 added Second Chance tournament. After the round robin was completed (4 game sets), there was a tie for first at 16 games with Shari Ross and Suzanne Smith. Since they tied during their match, a best out of 3 playoff was necessary to determine the winner. Suzanne defeated Shari 2-1 to win top prize. There was also a tie for 3/4th place between Alisha and Tamre Rogers (13 games). Alisha took 3rd place prize since she defeated Tamre 3-1 during their set. Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th 7/8th

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SECOND CHANCE RESULTS Player Suzanne Smith Shari Ross Alisha Rogers Tamre Rogers

MAIN EVENT RESULTS Player Kim Jones + WPBA Spot Shelby Locati Jana Montour Kimberly Kirk Deby Welfringer/Cindy Sliva Liz Cole/Mary Hopkin

Payout 70 50 30 20

Payout $400 $275 $185 $135 $100 $75

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JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE

NAME: Aryanna Nicole Davis DATE: Oct. 23, 2012 HOME TOWN: Aurora, CO BIRTH DATE: 4/17/01 NICKNAME: Hemi SCHOOL YOU CURRENTLY ATTEND: Vista Peak Exploratory GRADE: 6th FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 9 TITLES/HIGH FINISHES: 17th Place in 2012 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, 2nd in BEF 11&Under Juniors Fundraiser Tournament WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? 5280 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED: right FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Carrie Underwood/country HOBBIES: art, playing pool, spending time with family and friends, volleyball, loves office supplies MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Winning 2nd place at the BEF tourney at Felt and winning the raffle for the new cue FAVORITE FOOD: Spaghetti REAL-WORLD HERO: Mom and Dad FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Trip to Wisconsin for the Junior National 9-Ball Championships GOALS (PERSONAL AND/OR CAREER): To be the best pool player ever, go to college and get good grades

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PLAYING IT STRAIGHT AT THE BROKEN RACK Riley Pitchford, a player that loves the history, the mechanics and the strategy of billiards, has been after The Broken Rack for years to organize a straight pool tournament like one held long ago at the original Chalkers’ Emeryville. This year he finally wore us down and we’re glad he did. The format was a single round robin with players ranked at the end by matches won and a separate prize for high run. The race was to 150 and no handicap was involved. Players entered on Sunday, July 15, played at least one match that day and had until October 1 to complete the rest of their matches, on a schedule of mutually agreed appointments with other players. The entry fee was $25 and after the first day, players paid a $5 greens fee for each match. The Rack added $200 and one of our regulars, who didn’t enter, generously added another $100 simply because he enjoyed watching the matches. Eighteen players entered. Over the course of the tournament 4 players withdrew for various reasons. The matches they played before having to withdraw were eliminated from the results, meaning that the final number Michael Suhr tied for first place Melvin Mackay, high run, broken rack of matches played for the record by each of the players straight pool tourney completing the tournament was 13. The field was varied, ranging from players who knew the game well, like The Break’s own the matches. “I really enjoyed myself,” said one league player, “and my columnist Bob Jewett, to those playing straight pool for the first time. As [8-ball] game improved too.” We definitely plan to hold another straight the end of September drew near, four players had just one loss each: Tom pool tournament early in the new year, perhaps with a slightly different Butler, who had lost to Mike Suhr (125-150), Bob Jewett, who had lost to format. Watch for news on our website, www.thebrokenrack.com, or like Tom Butler (132-150), Melvin Mackay, who had lost to Bob Jewett (112- us on facebook to keep alerted to upcoming tournament news. 150), and Mike Suhr, who had lost to Bob Jewett (59-150). Then Daoud Salman, a young up and coming player, threw a monkey wrench into all GREEN DIVISION ORANGE DIVISION PRIZE MONEY Str8 Shooters Big Win Travelers $1,140 the speculation by upsetting Bob Jewett (150-138). “It was the match Those Guys New Kids $ 840 of my life,” said Daoud afterwards, “I only wish I had a recording of it.” Get Ugly Balls Out $ 720 (Sorry Daoud, you’ll have to settle for having it in black and white in The Lite Weights B.R.A.T.S $630 Break.) Prime Time Snipers 3 $ 570 Tom and Melvin and Melvin and Mike had been circling around each other putting off their face offs to the end of the tournament and Mike had not played Daoud Salman yet either. Melvin Mackay lost his matches Top shooters in each division are also awarded prizes: $100 for first, $75 for to Tom Butler and Mike Suhr (97-150 and 71-150). In one of the last and second and $50 for third. Winners were determined first by average points per game to the nearest tenth of a percent, second by most games played and third by most tightest matches played, Mike defeated Daoud (150-141) leaving Tom games won. Top shooters were: and Mike the only two players with 12 wins and a single loss. The players, gentlemen both, agreed to call it a tie and split first and second prize ORANGE DIVISION money ($250 each). Bob Jewett, who ended with 11 wins and 2 losses, Player Average Games Played Games Won won $100 for third place and Daoud Salman, with 10 wins and 3 losses, 1 Will Nowicki 10.1 42 34 got $50 for 4th place. 2 Brian Um 10.0 51 41 In the race for high run Tom Butler set the bar in his very first match 3 Rich Yoder 9.5 39 27 with a run of 41. Bob Jewett topped that twice—first with 42, then with a run of 50. But it was Melvin Mackay that topped everyone with a run GREEN DIVISION of 55, getting the $100 prize and some consolation for being tied with the Player Average Games Played Games Won leaders in matches won for most of the tournament. 1 Jason Jew 9.6 54 41 We had tons of positive comments about our straight pool 2 Brian Pacquing 9.3 54 38 tournament, both from the players and from others who enjoyed watching 3 Riley Pitchford 9.3 48 34

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Dennis Orcollo

Shane Van Boening

2012 U.S. Open STATEMENT ABOUT U.S. OPEN PRIZE FUND

By Barry Behrman - 2012-10-31

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It is with regret that I have to announce that due to a lack of seating (that I admit I did not properly envision) that I am having to delay the prize payments to my top 6 finishers at the U.S. Open. Shannon and I had many extra expenses this year such as building the wooden risers for the seats, and that along with the large storm that forced many to leave the event early and many more not to come at all for the final three days caused a major problem with our receivables. We were unable to provide proper seating for many fans and this caused us to come up between $20-30,000 short of our projections in the $10 all day and $10 all night ticket category alone. This was a major source of the shortfall. Another source is my insistence on adding the full $60,000 that I promised to add prior to having the difficulties explained above. We expect all debts to be covered within the next two weeks. We still have sufficient revenues coming in from the event and will pay the money out as quickly as it comes in. Finally, we hear you and agree with you. Next year we will be in one big room for the whole tournament again. It just works better for everyone and we have learned from our mistakes. -from: AZBilliards.com


Open

notebook 2012 U.S. Open

Article and photos by Bob Jewett

The U.S. Open Nine Ball Championship is one of the must-see pool events. The first one was in 1976 and it has been held in the fall each year since. This year’s event was the 37th edition. It was seven days of great matches. Festivities started on Friday night before the tournament with an exhibition match of 10 ball between Efren Reyes and Darren Appleton. The question was whether Efren could still play with champions. In the first part of the match there was some doubt as Reyes made several mistakes and Appleton took full advantage going out to an 8-3 lead. But Efren found his footing and charged during the middle of the match to close within two games at 9-7. The rest of the match went Appleton’s way with a final result of 15-11. The tournament began with the players’ meeting on Saturday evening, held in the newly-constructed Accu-Stats TV arena. A major point was the requirement for the break shot. At least 3 balls had to be either pocketed or driven above the side pockets. This was intended to avoid soft breaks. Also, the break had to be done “from the box” which means that the cue ball must be within about a foot from the head spot – no breaking from the side rail. Play started on Sunday on 16 Diamond tables with Simonis 860 cloth and Aramith Pro balls. It was rack-your-own with Delta-13 racks. The races to 11 were scheduled to start every two hours and few matches went over. To keep on schedule, any match that had scored a total of fewer than 10 games at the one-hour point were put on the 30-second shot clock. A team from AZ Billiards provided live scoring. Jerry Forsyth and Mike Howerton circulated among the four tournament rooms entering the scores into notebook computers to update the on-line scores. Vendors offered all your pool-related needs from tables to shirts to cues to instructional books and DVDs. One of the best matches was a Thursday rematch of Reyes-Appleton but this time at nine ball on the TV table. The first rack started slow until Efren made a mistake on the 4 ball and Darren ran out. Efren came back and when ahead by 4-2 he played a delicate position shot with the 7 and 9 near the spot. The cue ball looked like to was going to freeze to the 9 and leave no shot but just as it was coming to a stop it hit the edge of the spot and took a left turn to leave a shot on the 7. Efren likes to say, “I got lucky” and that time he did as he made a tough cut on the 7 and got out. Darren came back to even the match at 6-6 and again at 9-9. Efren took the next but Darren again evened the score at 10-10 – everyone on the hill. The final rack started slowly with Appleton missing the 1 ball on a complicated position shot. Efren hooked himself on the 2 and had to play safe and nearly scratched. Appleton safed and Efren had the first shot on the 2 but ran into a ball and safed himself again on the 4 and had to play a safe leaving the ball visible but not makeable. Darren played to leave the cue ball and 4 on opposite sides of the 9 and did that but not quite as he wanted and left both balls close to the 9 and near

the foot spot. Efren kicked off the side cushion to hit the four and take the cue ball up-table for the safe, and he did that perfectly. To almost everyone’s amazement, the four ball went three cushions by the foot rail and came back to hit the nine, which went slowly, slowly towards the side pocket and just barely made it over the brink! Efren wins hill-hill. In the meantime Shane Van Boening continued his march to the finals. Over the past few years he has been by far the best U.S. player and arguable the best player in the world. In the finals on the winner’s side of the double-elimination bracket, he dominated Alex Pagulayan 11-5. Alex is a very talented and exciting player to watch and among other titles is the present snooker champion of Canada. A major factor in the match was the strength of Shane’s break shot. In recent years the break at nine ball has become controversial if not problematic. With a tight rack and a break from the side rail, the wing ball (next to the nine on the side of the break) has become nearly automatic with a fairly soft stroke. The added rules – breaking from the box and the requirement of three balls required to go up-table – are intended to remove that automatic ball. Shane seems to have solved the break for the new conditions. In the match against Alex, breaking from the box and breaking hard, he made the wing ball every time. Couple that with the fact that he rarely misses and he is very hard to beat. No other player had the break under control to the same extent as Van Boening, although Warren Kiamco had fairly good results but with a much softer “cut break”. In that shot, the cue ball strikes the one ball in the same place as for a side-rail break. The softer speed runs the risk of violating the 3-ball rule, but Kiamco was getting a good spread with softish speed. The finals of the one-loss side was between Alex Pagulayan and Dennis Orcollo. The match was tied at 6 all, but Alex scratched in game 13 and Dennis took control with 3 break-and-runs for an 11-7 win. The finals between Orcollo and Van Boening were a single match to 13 with a small wrinkle – “win by 2 with a max of 15” was in effect. The wrinkle turned out to be irrelevant. The match started out with some back-and-forth play and was tied at 2-2. At that point Shane hit a gear few can match and won 7 straight to go to 9-2. On the next break, Shane scratched and Dennis made a nice run-out, but broke dry. Shane hooked himself and got a hit, but Dennis ran out followed by three break-and-runs, to take the score to 9-7 in favor of Van Boening. In rack 17, Orcollo made two on the break and ended up with a jump shot that he missed. That was pretty much the end of the match as Shane ran to 12-7 then gave up one shot in the final rack that Dennis could not turn into a win. Once again Shane’s amazing break was a large factor. He broke 13 times and made the wing ball 13 times. He also scratched one time and made additional balls on at least 7 breaks. He was clearly the dominant player in this year’s Open. If you can attend next year’s Open I hope to see you there. It will be a week of the greatest players playing great pool. (Results on page 26)

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Lucky The Town Fair continued

….we were late or Lucky was late getting to the fair. We

got in the car raced on down to the town. We talked a lot that night about players Lucky had played and who was the best in his opinion. “I know you told me that Jimmy Caras was the best pool player you ever played, who are others who you thought were really good” Lucky said “ I have played most all of them except Harold Worst”. He was good! I saw Harold Worst play at Johnston City. He was a Billiard player trying to convert to pocket billiard player. I wanted to play him in his prime. He was beating every living human at that time. Rumor had it at the time he was dying of cancer with only months to live. He won the all around at Johnston City when just learning to play pocket billiards. A lot of top players of the era like Luther Lassiter wouldn’t play him he was that good. In fact that tournament was called the World Hustler’s Tournament. The people in Johnston City would bet on themselves, that was the big thing. There was so much knowledge -- the gambling, the making of games, I was there because I could make a few bucks . I didn’t play the tournament and did make a few bucks off of a couple of backers, and Richard Cook who brought a bunch of cues to sell. I stayed low key. They played in some tournament and Wimpy beat Worst. He got real lucky to beat him. So after the match was over Worst says, ‘I’ll see you in the back room, Mr. Lassiter for $200 a game, nine-ball.’ Anyway, everybody flocked to the back room because they wanted to see that game -- Worst against Wimpy, $200– Worst heard Wippy wouldn’t show up so no match happened. He

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might have been the best player I played ever even over Caras if I had a chance to play him. if he had lived longer. You may never have heard of these players Don Watson At one time he was considered by many as the best 9 ball player. Many people said Watching him play position was a clinic, smoothly artistic.. Larry Johnson (Boston Shorty) another great player who beat most of the players he played too. People were waiting to play Lucky at a chance play him. Lucky went over to the mayor of the town they had a private conversation, then he came back said all set ready to go…not sure what he really meant. Over on the side were the two hustlers who wanted to bet high, but they had to wait. Lucky continued to play people at 5 to 1 odd. Yesterday people would bet up to $50. Today it was supposed to be a no ceiling on a bet. He was entertaining the crowd with each game played. Each game played was a performance not so much on the pool table. He grabbed a harmonica out of his shirt pocket and played ol’ Susanna. Next game he danced an Irish jig. He was juggling pool balls. Sang and told jokes. He even did a magic trick where he pulled a dove from his baseball cap. He was truly a Vaudeville type act amusing the assembly. He won some games and lost some games. Still the town was making money. He would look at the Mayor once in a while. The eye contact seemed like he was checking in to see if the town was making money or not. The fair was winding down on this the last day. Many had handfuls of stuff from the booths. It was a bunch of fun. A few Fair goers got

their chance to win some money playing Lucky. Some were leaving for home. Lucky started to look at the two guys, here to take all the towns money by playing those huge odds. I felt Lucky had these two eating out of the palm of his hand. They waited for a long time… They walked up…. Howdy you guys still want to play. What your names? ‘I am Vincent Lauria my friend is Grady Seasons”. Lucky said I think I heard of you guys before. are you guys some type of famous pool players or are you just shufflers? .. “what your name old man “? Lucky said “Scarecrow”, then started signing, while walking to his pool cue. “I could while away the hours, Conferrin’ with the flowers, Consultin’ with the rain. And my head I’d be scratchin’ While my thoughts were busy hatchin’ If I only had a brain. I’d unravel every riddle For any individ’le In trouble or in pain. With the thoughts you’ll be thinkin’ You could be another Lincoln. If you only had a brain.” Where did that come from? I thought…. Sounded like Lucky was being ingeniously sarcastic. Easy to figured it out, Lucky was being friendly to these two guys and who came up with fictitious names, kind of an affront, So Lucky said what he did. The fictitious names? what could they be hiding. They were no-buddies. I didn’t recognize them at all. There are a lot of new players out there these day it is easy to miss a good player or two. Lucky… excuse me, I mean “Scarecrow” was in a jovial mood. The two guys started to open up their pool cases getting ready to play. “Old man 5 to 1 on the money still the odds” Y-up! Now how much do

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you boys want to play for? Hold your horses old man don’t worry we have money. I wasn’t pressing you just asking!! The lights flickered the wind was howling outside. Lucky didn’t beat around the bush, what do you mystery guys want to play for give me a clue. $200 a game. Lucky choked on his Fuji mineral water, what! $200 a game!, what did you guys say, you had money!….. “Don’t insult me Please!” Lucky was getting testy. The guys were apologetic> they both new if they gave lucky a bad time he wouldn’t play, and Lucky new it, that’s why I said he had them eating out of his hand. The lights flickered again and the jute box music skipped. Lucky said Ok $200 a game 8 ball, They flipped the coin, The guy called Grady Seasons (ha ha) won the break. He made a few striped balls and didn’t get out. Lucky finished solids first rack done, $200 bucks given to the town Treasurer sitting quietly off to the side of the pool table. Lucky won the next 4 games $1000 ahead. Lucky broke made nothing then the guy called Grady Season ran out. The treasurer paid off the $1000. 5 to1 odds was going to be tougher then I would have thought for Lucky. The start all over Lucky wins 5 games up again $1000 and made nothing on the break and Grady ran out. The lights flickered again. People turning heads up to the ceiling in wonder. You know these guys had a plan to win all the money the town collected during the fair. Grady said “is it time to raise the bet”. $500 a game, Lucky said I’ll tell you what I am going to do. Race to 3 for a Lucky continued page 25


PartyPoker.com - Mosconi Cup latest news Wiley gets the nod as USA captain FOLLOWING A 16 year absence from the event, winning 1996 Mosconi Cup player/captain CJ Wiley returns to London this December as skipper of the American team at PartyPoker.com Mosconi Cup. The 47 year-old Wiley from Texas was in charge of the side in London in 1996 and had the honour of potting the winning 9 ball in a 15-13 victory. After a highly decorated spell at the top, including winning the ESPN World Championship, Wiley wound down his career in the 2000’s, choosing to focus on a successful business career. He’s now back and will be facing one of the toughest challenges of his career as he attempts to rally his side and try and turn their recent Mosconi Cup fortunes around. “It's an honor to be chosen to represent the USA Team as Captain in 2012,” said Wiley. “I have been honored with the ‘Player of the Year’ award and won major championships; however being chosen to represent my country and its best players in the Mosconi Cup is something I value as an even greater personal accomplishment. “I know that the European Team has dominated us over the past 6 years and I know it's going to be especially challenging to go into York Hall in front of a highly enthusiastic home crowd and win the Mosconi Cup. “This year however, is going to be different. The USA team will be young, ambitious and hungry for this victory. I, as captain will make sure they are all on top of their games both mentally and physically. “This is more than just a pocket billiards match, this is for patriotic pride. This is for the right to say WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS and take the Mosconi Cup back to America, where it belongs,” added an ebullient Wiley. The PartyPoker.com Mosconi Cup takes place from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th December at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Tickets are available exclusively from www.seetickets.com

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thousand at 10 to 1 odds, They said sure but Vincent is going to play. Lucky kind of shook his head and said well OK. They were putting their ace in to win the money. That was their plan. The County Sherriff came in and said that the news report say there is a big storm was coming our way…… Lucky won the 1st set 3 to 1. This player had a big back roll in his pocket you could see as he peeled off a grand to give to the guy sitting in the chair. The wind was howling more and more just like when I was in that tornado on my way to see Lucky. Lucky broke and ran 3 games to win

another set. Another $1000 peeled off the wad. Next set Lucky broke made like 5 stripes all easy remaining balls. He ran out the set $1000 to the treasurer. His bank roll still was huge. Lucky won his 5th set Vincent only having one inning. $5000 ahead with ten to one odds they could get their money back and some with winning one set so far Lucky was basically controlling things. Lucky was working to win 10 sets the point where they could break even with a winning set. Lucky was winning 3-0 every on remaining sets, now at 10 It looked like he was killing them. I thought Lucky was going to get over the hump.

The wind was getting loud. The building was rattling and many spectators were leaving for cover. The smart thing to do, I was wondering when we were going to leave it was getting eerie, I’ll quit when they do. They the guys kept playing. On the 11th set Lucky broke made nothing and Vincent ran 2 racks, broke the 3rd game and was running out, I thought then Lucky was not getting over the hump again. The lights went out things were hitting the building, what the F@*k.. Lights came back on. Vincent on the 8 ball missed a fairly easy shot jawed the 8 ball. The 8 ball laying right in the hole! Lucky had a hard, I mean hard out. Lucky

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having to shoot one ball at a time, during all the distraction, having to concentrate. Lucky banked one shot kicked in the next ball jumped the next, caromed the next and found himself on the 8ball. Wow! The treasurer said he needed to get out of here and leaving $10,000 with Lucky and left. These guys had their noses open they were not going anywhere until they won some money. Vincent racked the balls, The wind was raucous. The building was trembling apart, the light still on but flickering now most the time. These crazy folks were risking their lives……… To be continued

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2012SHANE US Mosconi Cup Team Announced LEADING THE CHARGE FOLLOWING on from his undefeated run through the recent US Open 9 Ball Championship, SHANE VAN BOENING cemented his place at the head of the American 2012 PartyPoker.com Mosconi Cup rankings to secure his spot on the team as one of the top two automatic spots.

Such was Van Boening’s dominance of the five event series that he beat the second placed player MIKE DECHAINE by an incredible 218 points. In his previous five Mosconi Cup appearances, the South Dakota Kid sports a record of 12 wins from 26 matches. For second placed Dechaine it will be a return to the team following on from his debut in Las Vegas last year and he will be relishing the chance to show what he can do in front of a partisan, sold-out crowd at the York Hall, London from 10th – 13th December.

The first of the remaining three wildcard picks is Virginia’s BRANDON

The Final Ranking 1. Shane Van Boening.........546 2. Mike Dechaine................328 3. Brandon Shuff................244 4. Dennis Hatch..................230 5. Oscar Dominguez.......214.5 6. Stevie Moore...................208 7. Shawn Putnam............203.5 8. Rodney Morris................198

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VIPER: Who are your favorite professionals? Sylver: I would have to say my favorite pro would be Dennis Orcullo. I once saw him gamble with Chris Bartram giving him the wild 6, 7, 8, and 9 playing 10-ball. I thought to myself, this Dennis is going to lose, and then he beat Chris handily. Dennis makes pool look so easy to play. My other favorites would be Pilipino players Warren Kiamko and Francisco Bustamante – they’re so easy going and they never let the pressure affect them. I’ve had offers to go the Philippines and can’t wait to go there, the players say it’s amazing and I know I will learn a lot by going. Shane VanBoening, is also my favorite American player because he has improved so fast and is playing so well these days. Not only does Shane play exceptional rotation pool but also ALL games! He recently won back-to-back Derby City Classic’s 1-Pocket titles and a just a few years ago he didn’t even know how to play the game. VIPER: How do you prepare for events? Sylver: Before major events I like to play a few times a week in the daytime of the pool hall. I won’t come in at night because ALL the people will ask me a million questions so in the daytime I feel like it’s only the table and me so I can get a good workout. I won’t play too much because then I’ll get burned out. I want to be able to feel like I’m missing pool. Then lastly, I will compete in a few local tournaments. VIPER: What was the best advice you were ever given? Sylver: To never give up! Even if you’re down in a match, you will never see me give up…. I will fight till the bitter end. That has really has stuck in my mind over the years. VIPER: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? Sylver: I love the travelling part of pool and meeting all the different people. When your here at home you see the same people all the time and when you’re on the road you get to challenge yourself against others with your abilities. When I finish well at an event, it makes me feel good about myself. VIPER: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? Sylver: Believe in yourself – if you lose you have a choice you can either quit or you can use that loss to your advantage and it can make you stronger – you have to learn to deal with losing before you can win. VIPER: What did your parents say about you playing pool for a living? Sylver: My dad brags about me all of the time and my mom is my biggest fan. She always watches my pool matches and pulls for me whether it’s live in person or on the Internet. She bought me my first pool table. VIPER: What’s your Favorite game? Sylver: Of course its One-Pocket, and its because you have to earn each game, their is not much luck in that game. My friend Joseph would come to my house and we would watch Accu-stats videos all night and that’s when I took a liking to the game. Those videos were a huge help in my improvement. Listening to the commentary really helped with the bad mistakes and/or the correct choices players were making.

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WESTERN BCA RESULTS for the point and lost but went to the back side with hopes of a rematch in the final. And they got it after besting LTD's Troubleshooters (John Kiske, Terry Takeuchi and Steve Tamura) in the match for 3rd place ($660). The Islanders again proved to be a bit too much for Malarkeys, who finished in 2nd place ($945). The Islanders took home $1380. The Women's Team division was almost as big with 49 teams hoping to be the Champs and $1740 richer when all was said and done. CPL's Ballad Town Babes (Melyssa Chasteen, Tammy Holcomb and Rebecca Slyter), all Open players, declared their intent to do just that by reaching the point. As with the Men'sB, the point match would be repeated in the final. INL's Cotton Club (Sharon Bledsoe, Phyllis Fernandez and Alicia Kvasnicka) had to play one match on the back side to make that happen. The held on against LTD's Have a Little Faith (Debbie Cicchitti, Kimberly Kirk and Faith Morfin) who would finish in 3rd place ($825) and they were in the final. The Ballad Town Babes came to play and didn't waste any time putting their opponent away in spite of strong play by The Cotton Club's Master player

Phyllis Fernandez, who won 3 games for her team. Lead by Melyssa Chasteen's 4 wins and support from Rebecca with 3 and Tammy with 2, the Babes took the crown and $1740 in well under an hour. The Cotton Club girls earned $1200 for 2nd place. The Men's/Mixed Team division fielded 88 teams. Again the point match teams would meet again in the finals. LTD's Three Marvells (Jim Benton, Don Rachels and Stan Tourangeau) won the point match against LTD's DJ Cues (Sean Lewis, John Te and Carl Tibbetts). DJ's one match on the back side would be a rematch for them as well against The DeLuna Gang (Paul DeLuna, Greg Garcia and Chad Bisconer) who they sent home in 3rd place ($1320). The final was quite a match. Round 1 was back and forth all the way to the end with DJ's John Te facing off in the hill game against Marvell's Don Rachels. John made a nice back cut on the 3-ball but the 4-ball was blocked by the 9 so he tried a difficult combo and missed. Don ran off 3 balls but had a tough 7-ball and missed it. John took over and ran out for the match and the double dip. The first 2 games of Round 2 were again back and

forth. Come game 4, however, DJ Cues got serious and held the Marvells to just one game win in each of the next three rounds and the match was over 11-7. The Three Marvells received $1830 for their efforts. Stan and Jim each won 3 games and Jim had a 9-ball break and a break and run. DJs were lead by Carl with 5 wins including a 9-ball break, John and Sean, with 3 games each, sealed the deal and DJ Cues took 1st place and $2505. This tournament was made possible by the efforts of countless Western BCA volunteers, our proud sponsors and vendors, and our fabulous host Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Special thanks go out to Ernie Omori and McDermott for donating cues to be raffled, with the proceeds going directly to the benefit of the players. The McDermott cue was won by Linda Smith and the Ernie Omori went home with Elaine Eberly. Both ladies were very pleased with their prizes. Western BCA is looking forward to invading Lincoln City again in March for the 8-Ball Championship. Hope to see you all there!

MASTER MIXED SCOTCH DOUBLES 1st $1900 Matt Horner/Mary Hopkin 2nd $1300 Luke Thomas/Shelby Locati 3rd $850 Paul Marquez/Eve Stockstill 4th $550 Will Totten/Donna Totten 5th - 6th $340 Chad Bisconer/Stacy Eilts 5th - 6th $340 Dan Louie/Kathy Stanley 7th - 8th $230 Kevin Ross/Shari Ross 7th - 8th $230 Cedric Sloan/Josie Leroy 9th-12th $160 Clark Smith/Andrea Saenz-Maes, Eddie Mataya/Molly Oliver, Kevin Fong/Deb McDonald, Mike Stevens/Cindy Doty 13th-16th $110 Jim Conway/ Nancy Measor, Clayton Foran/Jessica Orth, Bob Heckel/Patricia Tipton, Marvin Holmes/Kimberly Kirk OPEN MIXED SCOTCH DOUBLES 1st $1520 Brent Langley/Marian Poole 2nd $1070 Ernie Bristow/Robin Adams 3rd $750 Pat O'Meara/Barbara Rosa 4th $510 Ike Williams/Bunny Williams 5th - 6th $340 Frank Kincl/Laura Hardie, WillieWong/Patty Hayes 7th - 8th $240 Joe Moyak/Kim Allen, Tom Cicchitti, Debbie Cicchitti 9th-12th $170 Ed Ambo/Fran Johnson, Phil Bremer/Jennifer Windell, Larry Maes/Faith Morfin, Bill Fuller/Linda Fuller 13th-16th $120 Mike Scotvold/Kathy Pridgen, Marcello Girardi/Vikkie Knutson, Sonny Boggs/Stephanie Karpins, Tim Anderson/Lisa Foster MEN'S MASTER SINGLES 1st $1170 Matt Horner 2nd $800 Robert Niemeyer 3rd $550 Bob Olson 4th $385 Mike Deitchman 5th - 6th $265 Pete Gates, Jim Conway 7th - 8th $185 Roger Goodman, Miguel Morfin 9th-12th $125 Cary Brauer, Cedric Sloan, Danny Burdick, Ken Dodd 13th-16th $85 Tom Brady, Phil Wilson, Luke Thomas, Clayton Foran WOMEN'S MASTER SINGLES 1st $850 Andrena Browne 2nd $500 Deby Welfringer 3rd $325 Diane Krause 4th $200 Nancy Measor 5th - 6th $125 Shirley Morgan, Rosie Jensen 7th - 8th $80 Linda Knight, Stacy Eilts 9th-12th $50 Susan Preston, Barb Thompson Kathy Stanley, Sassy Campbell

WOMEN’S OPEN SINGLES 1st $800 Kathy Pridgen 2nd $575 Melyssa Chasteen 3rd $420 Adele Evans 4th $305 Laura Hardie 5/6 $220 Kim Toops, Brandy Phillips 7/8 $160 Amy Horan, Pam Carraway 9-12 $115 Mindi Henning, Linda Smith Jessie Hartwell, Teri Dodson 13-16 $85 Susan Gray, Doreen Butler Lynnette Perez, Rebecca Slyter MEN'S A SINGLES 1st $1000 Jeremy Harvey 2nd $720 Dennis Young 3rd $510 Sean Stevenson 4th $370 Jim Benton 5th - 6th $265 Robert Danielson, Jerod Barth 7th - 8th $190 Travis DeJong, Bret Baker 9th-12th $135 Jora Sandhu, Tom Myers Tim Anderson, Tommy Fulton 13th-16th $100 Tim Desmarais, Castulo Garcia, Leroy Crabb, Ryan Parke MEN'S B SINGLES 1st $775 John Scudder 2nd $580 Tim Guimeres 3rd $440 Steve Soelberg 4th $330 Jose Velazquez 5th - 6th $250 Dustin Geffe, Willie Wong 7th - 8th $190 John Boldman, Jim Roe 9th-12th $140 James Clifford, Alex Lugo Steve Tamura, Joel Peck 13th-16th $105 Alex Blair, John Kiske Jeff Farnsworth, Matt Jorgenson MEN'S SENIOR SINGLES 1st $430 Greg Cantrall 2nd $290 Vernon Joe 3rd $200 Wes Hough 4th $130 Bill Henderson 5th - 6th $90 Lloyd Hammond, Wayne Milke 7th - 8th $60 Steve Baumann, Dave Thompson 9th-12th $40 Sonny Boggs, John (Cord) Parsons 9th-12th $40 Joe Chun, Rafael (Jun) Pagarigan Jr

MEN’S/MIXED TEAMS 1st $2505 DJ Cues.com Sean Lewis, John Te, Carl Tibbetts 2nd $1835 Three Marvells Jim Benton, Don Rachels, Stan Tourangeau 3rd $1320 The DeLuna Gang Paul DeLuna, Greg Garcia, Chad Bisconer 4th $973 A Little Loaded 5th - 6th $720 Got Gamble??, Snuffy’s John 7th - 8th $525 JTS, Saved by the Balls 9th-12th $390 Littlerock Tavern, Blind Squirrels, Another Gear, EYO Cues 13th-16th $285 Sneakers Odor Eaters, Alibi S.J.G.L., Pool Dawgs, Good Bad & Ugly WOMEN’S TEAMS 1st $1740 Ballad Town Babes Melyssa Chasteen, Tammy Holcomb,Rebecca Slyter 2nd $1200 The Cotton Club Sharon Bledsoe, Phyllis Fernandez, Alicia Kvasnicka 3rd $825 Have A Little Faith Debbie Cicchitti, Kimberley Kirk, Faith Morfin 4th $555 Fifty Shades Of Green 5th - 6th $375 Lil’ Puckers, What Were We Thinking 7th - 8th $255 Pop Culture, Girls On Fire 9th-12th $180 S.T.S., West Valley Ladies, Hell’s Angels, Chaos 13th-16th $120 Haven’t Got A Cue, No Balls All Game, Strokin’ Bees, Nice Girls Play Pool MEN’S/MIXED B TEAMS 1st $1380 The Islanders Ernie Johnson, Dexter Lewis, Ryan Skaggs 2nd $945 Malarkeys B Jose Aquino, Seth Cumby, Brad Laskowski 3rd $660 Trouble Shooters John Kiske, Terry Takeuchi, Steve Tamura 4th $465 I’m With Stupid 5th - 6th $315 Tres Amigos, I’ve Seen Better 7th - 8th $225 Lucky Ones, Ranch Crew 9th-12th $150 Chalk Is Cheap, Peacock, Krickett’s Players, The Strokes 13th-16th $105 A BCA Team, Toadstool: New Army, Shooting Blanks, Washougal Eagles

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DAY Mondays Thursdays Saturdays Sundays

CITY Boise Pocatello Boise Pocatello Emmett Pocatello Idaho Falls Pocatello Pocatello

LOCATION The Pocket Pocket The Pocket Pocket Toadstool Pocket (1st of month) Pocket Oasis Bar Pocket

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EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Open 8-Ball Open Race to 2 9-Ball Open Ladies Dbls-Race to 2 9-Ball (Scratch bucket) Scotch Doubles 8-Ball Blind Draw Dbls 8/9 Ball Alternating 8/9 Ball Combination

ENTRY $5 $5 $5 $5 $5 $50/team $5 $5 $5

ADDED $$$ Call $$$ $$$ $2/player $$$ $$$ Matching $$$

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DAY Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Sundays

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

LOCATION D & R Spirits Batters Up Batters Up Batters Up Batters Up

PHONE (801) 394-8400 (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball VNEA rules 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball

ENTRY $5 $5 $5 $10 $25

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LOCATION 7th Rail Log Cabin 4th Plain Tavern O’Finnigan’s Pub 7th Rail Log Cabin Malarkey’s Pool & Brew BZ’s Sport Bar O’Finnigan’s Pub P C’s Pub Golden Fleece Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Latitude 84 4th Plain Tavern P C’s Pub Frankies 7th Rail Latitude 84 Schooners Doc’s Tavern 7th Rail Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Legends Spot Bar & Grill Schooners Log Cabin Latitude 84 Legends Spot Bar & Grill Frankies Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Malarkey’s Pool & Brew 4th Plain Tavern Spot Bar & Grill

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY Texas Holdem Poker $5 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 9-Ball DE (sign up 6pm) $3+$2 g.f. 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 Texas Holdem Poker $10 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 220 $10 8-Ball Call Pocket - BIH $5 8-Ball Vegas Rules $5 Vegas 8 Ball $5 220 $10 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 9-Ball $5+$3 g.f. 8-Ball DE (sign up 6pm) $3+$2 g.f. Poker $20 buy in 9-Ball Valley Rules $5 Cribbage $6 Poker Call 9-Ball BCA rules $5 8-Ball Open $3 9-Ball Call Poker Call 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 8-Ball Call Pocket $2 8-Ball BCA rules $5 8-Ball $5 Poker Call 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Blind Draw Scotch Dbls $3 8-Ball Valley Rules $5 Poker Call 8-Ball $5 220 $10 Meat Shoot-8 players/round $3/round 8-Ball Call Pocket-Mod BCA $3

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TOURNAMENTS DAY Mondays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

LOCATION Ballad Town Billiards K C Midway Silver Dollar Ballad Town Billiards Pub 181 Underground Sports Bar Greek Village Silver Dollar Ballad Town Billiards Rackem Jake’s Bar & Grill Ballad Town Billiards Pub 181 Rodders Rodders Greek Village Jake’s Bar & Grill Jake’s Bar & Grill (2nd/last) Ringo’s Bar & Grill Ballad Town Billiards Sam’s Billiards

PHONE (503) 357-1111 (503) 656-9501 (541) 888-5634 (503) 357-1111 (503) 666-4457 (503) 848-8888 (503) 643-2119 (541) 888-5634 (503) 357-1111 (541) 779-6111 (503) 362-3600 (503) 357-1111 (503) 666-4457 (503) 650-2363 (503) 650-2363 (503) 643-2119 (503) 362-3600 (503) 362-3600 (503) 644-7847 (503) 357-1111 (503) 282-8266

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball BCA 2/2 DE 9 Ball-Now on Diamond Tables Players Choice 9-Ball/BCA 3/2 DE 8-Ball - B & below 9-Ball Open 8 & 9-Ball No Masters 8-Ball 8-Ball/BCA 2/2 DE 8-Ball 8 Ball-Open Handicap (3rd Sat) Darts: Cricket/501 9-Ball 8-Ball 9-Ball (starts after 8-Ball) 8 & 9-Ball No Masters 9-Ball Open - Race to 3 Scotch Dbls-Bring partner Alternating 8-Ball/9-Ball 9-Ball BCA 3/2 DE Straight Pool (1st Sun.)

ENTRY $5+$2 g.f. FREE $5 $5+$2 g.f. FREE $5-B/$10-M $5 $5 $5+$2 g.f. Call $5+$3 g.f. $7 $5 $3 $3 $5 $5+$3 g.f. $10+$5 g.f. $5 $5+$2 g.f. $15

ADDED $3 $3/player $$$ w/9+ $3/player $3/player $3/player Call $$$ w/9+ $3 Call $5/player $5/player Matching Matching Call Call $5/player $5/player Match up to 23 $3 Call

TIME 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM Call 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM Call 7:00PM 7:00PM 11:00AM 7:00PM Call 2:30PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 11:00AM

CITY WIlliston Williston

LOCATION Cattails Lounge Cattails Lounge

PHONE (701) 572-2679 (701) 572-2679

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball 9-Ball

ENTRY $5 $5

ADDED Matching Matching

TIME 2:00PM 2:00PM

Tuesdays Fridays Sundays

Sun Valley Sun Valley Sun Valley Sun Valley

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9-Ball B 9-Ball Handicap 9-Ball Handicap WorldPPA 9-Ball Handicap 9-Ball Open staggered entry 3 Cushion Handicap WorldPPA 8-Ball 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D 8-Ball Handicap 9-Ball Handicap 9-Ball Handicap Tourny at Vinnie’s Bar WorldPPA 9-Ball/SE WorldPPA 9-Ball/SE 9-Ball Handicap 9-Ball Open - Limit 32 10-Ball Open SE 10-Ball Open SE

$5 $20 $15 $20 $15 $5-$15 $17 incl g.f. $11 $5 $5 $10 $20 Call $11 $22 $12 $20 $10 $20

Call Call Call $100 1st Tues only Call $50 $100 w/20+ Call Matching Matching Call Call Call Call $100 $5/player Call Call $100

8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM 6:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 6:00PM 6:00PM 2:30PM 12:30PM 6:00PM 6:00PM

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Click on the MAP link online to get directions to each location DATE Nov 2 Nov 3-4 Nov 3-6 Nov 3 Nov 4 Nov 4 Nov 7-11 Nov 9-11 Nov 10 Nov 17-18 Nov 17-18 Nov 17-18 Nov 24-25 Dec 1 Dec 2 Dec 2 Dec 1-2 Dec 8 Dec 8 Dec 8-9 Dec 15-16 Dec 14 Dec 15-16 Dec 15-16 Jan 5 Jan 6 Jan 6 Jan 12 Jan 19-20 Feb 23-24 Feb 25-Mar 3 Feb 25-Mar 3 Feb 25-Mar 3 Feb 25-Mar 3 Feb 25-Mar 3 Feb 25-Mar 3

CITY Billings, MT Billings, MT N Charleston, SC Lynnwood, WA Lynnwood, WA Portland, OR Lincoln City, OR

LOCATION Bullwackers (See ad Oct) Bullwackers (See ad Oct) TAP Nationals (see ad p28) Uncle Jacks (see ad p26) Uncle Jacks (see ad p26) Sam’s Billiards (see ad p34) Chinook Winds (see ad p10) Colorado Springs, CO BCAPL/USAPL (see ad p43) Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p34) Spokane, WA Black Diamond (see ad p26) Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p34) San Francisco, CA TWCWT (see ad p32) Tacoma, WA Malarkeys (see ad p33) Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p26) Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p26) Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p34) Bellflower, CA New World Billiards (see ad p16) Emmett, ID Toadstool (see ad p38) Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p34) Pocatello, ID Oasis (see ad p37) Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p26) Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p34) Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p34) Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p34) Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p26) Lynnwood, WA Uncle Jacks (see ad p26) Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p34) Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p34) Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p34) Bellflower, CA CSI (see ad p43) Reno, NV CSI (see ad p43) Reno, NV CSI (see ad p43) Reno, NV CSI (see ad p43) Reno, NV CSI (see ad p43) Reno, NV CSI (see ad p43) Reno, NV CSI (see ad p43)

PHONE EVENT / RULES (406) 656-2887 MT State 8-Ball - 4 Person Team (406) 656-2887 MT State 8-Ball - Singles (800) 984-7665 Singles & Team Nationals (425) 640-5474 9-Ball Race to 7 (425) 640-5474 One Pocket - Race to 2 (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool (888) CHINOOK WPBA Tour Championship (702) 719-7665 Colo. State Champ. (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players (509) 891-8357 9-Ball Open Scotch Doubles (650) 965-3100 One Pocket - DE (510) 329-3566 9-Ball at Family Billiards (253) 383-3301 Thanksgiving 9-Ball Classic (425) 640-5474 9-Ball Race to 7 (425) 640-5474 One Pocket - Race to 2 (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool (818) 400-3693 9-Ball Handicap Win/Loss (208) 398-7321 8-Ball - No “A” Player (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players (208) 232-9347 8-Ball (425) 941-9928 9-Ball SD - Sign up by texting (650) 965-3100 Mini (650) 965-3100 9-Ball Winter Shootout (650) 965-3100 One Pocket - DE (425) 640-5474 9-Ball Race to 7 (425) 640-5474 One Pocket - Race to 2 (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players (650) 965-3100 One Pocket - DE (702) 719-7665 Jay Swanson 9-Ball (Max 192) (702) 719-7665 10-Ball Bar Table-Open Div (702) 719-7665 10-Ball Bar Table-Wmns Div (702) 719-7665 9-Ball Bar Table-Open Div (702) 719-7665 9-Ball Bar Table-Wmns Div (702) 719-7665 8-Ball Bar Table-Open Div (702) 719-7665 8-Ball Bar Table-Wmns Div

ENTRY ADDED TIME $120 Team 10:00AM $40 Singles $3,000 7:00PM Varies Call Call $20+$5 g.f. $10/player Call $20+$5 g.f. $10/player Call $15 11:00AM $10-$30 Tickets Call $2,000 Call $10 $200 10:00AM $50/team $500 w/32 9:00AM $40 $400 Guar 1:00PM Call Call Call $70 $7,000 w/ff 96 7:00AM $20+$5 g.f. $10/player Call $20+$5 g.f. $10/player Call $15 11:00AM $25 $2,500 Noon $25+$10 g.f. $500 w/64 $10 $200 10:00AM $20 $500 w/32 11:00AM $75/team $1,000 w/32 t 9:00AM $20 $100 7:00PM $25 $1,000 1st pl w/128 Noon $40 $400 Guar 1:00PM $20+$5 g.f. $10/player Call $20+$5 g.f. $10/player Call $15 11:00AM $10 $200 10:00AM $40 $400 Guar 1:00PM $80/$85 $3,000 Min Call Call $5,500 Call Call $1,000 w/16+ Call Call $5,500 Call Call $1,000 w/16+ Call Call $5,500 Call Call $1,000 w/16+ Call

ATTENTION ALL OWNERS

Reasons to Advertise Successful Pool Locations Increase Advertising During Slow Economic Times

1. Your Competition Is Likely To Cut Back On Advertising. 2. The Frequent Ads of Successful Locations Become More

Visible to the Pool Player. 3. Studies Prove That Locations Advertising during slow times Increase Market Share. 4. Locations That Cut Advertising Will Lose Market Share. Some Will Even Go Bust. 5. Advertising works over time because it builds name AWARENESS. 6. It works because without it the pool players believes all products,

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services and locations are the same.

7. When you don’t advertise a pool player quickly forgets your

location. And, they don’t know why you are better than your competition. 8. Research has shown that the best-performing companies in the long term are those that continue advertising during an economic slowdown. 9. Your budget may seem tight right now, but the current slowdown may be an ideal opportunity to bring in new pool players and their friends to your location.

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