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Poolhall Junkies MARS CALLAHAN TALKS TO “THE BREAK” ABOUT HIS MOVIE By: Don “Cheese” Akerlow

January 9, 2003 I had a chance to talk to Mars Callahan, Writer, Director and Star of the upcoming movie Poolhall Junkies. Cheese: “How long have you been playing pool?” Mars: “I started playing pool when I was about 12 years old.” Cheese: “Where did you grow up?”

Mars: “I grew up in California in Los Angeles” Cheese: “What’s your favorite game?” Mars: “Nine ball.” Cheese: “Who did you pattern your game off of?” Mars: “Nobody. I’ve always been sort of a maverick. I’m a person. This is the first time that anyone has written, directed and starred in a movie like this. I never really patterned myself after anybody. Somebody that I looked up to was Robert LeBlanc. Robert LeBlanc was the house pro at the Hollywood Athletic Club when I was shooting pool there and he had a great style. He and I became real good friends and he was the technical advisor on the film.” (Poolhall Junkies

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(left is Christopher Walken as Mike and right is Mars Callahan as Johnny in Poolhall Junkies Copyright Gold Circle Films All Photos by Tracey-Lee Taylor, 2000

Martinez Victorious at Funsters Casino

by: Linda Carter

Seatac, WA Funsters Casino was definitely the place to be over the weekend of December 28-30 for intense pool action and the most talented players in the NW, from Kelowna and Calgary, Canada to Los Angeles, CA and east to Yakima. Forty-three top players vied for the $9,300 purse. Funsters and King Cobra Billiards put up the $5,000 added which made this one of the top added money tournaments ever in the NW. When Rafael Martinez is in the house, prepare to be entertained! He puts on a show whether he is zinging in balls with razor-sharp precision, stretching out with his 3 foot bridge and his leg extended, or displaying his powerful stroke that dazzles the mind with the possibilities of drawing around 5 rails. Kim Gates unfortunately fell

(l to r) Raphael Martinez 1st, Mike Vidas 2nd, Stan Tourangeau 3rd

as his first victim, 9-1, followed swiftly by Carlos Santos 9-4, Mike Zimmerman 9-4, John Doherty (JD) 9-1, and Rich Geiler 9-4. That gave

him a 45-14 win/loss record. More amazing, were the players that were being sent over to the B-side. Simon Pickering who just won the

big Canadian tournament was out in 3. Also appearing on the wrong side of the board early were Dan Louie, Rick Marshall, Todd Marsh, Tim Tweedell, Monk, Stan Tourangeau, Alan Ima, Brady Gollan, Glen Atwell, Kris Iverson, Randy Camantigue, and John Horsfall! It seemed a lot safer to stay on the winner’s side. The last 8 left on that coveted side of the board were Rich Geiler, Chad Aldridge, Rafael, JD, Jeff Jimenez, Mike Vidas, Raul Abenojar, and Jeremiah Johnson. It was probably no coincidence that except for Rafael, everyone else was a regular at the weeklies at Funsters and were used to the tight pockets. It fell to Mike Vidas to carry the Canadian pride to the finals, and he met that challenge head on. He (Funsters continued on page 13)

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Title Returns to Montana By T.R. Olson

January 17-19 marked the beginning of the 8th year of the Players Open 4 man team tournament in Billings, MT. The three time champions from Alberta were present to attempt another defense of the title. The only difference this year is that Montana’s finest decided to show up after a 2 year absence and try to return the traveling trophy to it’s home. After nearly 30 teams played off for three days it came down to 4 Stix O’ Butta and Cat’s Paw for the A side final and VFW Moore Lane and Alberta Crude for the B side final. After a good run the VFW team consisting of Jerry Kohm, Terry Bummer, Doug Medina, and Ryan Grimm fell in a close 9-7 battle with the boys from Canada. The A side final was a quick 9-2 win for 4 Stix, leaving Alberta Crude with only one more opponent before being able to take another shot at the cup. Cat’s Paw found themselves down 6-2 just as they were Saturday night before they made a surprise comeback to knock Crude to the B side, unfortunately they couldn’t pull it off this time and were on the bad end of another 9-2 loss giving them third. The Cat’s Paw team had Curt Watts, Jim Hansen, Adam Sandsaver and Leland Flint to thank for a

good showing and a very exciting upset in the form of a comeback. Then it came down to Alberta Crude and 4 Stix O’ Butta for all the cash and the cup. The Alberta team consisted of Jody Thornton, Ben Reicker, Lorne Kastrukoff, and Kim Bohnet while the A side winners yielded Jeff

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Boucher, Dan Hamper, Jason Tigart, and T.R. Olson and this was sure to be a shoot off. The first match started off with both teams taking advantage of every little mistake, but the Canadians proved how they became 3 time champions by running the table for 7 of their 9 wins to send it to a final set 9-6. Montana’s finest responded by running out 6 out of their 9 wins to

end it 9-5 and bring the trophy back to Montana. The quality of players that came out for this tournament was great, but the real backbone is the tournament staff and the outstanding sponsors it takes to make an event like this a success. Over $3100 was added to this tournament in the form of cash and prizes and that is a real testament to the quality of sponsors we had. Bullwackers was the main sponsor and Calcutta host while Charlie Browns was the finals sponsor. Briggs Distributing donated over $400 for the consolation bracket jackets and the host bars were Sports Page, The Wheel, The Reno Club, and VFW posts 1637 and 6447. Thank you from all of the players and the tournament staff. 1st 2 nd 3 rd 4 th

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As I sit at my favorite local haunt dining on a supreme offering of shrimp scampi style, drenched in the most delectable white wine, butter and garlic sauce accompanied by the creamiest garlic mashed potatoes, a blend of the most succulent vegetables, and an abundant house salad slathered, at my request, with copious amounts of the richest ranch dressing, I feel as though the chef has put this dinner together with me specifically in mind; and I find it fortunate for Portlanders in search of such impeccable food, fabulous fun, and a spectacular atmosphere that they need look no further than “Wired Sports Bar”. Though by nature a fairly selfish person, as regards Karla Pixler “Wired Sports” I feel compelled to share the good fortune of my find with the rest of the world. The celebratory geniuses at this fine establishment have managed to perfect the concept of a great time. Upon entrance to this conveniently located spot at 11340 NE Halsey Street here in picturesque Portland, Oregon, one is instantaneeously struck with the feeling of having come home. So many friendly faces and, it would seem everyone knows one another. The bartenders are all smiles and the patrons seem genuinely happy to be part of this family like atmosphere which mingles well with the abundance of activity “Wired” has to offer. With two pool tables, free shuffleboard, darts and Golden Tee Golf; FREE Internet access, five video poker machines, ALL Lottery and the fifteen television sets — five of which are big screen – completely surrounding the FULL SERVICE bar, one is never at a loss for leisurely interest! As if all this were not enough, Sundays play host to the NFL Sunday Ticket as well as NBA League Pass. Wednesday through Sunday evenings lay claim to Karaoke from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am. In particular, I look forward to the soon to be opening dance floor which promises more of the same fun to which “Wired” patrons have grown so accustom. Tina Brannon, bar manager and all around social butterfly is excited to get a weekly pool league together but I hear she is all thumbs as to how to precisely go about developing such a scheme and is avidly looking for help from interested folk! Someone please contact her at 503-252-4833 and help out this soon to be mother of twins as she attempts to tackle this daunting task. As I pen this dissertation on my favorite little bar I come to the conclusion of my meal and as I sit here in a satiated state of ecstasy, I am struck with the peculiar notion that somehow, I have failed in my attempt to appropriately herald the magical workings of our Executive Chef, Robert Peterson. This man is simply amazing. If you are less inclined toward the sporting end of life and want simply to bask in the presence of culinary greatness, here again, Wired is the only place to be. From this menu which Robert designed specifically with a sports spot in mind but serendipitously modified to his whimsy and everyone else’s delight, you will find such offerings as Fettuccini and Shrimp Primavera, Baked Honey Salmon, Baby Back Ribs, and the MOST tender of tenderloins, as well as an assortment of burgers, salads, and mouth-watering appetizers. The portions are large, the menu is crowd-pleasing and the prices simply cannot be beat “anywhere” in town. So come join me at my favorite neighborhood pub. I will undoubtedly be here. You may see me tucked into the corner of the overstuffed sofa in front of the roaring fire, or lounging in the recliner. Perhaps I will be trying my hand at a game of nine-ball or shuffleboard, or I will be cheering on the underdog in the next Sunday afternoon football game. But guaranteed, I ‘will’ be here, I ‘will’ be eating, and I ‘will’ be making new friends because really, isn’t that what it’s all about? About the author: Karla Pixler, a Portland native and freelance author can often be spotted at “Wired Sports Bar”, pilfering food from the kitchen or hogging the fireside recliner writing juicy tidbits on the other patrons. OTB

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LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (January 21, 2003) - American Poolplayers Association (APA) members from across North America will attempt to qualify for the 2003 National Singles Championships beginning in late February. Players who advance to the championship round will travel to Las Vegas to compete for a portion of the $300,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded at the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Singles Championships. On the weekends of Feb. 21-23 and March 1-2, the APA will host regional qualifying events throughout the nation. Qualify locally at: The Mix, Montrose, Calif. and Carriage Square Sports Pub, Kent, Wash. For more information on the National Singles Championships, visit the official APA Web site at or call 1-800-3-RACK-EM.


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Starting this month I’ll be using the Artistic Pool Shot/ Challenge Program, Professional Skill Level, as my source for my article. These next forty shots are the selected shots performed by all entrants in the World Artistic Pool Championship. There are eight different disciplines in Artistic Pool. They are Trick and/or Fancy, Prop/Novelty/Special Arts, Draw, Follow, Bank/Kick, Stroke, Jump and Masse. There are five shots in each discipline making a total of forty shots. Only thirty-two shots are used at the Continental Qualifiers and those are the first four shots of each Discipline. Shot number five in each Discipline is the hardest shot for that Discipline. Each shot/challenge is assigned a Degree of Difficulty (D.O.D.) D.O.D.’s range from 5 to 11, with 5 as fairly easy and 11 as most difficult. Those of you that don’t want to wait to see a new shot each month can order the full 40 shot booklet from me for $20. This price includes shipping and handling for all 50 states. Your booklet will be sent Priority Mail. Please call me at (206) 719-2695 to order. Please leave a message if I’m not available to take your call. This shot is from the Trick and/or Fancy Discipline and has a D.O.D. of 6. Object ball letters coincide with corresponding pocket letters. To set this shot up place F ball on the foot spot. The C ball is now frozen on tangent line to pocket C with allowance for throw effect on F ball. The D ball is centered between pocket points. The cue ball is in hand, anywhere in box zone by pocket A. The objective of this shot is to shoot the cue ball to C ball, then travel three cushions to D ball. Make all three object balls as pocket letter designated. The cue ball may contact an extra cushion by D ball, and a scratch is allowed. Here are some helpful hints on executing this shot. Make sure that the foot spot is in the correct location, center of the table lengthwise and centered two diamonds up from the foot rail. Next, use top left English and allow for deflection of the cue ball. The speed of this shot is slightly above moderate. It will take a little power to get the cue ball three cushions around the table. Lastly be sure to allow for throw on ball F. The line of centers between C and F ball should be pointed to the long rail side of pocket F. Next month’s shot will be a D.O.D. of 7 from the Prop/Novelty/Special Arts Discipline.

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Results for Funsters’ Dec./Jan. 9-Ball & 8-Ball Tournaments from: Linda Carter

Funster’s Casino in SeaTac started the New Year out right, with the addition of Wed. night 9-Ball tournaments with $500 added/ $10 entry fee, races to 3. Combined with the Thursday night 8-Ball $500 added/$5 entry fee, races to 2, Funsters has become synonymous with great pool! And if you think you don’t have a chance with all the champions there, take the Jan. 8th 9-Ball event where Stan Tourangeau, Simon Pickering, Rich Geiler, and Kris Iverson were on the B-side after their first or 2nd matches! Or the Jan. 9th 8-Ball event, where the same was true for Glen Atwell, Mike Zimmerman, Raul, and JD. The funny part was that with only 4 brackets left on the A side, 3 of those 4 brackets still had women in them! One key note here, is that Funsters has NO LIVE MUSIC on Thursdays anymore, and only comedy acts on Wed. nights, so come on down and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and great payouts. We are offering unprecedented payouts for a weekly tournament, so please come out and support it. December 19 - 29 Players – 8 Ball 1st $165 Don Wirtaman 2nd 135 Tim Tweedell 3rd 100 Mike Zimmerman 4th 75 JD 5/6 50 Joe Romeo, Val Alvarado 7/8 30 Gerry VanScharrel, Sambo High Woman Cindy Sliva $10 December 26 – 37 Players – 8 Ball 1st $170 Tim Tweedell 2nd 130 Kris Iverson 3rd 100 Stan Tourangeau 4th 75 Don Wirtaman 5/6 45 Gerry VanScharrel, Margie Ito 7/8 30 Tommy Sliva , Monk 9/12 15 JD, Fred Bangayan Jeremiah Johnson Raul Abenojar January 2 – 22 Players – 8 Ball 1st $150 Mike Zimmerman 2nd 125 Todd Marsh 3rd 100 Larry Carter 4th 75 Joey Panganiban 5/6 50 Dave Bels, Fred Bangayan 7/8 30 Kris Iverson, JD

January 8 – 19 Players – 9 Ball 1st $185 JD – John Doherty 2nd 145 Todd Marsh 3rd 110 Mike Zimmerman 4th 80 Chad Aldridge 5/6 55 Dave Bels, Larry Carter 7/8 30 Simon Pickering, Rich Geiler January 9 – 32 Players – 8 Ball 1st $175 Todd Marsh 2nd 130 Eddie Mataya 3rd 100 Raul Abenojar 4th 75 Val Alvarado 5/6 50 Sambo, Kris Iverson 7/8 30 Mike Zimmerman Ken Phillippi High Woman Linda Carter $20 January 15 – 26 Players – 9 Ball 1st $190 JD 2nd 150 Jacob Crawford 3rd 120 Larry Carter 4th 90 Chad Aldridge 5/6 60 Dave Bels, Todd Marsh 7/8 45 Kris Iverson, Dave Dimmitt



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February 2003


From: Jay Helfert

Jan.20, 2003 San Diego, Ca Ernesto Dominguez waded through a tough 128 player field to win his first Jay Swanson Memorial Tournament. The steady Dominguez, a regular performer on pro pool tours for many years, has been an infrequent visitor to San Diego, mostly due to the time constraints of his other job. He is the much sought after pool table mechanic for major poolrooms all over the West Coast. His signature work, tight perfectly cut pockets, can be seen on pool tables wherever big games are played. Many people had forgotten Ernesto’s dominance of tournament pool in Southern California during the 1980’s, when he was the man to beat, along with the hallowed Swanee. Those two hooked it up in many tournament finals and it was always closely contested and marked by the good sportsmanship exhibited by both these men. The last two years has seen Ernesto’s re-emergence on the Southern California pool scene. This being his third victory in large field events, featuring many top players. And this event certainly had its share of top guns, with names like Stalev, Paez, Castro, Schmidt, Hemmah and Chavez to contend with. Pre event favorites Stalev and Paez got early exit passes thanks to some unsung heros. Stalev or “The Russian” as he is known in the pool world, fell victim first to Glenn Rosete 9-4 and then got sent packing by Dan Wallace 9-8. Paez lost to Don Westbrooks 9-5 and Diamond Billiards boss Greg Sullivan gave him a 9-6 sendoff. Meanwhile Ernesto was quietly cruising along defeating Jerry Decker 9-1, Wallace 9-5, Rosete 9-2, Dave Sparks 9-7, John Bryant 9-6 and Sam Manaole 9-2 to reach the hot seat match with another old rival Arturo Rivera. Arturo hasn’t been seen much in these parts since moving north to San Luis Obispo several years back, but he decided to have a little reunion with his pool buddies. It was a nice welcome home for Rivera as he swept by Louie Ulrich 9-5, John Troy 9-7, Hiroshi Kitamoto 9-3, Brian Parks 9-6, Rick Tobin 9-5 and Dave Hemmah 9-5 to reach the match with Ernesto. On the losers side of the board Louie Ulrich was tearing things up, winning eight in a row until being upended by Bernardo Chavez 9-6. The beefy Glen Rosete, who resembles Rodney Morris in size and style, won six in a row before Dave Hemmah dropped a 9-5 bomb on him. Hemmah then knocked out Chavez 9-6 to reach the final three. It was Bernardo’s second loss to Dave in the tournament, losing 9-7 earlier. In the hot seat match Ernesto sent Arturo over to meet Hemmah with a 94 drubbing. The losers side final turned into a marathon with Arturo reverting to slowdown tactics to try to derail Dave. Two hours later Dave emerged on top of a 9-8 battle. The long final match was an exhibition of top flite 9Ball with both players showing great form. Dave Hemmah has stepped up his game and it is beginning to show results. He fought tooth and nail with Ernesto right down to the wire, finally succumbing by a 13-11 margin. The tournament was held at two establishments owned by Mark Griffin. The first day was played at Gaslamp Billiards in downtown San Diego and the second day’s play moved to College Billiards in the El Cajon neighborhood. Griffin and Jay Helfert teamed up to run the tournament. This event has become so popular that more than two dozen players arrived on Saturday morning at Gaslamp and were too late to get into the field, which had shut off at 128. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5-6 7-8 9-12 13-16 17-24

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Dan Hamper

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from: Dick Jones - Event Coordinator/Manager

Final Standings for the Open 9-Ball Singles held at Eagles Club #326 Bozeman, MT. This tournament played Saturday January 25, 2003 with almost a full field of 31 players. 1st $350 Jeff Boucher, Helena, MT 2nd $250 Dan Hamper, Helena, MT 3rd $150 Shannon Gibson, Great Falls, MT 4th $ 70 Robert Gibson, Great Falls, MT Although the field was a little short, it was still filled with some real quality players. Great field, great tournament. Thank you for coming to the Eagles Club to play pool.


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This tournament was played Saturday and Sunday January 11th & 12th 2003 at Bozeman Aerie #326 with a starting field of 29 teams. 1st Tim Munyan/Wendy Bartleson, Billings $348 + Trophies Coming out of the loser’s side of the bracket, down 4 to zip in a race to 5 games this team pulled off a real come from behind victory to win it all. In the final go around with only the eight ball on the table and the score tied 4 to 4, Wendy cut the eight ball 3/4 the length of the table, right down the rail into the corner pocket. With that shot Wendy, you have my vote for the MVP of this tournament. 2nd Don Partyka/Karen Grimm, Billings $260 + Trophies 3rd Leland Flint/Dena Donner, Bozeman $174 + Trophies 4th Wes & Pat Wagemann, Bozeman $ 88 + Trophies Friday Night’s Mini - Singles Starting Field of 14 1st $50 Steve Wimpfeimer, Billings 2nd $40 James Deming, Billings 3rd $30 Travis Delaney, Bozeman 4th $20 Don Partyka, Billings Saturday Night’s Mini-Singles Starting Field of 16 1st $70 James Deming, Billings 2nd $40 Dave Gasper, Bozeman 3rd $30 Josh Bilges, Bozeman 4th $20 Wes Leazenby, Bozeman Special thank you goes out to Roger Diehl for running one great tournament. We also need to thank all the players that came from near and far to make this a great fun tournament.


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A Short Story About the Author Dean Shane Cassem Born in Charleston, W.Va. to an immigrant father from Lebanon, Dean Shane Cassem picked up his first cue stick at age 15. His father and grandfather before him had Cassem’s restaurant in Kanawha City, a suburb of Charleston, which is the state capitol of West Virginia. From age 15 to age 20, except for a short stint in Viet Namn, Shane hardly put his cue down and by age 20, had placed second in the annual Virginia straight pool tourney (1966). In his twenties, his game went stale from staying in the bars and out of the rooms where stiffer competition

by: Dean Shane Cassem would have honed his game. His stroke subsided completely until his mid thirties when he resurrected his game and won the Coors statewide Texas 8ball Championship in Houston in 1981. Directing his energies to a new wife, his church, and an interior wall and floor-covering business in the mid to late 80’s, his game went dormant again until he sold his business and returned to school. At age 48, he completed his undergraduate work in theology, and earned Master’s degrees in Marriage & Family Counseling and Christian Education. During that time, he developed his writing skills and has

since become the most prolific writer of pocket billiard fiction in America. Shane has five Carter Keating novels nearly ready for publication: Breakthrough, Resurrection, Backrooms, Twist of Fate and Trade-off. Readers will see Twist of Fate in the bookstores by November 2002. In addition, he has recently created two new characters; Skinny Malone and Kelsey Maynard. Currently, Shane also has a Marriage and Family Counseling practice. He and Mary, his wife of fifteen years, live in Fort Worth, the setting for his ongoing Carter Keating Series. Shane has one daughter, Vickie Linn, a son-n-law, Brian, and a precious granddaughter, Shelbie Linn. You may visit Shane’s web sites at; or


Part 1

AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE OTHER GREEN-FELTED tables surrounded me at Sharky’s Pool Parlor on Westheimer at Fondren in Houston. Pool balls, clacking and colliding, ran recklessly from one end of the room to the other. My left hand gripped a cue stick as I chalked the tip and studied the table. So far I had run thirty-four straight. Elizabeth, my vibrant, gorgeous new girl friend was with me. As funny as it sounds, in the confines of Sharky’s, we were getting to know each other in more intimate ways, chatting about family, friends, likes and dislikes. Earlier, we’d been to the Kemah yacht basin, to watch people, and boats going in and out of the harbor. Now in Sharky’s, while playing pool, the conversation had gone deeper. Elizabeth’s fresh perfumed scent overrode the stale, sometimes smoked-filled air and teased my senses. Her personality, genuine and warm, was even more attractive. There was something about her that I found appealing both outwardly and inwardly. Outside, the hot Texas sun still hard at work pierced through large plate glass windows and tipped the barometer over 100. Elizabeth and I wore short sleeve shirts, Bermudas and tennis shoes as we

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relaxed over a beer, tea and peanuts. I was shooting pool, Elizabeth was watching. We had had a brief courtship. I liked her. “Nine ball in the side pocket three rails,” I prophesied. Stroking the cue ball firmly, I watched as it danced around the table and plopped into the side pocket like it had eyes and was listening to my every command. Elizabeth sat lady-like in a highlegged straight backed chair next to a small round serving table, slowly sipping on a glass of iced tea and occasionally nipping at a peanut or two, chewing them slowly as if they were a meal. Her back was erect, her shoulders postured perfectly as she said, “You, Mr. Keating,” she cooed assertively, eyeing the table, “are very good.” We’d been at Sharky’s for about an hour, talking, while I circled the table, pocketing balls. I chuckled, “And how would you know anything about pool?” She grinned cutely, straightened up in her chair, threw her shoulders back some more, and chirped, “For two years, I worked at Snookers in Bellaire when I was getting my undergraduate degree.” I grinned and said, “And how good is your game, Ma’am? She smiled broadly and said

spiritedly, “exceptional in some areas, Mr. Keating, but pool’s not one of them.” Her smile widened, “I have other interests.” Nod. I grinned, breathed in deeply, exhaled, leaned into a shot, stroked the cue, followed through, made the object ball and drew the cue ball back for my next shot. Gazing up to Elizabeth, I said nostalgically, “I miss the game at times.” She nodded slowly, then asked, “how good are you?” “Dunno,” I mused, “chalking my cue reflectively. I was looking straight ahead but my mind was in another time zone, another place. It’s been almost three years since I’ve played competitively, over a year since I’ve played at all, other than tonight.” “My gosh,” she said in an unbelieving voice, “how good were you when you were playing everyday?” “Good,” I said, “but . . .” my mind flashed back again, “. . . that was another time.” Her eyes widened. She raised her eyebrows, nodded as if she really understood and eyed me closely. “When you say that, Carter, it’s as though you’ve written off the game as something in the past, never to return.” (Resurrection continued page 23)

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Product Review For the shark in all of us

Ottawa, Canada, (December 29, 2002) The billiard industry does not have any product like the “Cue Guard”. It is an effective, useful and appealing protective slipcover for the pool cue and cue tip. The “Cue Guard” is a vinyl protective cover that slides onto the shaft of a pool cue when the cue is not being used during play. The pool cue shaft is protected against damage if it falls after it’s leaned against something when it is not being used. The cue stick is like a golf club to a golfer, a bat to a baseball player, a racquet to a tennis player. The cue stick is the pool player’s tool. There’s nothing more frustrating to a pool player than a damaged cue stick, not only for the feel of the cue when making a shot but also for the time and expense of repair. Players can spend thousands of dollars on their cue sticks and time maintaining them in top playing order. The “Cue Guard” was born out of necessity from personal experience and is basically a lined soft vinyl sleeve that slides easily over the shaft of the cue from the tip end. The sleeve is placed onto the cue shaft while waiting for the next game and while the cue stick is resting against something where it can be knocked over. The sleeve protects the shaft from dents, nicks or scratches should the cue fall onto a rough surface or hard object or anything else that might damage the cue. The “Cue Guard” is easy to use and can be stored in the cue bag while on the cue stick or folded and placed in the cue bag. The “Cue Guard” can also be used as a promotional item for cue manufacturers. The manufacturer’s name can be printed on the sleeve. The “Cue Guard” can be given away with the purchase of a cue or sold as an accessory. It can also be used for promotional giveaways as well as a gift idea for the pool player who has everything. The “Cue Guard” is an affordable, useful, and welcome addition to any pool player’s accessories and another innovative promotional tool for cue manufacturers and retailers.


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503-769-7588 Gold Crown IV’s. Along with the Crowns are 2 Global Coin Ops and 1 Snooker Table. They also have some video games and a CD Jukebox. A three-cushion table will be coming shortly. The first one was returned with the first set of tables that were sent back to the manufacturer. When you first come into the room the first thing one may notice is the painting of the walls. Far from ordinary, and routine. With the non-smoking atmosphere the environment is good and clean. Our Grand Opening will be in March featuring an exhibition from World Champion Nick Varner. Details will be coming soon on this event. Currently the hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 1:00PM until Midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM until Midnight. These hours will be expanded as time goes. In the future we’ll be looking to add some in-house leagues and tournaments. Sunset Family Billiards is located at 2814 NE Sunset Blvd, Renton, WA 98056. They may be reached at 425-255-RACK (7225). OTB See ad page 21

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by: Pat Sheehan

The last two articles, which I hope you saved, covered how to get a tip to stay on your cue. This one will deal with the tip itself and the weapon it goes on. Since there are so many variables in the game; humidity that controls the speed of the cloth and cushions, pocket openings and the breaks (or luck of the break), the only thing we have control of is the tip and cue and those two items are critical. In the early 1800’s the game was played in a Pat Sheehan different manner. The cue ball was propelled with the opposite end of the stick. It was called a mace and had a bent end. It was shaped like a shovel of a mallet. The player pushed the cue ball and was allowed to keep the end of the mace on the ball to direct it. The better players thought that this was no challenge so they used the tail end of the mace (que is French for tail). The hard flat surface of the handle made it very difficult to control the cue ball but in the early 1800’s a French player added a piece of leather to the end of the stick and all the bells and whistles went off when the Billiard world heard of it. Frank Mingaud was credited with this discovery and since he was in prison at the time he scrapped the white wash off the walls of his cell and used it on the tip and he could work unheard of miracles. When he got out of prison he gave exhibitions to demonstrate his new findings. People thought he was a magician and checked under his sleeve to see if he had a string to bring the cue ball back. Since the tip only stays on the cue ball for a millisecond a good well-shaped tip is the secret to excellent play and care must be taken to see that the tip maintains its round shape (a 13-14 mm tip should be as round as a nickel) and the surface rough. I suggest 80 grit abrasive but once the shape is right just twist the grit around the tip to keep it rough. A course file or one of the many tip tappers will gnarl the surface and push chalk into the surface itself. Never, never tip the tip with these tools because they will push the tip out of shape and break the ferrule. Just rock the tool back and forth as you spin the cue around until you see dimples appear in the tip. If you haven’t looked at the cue ball lately you will notice it is round, hard and very smooth. A well-shaped tip will still slip off without what we call chalk. It’s not chalk but sand. Mingaud’s idea of the white wash or lime off the prison wall did give some grit but the lime got on the cloth and with the dampness ate the cloth off the tables so in later days another player Bill Spinks developed the modern cue chalk as we know it. He experimented with all sizes and types of sand until he hit on silica quartz and aloxite. These are the same materials that modern chalk is made of but it still is hard on cloth and cues. The grit and color has to be removed after several games. The third part of the equation is the cue itself. There are so many choices out there that only you can make the decision of which one is right for you. Dad and I once bought a table and it had a Brunswick #360 in the selection of cues. It was beautiful to look at and hit the balls great. I ran two racks against Willie Mosconi with it and afterwards Willie took a look at it in our shop. “It’s a 21”, said Willie, “you can’t play straight pool with a cue heavier than 18 ounces. Give me the cue for my museum and I’ll have Herman Ranbow make you one of his ‘self-shooters’”. I love that cue, but when the World’s Champ says it’s not right, you have to listen. The next year Willie came out again and I showed him my new cue and noticed that he had two new cues and twenty shafts for me to re-tip. I picked one of the cues up and noticed it was heavy. He told me that Frank Paradise had made them for him and you couldn’t play straight pool with a cue lighter than 21 ounces. Once you find the right weight for you, stick with it. I sold my ‘self shooter’ a few years later and went back to the 21 ounce. Next time let’s talk about picking out your cue. OTB

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arrived in the Finals with wins over Rick Hodge 9-3, Mike Braun 9-3, Don Wirtaman 9-6, Jeff Jimenez 9-3, and Raul 9-5. When Mike met Rafael to play for the hot seat, it was close, but Rafael overcame the onslaught by a margin of 9-7. Mike then played Stan for the B-side win and won 9-7 for the right to charge at Rafael once again. Stan Tourangeau got the most bang for his buck by losing his second match to Jeff Jimenez and then going through the B-side winning 7 matches before being felled by Mike Vidas to secure 3rd place. The last matches, including the finals, were held on Monday. Fears of not having an audience were unfounded, as there were over 50 spectators that came for Monday’s matches. The finals’ format was true double elimination; Mike Vidas would have to beat Rafael Martinez 2 races to 9. Not an easy feat at any time, but especially not without his trademark baseball cap! (Dress code did not allow baseball caps). Mike stayed with Rafael most of the set, but he hung the 8 to make it 8-6 instead of 7-7 in the first set. During the next game, there was a safety battle, and a tough missed 3 ball by Rafael got Mike Vidas back to the table to make it 8-7. It looked like Mike was on his way to tie it up when he missed the 3, but then fluked in the 7 and continued his run. An over and back pattern left the cueball hanging on the side pocket lip, ready to scratch and unfortunately, hooking him on the 8 on the same rail. A kick resulted in giving ball in hand to Rafael on the 8 and 9. Congratulations to all 3 top men for a fantastic job. The High Woman prize went to Hsin Huang from Vancouver, B.C. and runnerup was Linda Carter. High Woman was calculated on the number of games won instead of where she placed, which discounted the effects of byes. Hsin played some amazing pool, jumping 4 tough jump shots in a row against Mike Zimmerman. Several mini-tournaments were run all day on Sunday. A player did not have to be in the main tournament to play in them. Simon Pickering actually did better in those than he would have placing 13-16th in the main tournament, winning a total of $160 and Val Alvarado won $150 total. Special thank-yous are in order to Sharon Braun, Irene Kopp, Mike Zimmerman, Jeremiah Johnson, Larry Carter, and Rich Geiler for all the fantastic help they provided to Linda Carter in running the tournament. The spectators were almost as noteworthy as the players. Our favorite sweators Mary and Terry Gregory were in attendance, as were Dennis Hoffman, Jason Burkhardt from AZ, Harold Danielson from Canada, and Mark Edwards with his son Steven from NY. One person that was sorely missed was Gerry VanScharrel, a regular at all of Funsters’ weeknight tourneys. As of this writing, he is still at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup recovering from the after-effects of propane gas poisoning. We pray that Gerry is up and around soon and shooting with all his former skills and vitality. Thanks for all the players, spectators, wait staff, and Glen Hancock at King Cobra Billiards who fights to make this happen for the billiards world. We look forward to even bigger and better tournaments in 2003! Results: 1st $2500 Rafael Martinez $1700 Mike Vidas 2nd 3rd $1200 Stan Tourangeau th 4 $ 825 Raul Abenojar 5/6th $ 525 Rich Geiler, John Doherty (JD) 7/8th $ 325 Glenn Atwell, Tim Tweedell 9/12th $ 200 Chad Aldridge, Jeff Jimenez, Jeremiah Johnson, John Horsfall 13/16 $ 100 Rick Marshall, Mike Zimmerman, Larry Carter, Kris Iverson High Woman Hsin Huang 125 HW 2 Linda Carter 50 Results from 4 Mini-Tournaments: Simon Pickering $160, Val Alvarado $150, Simon Pickering $80, Ted Woodward $70, Nick Kreuger $20




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The Pool Whisperer . . . . . Lance McGill “Ten years’ searching in the deep forest; today great laughter at the edge of the lake.” That was the quote I intended at the end of last months article -(I left the first line out when I sent in an edit.) For the balance of months that I contribute here I have decided to focus on one pocket. My intention is to have you win more racks from what you read here and for the B player to come to some advantage when matched against more skilled players. When you are new at one pocket the biggest mistake you’ll make is to take a stab at a shot we call the “no, no.”....kicking at a ball on the short rail toward your pocket. This ball will be frozen to or very close to frozen on the end rail. There will be positions where it is absolutely the correct shot and I’ll cover those in the form of guidelines. The newer you are at one pocket the more important it is that you ignore your excitement and instinct to kick that ball. And I do know how good it looks sitting there, believe me. Shoot one or two from the position that you think it’s likely to be in and notice that if you didn’t make it that you left your opponent the “lovelies”, an easy bank off of the long rail. I said one or two instead of twenty or thirty because with that many hits you’ll lock in on the shot and start liking it instead of running from it. It’s like a hand grenade. You wouldn’t pick it up, right? Well this

is like a hand grenade, but it’s wrapped in mink. Let it go. On this kind of shot, (and I’m only calling it a shot so I can write about it because you are going to shoot at it.) I’ll give you the guideline that I mentioned earlier. With the object ball one diamond or less from your pocket you may live through shooting the “no, no.” One diamond or less from the opponents pocket you may again live through shooting at the “no, no.” Most will blow up in your face and you’re left spittin’ mink. You’ll find that the closer the object ball is to the opponents pocket the more likely that the cue ball will head up table, see now, that’s a good thing. The cue ball heading up table can be the beginning of the “lovelies.” THE MORE OF THE OBJECT BALL THAT YOU HIT, HOWEVER, THE WORSE THAT IT GETS FOR YOU. So, another guideline: for the shot where the object ball is near the opponents pocket, when you miss it, miss it on the side that the cue ball hits the rail before hitting the object ball. Now you want the guideline for missing

the one near your pocket, right? Well, there isn’t a guideline here for that. You can’t afford to miss that one. It’s called the “no, no” remember; and we’re only covering them ‘cause you’re gonna shoot at ‘em. One pocket is a fascinating game and you will wind up with plenty of situations where this kick is the correct shot so I’ll cover some of them: in pool there often comes a time when you have to “go.” Positions often dictate that you go 100% offense. So you’re shooting it because you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Then often the kick will have a natural safety to the stack or up table behind balls; and then another: a lot of the time there are balls blocking the return bank. In this case you have to be able to gage your own accuracy and your ability to leave the blocking balls as they sit. Sometimes you get lucky and end up with the free “no, no.” That’s the one where when you miss it, it becomes a blocker for the return bank. Do you notice that I didn’t say “if”

you miss it? Does that help you some? It could. Help you some I mean. The next big mistake that newbies make actually occurs while they are shooting the correect shot, the one rail bank off of the end rail. The instance I’m speaking of is when the cue ball is near the foot rail as they bank toward their pocket. They know that they have a good chance of making it and if not the ball will be left near their pocket. So, they shoot the good speed and the ball doesn’t go, and it’s also successfully near their pocket on the long rail. And then they realize that the cue ball activity was nearly a stop shot and again they have left the “lovelies” for the opponent, the bank off of the long rail. Of course, there are hundreds of places that you could leave the cue ball. We cannot cover all of those here, so: when you get this shot during the opening look to see if there is a way to leave the cue ball where you wanted to leave it when you broke. Look to leave the cue ball in the range of the middle diamond. (from their pocket) During the middle game look to hang the ball up and protect it with the stack. This is superior to making it. During the end game look to play nine ball next race. There I go again with the wisecracks. It’s just so unlikely that you can win the end game. Too (McGill continued on page 26)

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Poolhall Junkies fortunately we all stayed in character and we just kept Cheese: “Do you have any other hobbies other than (continued from the front page)

pool?” on going along with the scene, like he was supposed Mars: “Filmmaking. When I stopped being obsessed to make it.” with pool I became obsessed with filmmaking. So that’s Cheese: “I know, because when I saw your face just really all I do is write and develop stories and work as he made it, you looked surprised. And it went so with that. I used to play a lot of basketball. When I well with the movie it was like – Woah, he knew what was a kid I actually at one point in time I thought about he was doing. It was excellent. playing overseas.” Mars: “That was a little movie magic. Then of course, Cheese: “Do you play and have you played in any it was my turn to do it one handed and of course, I tournaments and where?” missed the first one. I missed the second one and the Mars: “No, I actually was never a tournament player. crew, my crew, my camera man and the lighting guy It’s interesting when and everybody all you’re a kid … I grew started taking bets up on the other side of on how many the tracks. I came from times it would take a very poor family and I me to make it. But started shooting pool to I didn’t let them make money, to buy down, I made it on myself a slice of pizza the fifth try.” or go to the movies or Cheese: “I know, something like that, people when you when I was 12, 13, 14, 15 years old. I’d just hustle, say you can do something that’s when usually you you know, not hustle but just beat. I would never be end up not being able to do it, when you want to.” one of those kinda guys that would lay down because Mars: “That’s right. That’s a tough shot anyway you I was never good enough to lay down, but just play slice it.” good enough to win. And match up with people that Cheese: “It’s not a nine out of ten.” you could have a chance to beat, if you played good. Mars: “No, no and one handed with the cameras rolling So I started doing that. I never really had a father …” around. I always found that – I always say that I didn’t Cheese: “… little more pressure.” have a father. I had fifty fathers. Chris Corso, who I Mars: “…gets a little tougher.” wrote the film with, was like a father to me. Robert Cheese: “The movie got delayed time after time at LeBlanc was like a father to me. So people that took least from the first release that we had gotten. It made me under their wing and taught me a few things here a lot of people on the Pacific coast and Northwest a and there, they were all kind of like father figures to little anxious as to when it was coming out.” me when I was growing up in the poolroom. I was a Mars: “Oh, good.” little kid, so the fun of it was when you’re coming of Cheese: “Can you shed any light on that? Why it took age at that time in your life. If you can be your own so long or what was the delay?” man that’s something that’s really great. The poolroom Mars: “When you’re putting all the final pieces together, is that way and that’s what we say right at the you want to make it right. As every pool player in the beginning of the movie. Age doesn’t matter, race doesn’t world knows, timing is everything. So, when you come matter, color doesn’t matter, how much money you’ve out with a movie like this you don’t want to come out got doesn’t matter. How you carry yourself in the when it’s coming up against a big James Bond movie poolroom, how you move, the things that you do and and you don’t want it coming up against The Lord of you kinda can become a man. You kinda become your the Rings movie. You want to release it at a time when own person. If everybody wants you can hold to go see Poolhall your own and Junkies. Plus, maybe a little bit there is a little bit of theirs. So, of … they draw it that was the fun out a little bit for of it. The anticipation matching up and purposes too, figuring out a sometimes. It’s way to outsmart good. It’s good the other guy, that people are which is pretty anxious to see it. much a lot of The most what Poolhall important thing for Junkies is this movie is that about.” everybody goes to C h e e s e : see it opening “Somebody had weekend. That’s told me that the most important Toupee Jay was thing. They Jay Helfert.” shouldn’t wait for Mars: “Well, the second or third you know …” week. The studios Cheese: “I often determine asked Jay about how long a movie it and he said, plays in theaters. Mars Callahan as Johnny and Alison Eastwood as Tara in Poolhall Junkies It depends on yes.” Mars: “We what it does in its definitely modeled certain characters after certain opening weekend. So if you want to put in The Break people. We had Rags in the beginning of the movie. there somewhere that it’s important that everybody He was a real guy. Of course, Jersey Red and Boston rallies and goes to support this movie the opening Shorty, we used some names of people that we weekend. Then, it will be in the movie theaters for a remembered and just to throw a little authenticity in long time to come. It will be in there for many weeks.” the mix.” Cheese: “Now I know on this next question, it depends Cheese: “Was there anything that happened on the of course on how well the movie is received and what it set while you were filming that was unusual or funny?” does at the box office as far as the studios go, but is Mars: “So many things. Christopher Walken made that there a sequel in the works?” time shot – you know, where he shoots the eight-ball Mars: “They’ll be more pool movies to come from this and it slides over and bank kicks it back in. It was in movie. When people get out there to see it opening the party scene where he and I played at the boss’. weekend. If the movie does good box office … There’s Well, we were sitting around. We showed him the shot a reason why Rocky made Rocky II, III, IV and V.” and Christopher Walken is a pretty decent pool player Cheese: “I had heard that Alison Eastwood is on the but he’s still not like you or me, not like a pool player, cover of Playboy?” pool player, but he’s a decent pool player for a citizen. Mars: “She is?” We showed him the shot and I said, ‘Why don’t you Cheese: “I hadn’t seen the issue yet.” practice it a few times and then we’ll do a take’ and he Mars: “You know what, neither have I actually, but I said, ‘No, no, no, no … let’s just shoot the rehearsal, heard that she is and she’s such a pretty girl, I can’t maybe we’ll get lucky.’ BOOM! He makes it the first imagine why they wouldn’t want her on the cover.” chance. First time out he drilled it perfectly and we Cheese: “I’d also found out that you are also involved tried to do a couple more for safety and he never wound with opening pool halls, with the name of course up making it again, just on his very first time. Poolhall Junkies Pool Hall.” What was funny was – he made it and everybody was – it was supposed to be rehearsal. He made it and

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This is REALITY WSPL Fall Titleholders from: Gary Smith

January 11-12, 2003 Carriage Square Sports Bar & Grill The team and player turn out for the W.S.P.L. Fall Titleholders was great!

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The W.S.P.L. was blessed with a Great New Location to have their triyearly event! Taek Kim (owner) has years of experience in handling large tournaments, and the W.S.P.L. players are a custom fit; to make the event go Super Smooth for 2 days. Thanks Taek – your service and crew were Great!! (Note:) The W.S.P.L. State Championship will be held at Carriage Square on Feb 15 & 16th 2003 at 8:00am opening. ** Also: The W.S.P.L. State Championship will be co-hosted by Eli’s Road House Tavern & The Time Out Tavern (Eli’s Road House is the former Lucky Star in Kent***Time Out Tavern is in Federal Way). REALITY finally set in on the W.S.P.L. as an organization, and in the midst of the Tournament Playoffs the W.S.P.L. (Spot Option Rule and all), is now becoming a corporation! Thanks to the players loyalty, all players who have been in the W.S.P.L. at least 1 year; will become stock holders by NO later than the end of the Winter Session. (PLEASE come to the Feb 2nd State Reg. Meeting)!! Well, the 9:00am event started as usual at 9:00am. But that was the

a fast pace, and continued at a fast competitive pace! So competitive, and fast that the Sudden Death Rule, Stalemate Rule and time delay were ALL used and were challenged! As usual though, the Good Sportsmanship quality of the W.S.P.L. players, over took any negative situations that developed. It’s these times that the people in the management become proud of our majority voting Captains, and Co-Captains. Thanks, for being Fair! After a long Saturday morning; we now had our Division Champs!! This set the stage for the afternoon matches between the Division Champions, and that stage was warming up quick! A unique match up between two Wild Card Division Champions started the first afternoon match. Just to show how wild it really was, the Gig Harbor “Smoke’ms” and the N. Pierce “N.A.D.S.” finished their match last in time; even though they started first that afternoon. They are NOW nick named the SHANG-SHANG party team! The SHANG-SHANG’s took it to the limit by forcing a Sudden (WSPL continued page 24)

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Dr. Cue Billiards 9 Ball Open By Charles H. Tupper, Tournament Director

Shoreline, WA January 24, 25, & 26, 2003 The morning of January 24th brought 49 players from Washington, British Columbia, and California to compete in the Dr. Cue Billiards 9 ball open. Competition was fierce and the players conducted themselves as gentlemen and ladies throughout the three day tournament. Locally the older (50 and over) set was well represented and Don Wirtaman rose to the challenge of the younger set who had most of JD Doherty the entries and many of the hottest hands. He defeated Todd Ruhlon (9-8), Trevor Smith (9-7), Woody Neilson (9-6), Todd Marsh (9-6), and Gerard Jamito (9-5), before falling to Kris Iverson (9-3). He was then defeated by JD (7-5) to finish 3rd in the tournament. Kris Iverson got off to a running start on his road to the finals in the winners bracket with wins over Peter D (9-2), Sambo (9-2), and Chad A (9-4) before running into a very hard fought battle with Tim Twedell which he survived 9 – 8. He then survived another hard fought battle in which he came from a substantial deficit to win over Mike Vidas 9 – 8. He then took the point match from Don Wirtaman 9 – 3. J D Doherty took the hard road to the finals by winning against Loy Long (9-4), Tony Chohan (9-6), and Jeremiah Johnson (9-5) before losing to Gerardo Jamito (9-7). He then defeated Trevor Smith (7-4), Todd Marsh (7-3), Mike Vidas (7-4), and then defeated Kris Iverson Gerard Jamito (who had put him in the “B” bracket)(7-3) and Don Wirtaman (75). He then met Kris Iverson in the finals and defeated him 11 games to 7 to become this year’s champion. Of note was the performance of Allie Shaffer, Don Wirtaman a high school student who is sponsored by Dr. Cue Billiards and works hard at her game to compete in the Youth Amateur National Championships. She defeated a well known local player 9-8 in her first match and was narrowly defeated in her following two matches. An excellent performance by this dedicated young lady. “In the money” finishers of the tournament were: $1500.00 JD Doherty 1st 2 nd $1000.00 Kris Iverson 3 rd $ 750.00 Don Wirtaman th 4 $ 600.00 Gerard Jamito 5/6 $ 400.00 Mike Vidas and Kevin Ross 7/8 Todd Marsh and Tim Twedell 9/12 Trevor Smith, Rich Geiler, Dan Louie, and Warren Constanza. Owners Matt Jacoby and Jeff Robertson as well as tournament director Charles Tupper thank all the players for making this tournament a success and hope to see all the players at the next Dr. Cue Billiards 9 Ball Open.


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Hopkin Victorious at Q Street from the NWPA

SPRINGFIELD, ORE. - Mary Hopkin, of Richland, Wash. inched out Kim Gates in the nail-biting hill-hill final match of the Northwest Womens Pool Association’s first tour stop of 2003. A field of 38 women battled it out Jan 11-12 at Q Street Billiards in Springfield, Ore. for cash and a paid birth at the Women’s Professional Billiard Tour’s Viejas Casino Classic in Alpine, Calif. in March. Hopkin solidly defeated veteran player Jeanne Crowell, of Eugene, Ore. in the first round (74) before losing her second match (5-7) to Andrea Saenz-Maes, of Tacoma, Wash., who had a strong tournament and her best finish in an NWPA event, earning third place. Hopkin (l to r) Dennis Blackwell, Mary Hopkin, Sharon Blackwell played consistently strong through the B-side of the bracket, posting wins over Bonnie Mahaffey, of Eugene, Ore. (7-1); Shawn Graves, of Woodinville, Wash. (7-3); Cindy Doty, of Longview, Wash. (7-6); Jana Smallboy, of Alberta, Canada, (7-2); Martha Hartsell, of Junction City, Ore., (7-2); Jo Woodward, of Kent, Wash. (7-4); and Saenz-Maes (7-3) before meeting up with Gates in the finals. Meanwhile, Gates steamrolled through the winners bracket, trouncing Kendra Marcoulier, of Bend, Ore. (7-2); Jeri Engh, of Osceola, Wis. (7-4); Woodward (7-1); Julie Stallings, of Junction City, Ore. (7-0); Shawn Wolf, of Tacoma, Wash. (7-5) and SaenzMaes (7-6). The final match started with Hopkin crushing the balls in the first break, making five balls and leaving the one ball open in the middle of the table. The five ball was locked between the nine and seven balls at the Kim Gates foot spot of the table. Hopkin pocketed the one ball and followed the shot with a clean five-nine combo in the corner, invigorating the crowd. Hopkin kept control of the table for the following two games, making the score 3-0 before Gates was able to make her mark. Gates, struggling with balls jawing in the pockets, came out aggressively and played strong safeties to garner three games and tie the match at 3-3. Then the momentum in the match went Hopkin’s direction, who racked up four more games against the still struggling Gates, making the match, 7-3. Gates took a break and came back in full force, hitting balls solidly and running out at every opportunity. She kept Hopkin kicking at balls, finally able to tie up the match at seven-seven. Then Gates snapped the nine on the break to reach the hill first, making it 8-7 in her favor. During the 16th rack, Hopkin got to the table after Gates missed a five ball and then rattled the eight ball. Gates missed position and was faced with a short-rail bank into the side, which she missed, leaving an easy nine ball for Hopkin, who tied the score at 8-8. The crowd of nearly 30 spectators, including Q-Street owners Sharon and Dennis Andrea Saenz-Maes Blackwell, were as on edge as the players when the final game of the match began. Hopkin started the rack solidly, but jawed the five ball. Gates got up with new resolve and easily ran the rack down, leaving a long straight shot in the corner pocket on the nine, which she hit with authority. The crowd, including Hopkin, moaned as the nine-ball jawed in the pocket, leaving Hopkin the match. Gates showed why she was voted the NWPA’s 2002 Sportswoman of the Year as she graciously congratulated Hopkin on the tournament. The NWPA would like to thank Dennis and Sharon Blackwell, owners of Q Street Billiards, for hosting a great event, and for adding $750 on top of a paid WPBA entry. Thanks also goes out to tournament director, Ted Woodward, assistants to the tournament director, Dan Coffman and Chris Rogers, and to cue repairman, Dave Lauer for additional assitance and photography. The NWPA’s next stop is scheduled for March 22-23 at Dr. Cue Billiards in Shoreline, Wash. Please check the NWPA website ( frequently for details. The results for the top 12 finishers are as follows: 1st Mary Hopkin $490 200pts paid entry to WPBA event at Viejas Casino in March 2nd Kim Gates $342 160pts 3rd Andrea Saenz-Maes $242 125pts 4th Jo Woodward $184 100pts 5/6 Martha Hartsell $112 80pts Shawn Wolf $112 80pts 7/8 Jana Smallboy $ 82 65pts Rhonda Zuraff $ 82 65pts 9/12 Julie Burney $ 68 50pts Cindy Doty $ 68 50pts Julie Stallings $ 68 50pts Kari Stevens $ 68 50pts OTB

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BCA REACHES DECISION ON NATIONAL 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS From: Amy Long - Director of Marketing & Business Development

Colorado Springs, Colo. The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) will not hold the BCA National 9-Ball Championships in 2003 as previously announced. Throughout 2002, members of the BCA Board of Directors and National Office staff conducted a feasibility study on the event. The BCA has several large tournaments to promote amateur, professional and junior billiards, including the BCA National 8-Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV (May 9-17, 2003), the BCA Open 9Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV (May 11-17, 2003) and the BCA Junior National Championships at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI (July 30 - August 2, 2003). BCA Executive Director Stephen Ducoff said, “The BCA is very careful about how we allocate our resources and staff time. Based on our research, we feel the interests of BCA member’s will be best served if we focus on our 8Ball, pro 9-Ball and junior tournaments, as well as other programs such as the BCA International Trade Expo in Las Vegas, NV (July 9-12, 2003), the Billiard Image Campaign, instructors, referees, education, leagues and players.”

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CALIFORNIANS have won another World’s Senior Three-Cushion Championship. Don Schall won the 2002 tournament with a remarkable 1.480 average. Schall had a solo game of 37 points in 25 innings, which included a high run of twelve. Last year it was Allen Gilbert that captured the crown. The year before it was “Sudden Sam” Worley. Ex-Californian Bob Byrne won in 1999. Our 3-Cushion seniors are extraordinary - among the worlds best. The other top 2002 players were, Mark Hanson, Roger Shields, Ken Majewski & Walt Harris. Fort Lauderdale’s eighteen player event at Bill Maloney’s” Corner Pocket,” was our year’s highlight. The Chicago area was also well represented, thanks to Frank Bondzinski. We were fortunate to have a total of 92 entries this year. The 2002 Tour concludes with special thanks to Ken Majewski who updates our web page <> We’ll be celebrating our 5th year as the world’s only Senior 3-Cushion Tournament. As usual, we ask for your support for the 2003 season and hope many more will “catch the senior tour spirit” OTB Our crew extends a very happy new year to all.

ECONO LODGE RACKS IT UP From: Amy Long Director of Marketing & Business Development

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Worldwide lodging franchiser Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH) has signed a new agreement to market and advertise its Econo Lodge brand through the 2003 Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Open 9-Ball Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Billiards is an exciting and widely followed professional sport,” said Chris Arnett, director, economy brands for Choice Hotels. “Econo Lodge will use its involvement in 2003 to market our hotels to over 10 million billiard enthusiasts in the United States.” According to Arnett, primary marketing vehicles for the Econo Lodge brand during the event include the brand’s logo on a rotating billboard, on-site banners, and promotion via the BCA website. The 2003 BCA tournament is scheduled for May 11-17 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, with the televised matches taking place on May 16 and 17. The event hosts both Amateur 8-Ball, and Pro 9-Ball events, and attracts over 10,000 competitors. Nearly $1,000,000 prize money is awarded during the world’s largest billiard event. “We’re very motivated to work with Econo Lodge, and to partner into a program where the Billiard Congress of America can drive traffic to Econo Lodge brand hotels,” said Amy Long, marketing director for the BCA. “This is an opportunity to build a relationship with an outside-industry sponsor, where both parties can build business and enjoy growth.” Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH) franchises more than 5,000 hotels, inns, all-suite hotels and resorts open and under development in 46 countries under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Rodeway Inn, Econo Lodge and MainStay Suites brands. For more information on Choice Hotels, visit the company’s website at Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Clarion, Quality, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and MainStay Suites are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International, Inc. Copyright 2003 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Despite Slow Economy, Amateur Pool League Continues To Grow By: Jason Bowman - Public Relations Manager

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (January 15, 2003) Despite a relatively slow economy in 2002, the American Poolplayers Association (APA) continued to add to their substantial membership base. The world’s largest amateur pool organization ended 2002 with a record 216,664 active members, which marked a nearly 8.5% increase over their 2001 membership total. “With the economy struggling somewhat last year, we’re very proud of this accomplishment. Since our beginning more than 20 years ago, we’ve managed to see an increase in membership every year, which is a true testament to our dedicated group of local League Operators and national office staff,” said APA President Renee’ Poehlman. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pooll League throughout the Unite States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 215,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball league play. For more information about the APA, its amateur leagues and championships, visit the official APA Web site at < > or call 800-3-RACK-EM. OTB

The Future of the Game is in its Youth!!!!!

BCA Now Signing Up Host Sites for Junior National 9-Ball Qualifiers By: Amy Long Director of Marketing & Business Development

Colorado Springs, CO - The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) invites billiard rooms to host a BCA Junior National 9-Ball Qualifier in April, May or June 2003. It’s time for junior cueists to get out their pool cues and rack ‘em up to qualify for the BCA Junior National 9-Ball Championships scheduled for later in the year. Rooms may host qualifiers in three divisions: 18 & Under Open, 14 & Under Open and 18 & Under Girls. Players must be citizens of North America and must meet age requirements as of August 2, 2003. Girls are eligible to enter any of the divisions. Host sites must be BCA Room Operator Members. The complete schedule of qualifier host sites will be available on the BCA website ( in March 2003. Qualifier winners are eligible to compete in the 2003 BCA Junior National 9Balll Championships that will be held July 30 - August 2, 2003, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the Michigan Union Billiards and Game Room. Division winners of the 2003 BCA Junior National 9-Ball Championships will move on to compete at the 2004 World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) Junior World Championships (site and date to be determined), with expenses paid by BCA. To host a BCA Junior National 9-Ball Qualifier, contact Ms. Carrie Benson at 719.264.8300 or visit the BCA website ( to download a registration form. Qualifier site registration forms need to be completed and returned, with BCA Room Operator Membership dues, by March 1, 2003 to: Billiard Congress of America, Attn: Junior National Qualifiers 4345 Beverly Street, Suite D, Colorado Springs, CO 80918-5916 OTB

BCA CREATES JUNIOR PLAYER MEMBERSHIP By: Amy Long Director of Marketing & Business Development

Colorado Springs, CO - Stephen D. Ducoff, Executive Director of the Billiard Congress of America (BCA), announces a new BCA membership category for junior players (age 18 and under). “The BCA is focused on supporting youth in billiards through a variety of programs. The BCA Junior Player Membership will encourage young players to become involved in the sport as both a competitive and social activity,” said Mr. Ducoff. “We will also be able to tailor activities, promotions and programs to those active players 18 and younger.” Annual dues for a BCA Junior Player Membership are $15 and will allow juniors to play in BCA Junior National 9-Ball Qualifiers, held each year throughout the country in April, May and June. BCA Junior Player Members will receive product discounts with select BCA Business Members and an annual player package that includes a BCA rulebook, instructional booklet, membership card, patch and pin. “The BCA is creating programs for youth beyond qualifiers and national tournaments,” said BCA Youth and League Program Coordinator Carrie Benson. “We are developing high school curricula for physical education, math and physics. We have developed new criteria for educational scholarships, and we are working closely with The Boys and Girls Club of America to introduce the sport to a whole new generation.” OTB

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Suddenly I felt uncomfortable, the question lancing through me like a boil about to burst. “’Not important,” I said, “it was is in the past, and it’s best left alone.” I clipped the house cue against the wall rack and added, “it’s getting late, how about dinner?” “Sure,” she replied slowly, ponderously. Her elbow on the table, her fingers under her chin, her eyes gazing at me closely, studiously, “dinner sounds good.” Rising graciously, she proffered, “it sounds as though it’s hard for you. If you ever want to talk about it . . . well . . . that’s what friends are for, Carter.” “Not a big deal, Elizabeth,” I said, “there was a time when some folks thought I played very well . . . but that was a long time ago.” I eyed the door and said, “Ready?” “Carter,” she said warmly as she grabbed her purse then looked at me directly. “Yeah.” Her eyes drew me in . . . and spoke volumes to me. “You are very good, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.” “Thanks.” Grabbing her hand, I led her to the door. “There’s a quaint Italian food restaurant not to far from here, how’s that sound?” A patient smile eased over her face as she leaned her head on my shoulder and put an arm around my waist. Raising her hand, she rubbed her fingers together with her thumb and said with a strong accent, “Italiano eeees more than okay, Mr.Keating!” We laughed. And as we strolled to the car, my mind thought back to the thirty-four ball run. Not bad after almost three years, I thought. God, I missed the game. WE WERE IN MY APARTMENT OFF WESTHEIMER AND Woodway, near Chimney Rock. The walls were white, the ceilings tall, the carpet Berber. A month had passed by. I was in the living room, lacing up my Nikes, readying for a bike ride on the Memorial Park trail. The week before I had bought a used twentyseven speed Trec. After a morning of spit and polish, it looked brand new. Elizabeth was behind the kitchen counter stirring a pan of spaghetti sauce. Her flowing blonde hair fell softly down her neck over her shoulders. She had a look of peacefulness about her. A soft smile fell over her lips, one of those where her cheeks bubbled and her lips stayed together. It seemed perpetual. Her personality in the marketplace was deceptively charismatic. She was well liked. People saw her as gregarious. Yet at home it was soft and quiet. I liked that – it was part of the attraction. Five six, one hundred twenty pounds, she had shapely narrow hips, long legs, and modest but firm breasts. Her skin was fair, her arms lightly freckled, her hands soft, her nails manicured beautifully. Her large blue eyes sparkled, especially when we were together. She had been on my mind a lot lately. Law school had been on her mind, and maybe me, and I wondered if the match might work. Me on the police force, her as a lawyer. Articulate, moxy, and level headed, she’d be quite a catch. I wondered. “Dinner n’ about an hour?” she queried, her voice filtered softly through the Pavorotti CD playing in the background. Glancing up, I nodded and said, “Or less. Daylight’s probably gonna give out on me.” I pulled the shoelace tight, tied the knot, stood and tested my footing on the carpet. The scent of the spaghetti sauce found its way to my senses. “Smells delicious,” I said avariciously. She smiled, and kept stirring. “Carter?” Her tone implied an important question. Her eyes fixed on the sauce pan. “Yeah.” “A few weeks ago, when we were at Sharky’s ..” “Uh huh.” I held my breath, jerked my eyes toward the front window and exhaled. I swallowed. Outside along the sidewalk, the young, nubile trees were still, the traffic moved past them without hardly disturbing the leaves. A biker, his shoulders low to the handlebars, wheeled by with a colorful helmet on his head, his eyes fixed on the road. “Have you thought about working on your game?” I stood motionless for a moment then turned and said, “at times.” She stirred the sauce some more and asked, “How long has it been?” “Almost three years, Elizabeth . . . before Colombia.” “Uh huh.” Looking at her directly, I said, “after my time in Colombia and then Gracie, I lost my desire to play.” “Uh huh, can tell.” Clenching my lips, I said abruptly, “Listen Honey, I’d better go. Time’s getting away from me.”

The Pool Players Best Source of Information She kept stirring. After what seemed a long time but wasn’t, she looked up and added, “there was a poster in Sharky’s promoting the Coors Texas eight-ball tournament.” “Eight ball tournament?” “Un huh, about six weeks from now.” “Six weeks?” I frowned and shook my head. “Been too long, Elizabeth,” I said, “lost my zest for the game.” “Because of Gracie?” Shrug. “Maybe, probably more with Colombia.” Pause. “Think I’ve worked through my issues with Gracie, Lizie.” Pensive smile. I eyed her directly, “Gotta go, gonna be dark soon.” “Could think about signing up.” Pause. “Carter, I’d like to see you play again. I think it’s part of who you are.” Taking in a deep breath, I muttered, “I’ll think about it, Lizie,” and stepped to the door. “Promise?” She pleaded as I opened the door. “Promise.” I went to the garage, took the bike down from the rack and wheeled it out through the side door. Hopping on, I steadied myself on the seat, wiggled my helmet on my head, slipped my feet into the pedals, then wheeled to the corner, made the turn and headed east on Woodway. The sky was overcast, the temperature down a few degrees. Cars hummed by me, zipping hurriedly home as I dug into the pedals. Exhaust fumes slipped their way into my nostrils, but soon the peaceful trails of Memorial Park invited me into their world. The Eight Ball tourney was in six weeks, she said. The thought of resurrecting my game flashed my thoughts backwards to the Colombian jungles, college, Charley Sturgis and Jimmy the Stick Gadwell. The days when they taught me the game. Suddenly out of nowhere, it seemed as if a rush of fear had consumed me as flashes of the Columbia drug war raced through my mind. The leftist guerillas. So many had died. God, how did I survive? Flicking the Shamani gears in high, I pedaled down the hill toward the West Loop over to Memorial Park and shifted my thoughts to a green-felted playing field, with six pockets and six polished rails. I wondered . . . could I really get ready in six weeks? More than that, could I really compete? PART II in the March Issue - See ad page 5

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In My Opinion ...Attitude

Pool in Montana is no different than any other state! The term Master Players was being used so the bar owners could refuse players for certain reasons. Yes, they all paid their dues! But now the truth has to come out. Attitude. Yes, there are people considered Master Players or “A” Players from Great Falls, Missoula, Butte, Wise River, Laurel, Billings, Helena and Canada who have never been turned away from any tournaments. Then again there are a little handful that have been rejected. The real truth is their cocky, arrogant, rotten attitude. They know who they are! Such occasions of throwing the cue ball down the street, breaking their cues on a table or chair, throwing beer bottles, slamming the balls around the table, using the “F” word extremely loud, one time after another. They have their little temper tantrums all because they got beat or got a bad roll. They consistently complain about the lighting, the tables, the cloth, etc. Whether they know it or not there are young adults, sometimes minors or children who come to watch these Master Players play. Is this what we want to let them hear and see? I think not! They don’t need it. Yes, Montana is blessed with a few good, good players, while on the other hand we have some real good “AB” & even “C” players who will occasionally beat the Master Players. But then they have been considered to have “lucked out”. This has given them a little bit of confidence they may need to step it up a notch. Bragging is another reason they hate to see the Master Players come around. “I can beat this guy all day long or he won’t play me”, over and over, every time you see them it’s the same story. Who really cares? Jealousy is a big thing with them talking behind each others backs. Ladies and Gentlemen pool is starting to get big everywhere and it is up to us to give it the respected name it deserves. Every time we go to the table we are being judged and watched whether you know it or not. So win or lose, let’s shake hands and let the winner enjoy his win, even if it’s a once in a lifetime thing! Thank you for listening GTJ – Great Falls, MT Note: This author remains anonymous due to possible retaliation.



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balanced teams. The Time Out-Strokers took their first match to a Sudden Death 6th match, lead by Paul Thompson, and Tim Taylor who have fielded teams in the W.S.P.L. for 2 ½ years. They faced off in the Championship Final Match at 2:30pm Sunday afternoon. The first match between the two captains would set the pace! Both captains were undefeated up to this point, and the Face Off would be a turning point! Paul won the flip, and the finals were on. With a great break Paul managed to run the first rack down to the 8-ball but left himself a 90o cut. After studying his position; he still managed to cut the 8-ball straight into the corner pocket, but

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Poolhall Junkies Mars: “Yes, absolutely.” Cheese: “What gave you the idea for that?” Mars: “I always wanted to have my own pool hall and with a movie like this, with a national campaign behind it and millions of dollars in advertising, I figured it was a great business move. If anybody wants a Poolhall Junkies Pool Hall franchise in t h e i r hometown, all they have to do is call and we can set up a meeting about that. So if any of your readers, in your local towns, wants a franchise, including Christopher Walken as Mike yourself if you’re in Poolhall Junkies interested. What better, when people open up a new restaurant or a new pool hall they’ve got to do all kinds of advertising. Spend a lot of money, so all that money’s being spent, millions, millions of dollars, much more than they could ever dream of spending, creating. So it’s a good business venture for anybody. Cheese: “You already have the one open in Salt Lake and plans are for Vegas, Phoenix and LA?” Mars: “Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta, we have a lot of people all over the country. The phones are ringing off the hooks. You can call 800-994-2936, ask to speak to Dimitrios Deslis. He’s my business partner and he will send out a package of information. We have a video, some of the photos from the movie, the marketing paraphanelia to give out to some people. And in the Pool Halls we’ve got all the big Black & White still shots of the movie, behind the scenes camera footage and we’ve got the movie playing on the big screen TV mounted up by the ceiling.” Cheese: “How would you compare the movie to The Hustler or The Color of Money?” Mars: “The Hustler is such a great movie, it’s a classic. It’s one of the all time greatest movies ever made. I can’t … how can you compare yourself to Martin Scorscesi doing The Color of Money and Paul Newman again bringing back the roll and Tom Cruise are such great actors but I don’t really compare myself to either of the movies. I just try to make a good movie, a decent movie that people could enjoy and have fun watching it.” Cheese: “Some of the pool players who reviewed the movie considered Poolhall Junkies better than both of the movies, and most of them considered it to be as good as The Hustler and better than The Color of Money” Mars: “That’s very flattering. I’m glad that people liked it, but I try not to draw comparisons because so much of what is art is artistic interpretation. What I might like might not be what somebody else might like and so I don’t try to compare myself with anybody. I just try to do the best job that I can.” Cheese: “I heard there are going to be Poolhall Junkies Pool Tournaments?” Mars: “Oh yeah, there’s actually going to be a shot for a MILLION DOLLARS!”

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Cheese: “The same shot that was on the bank eight?” Mars: “I don’t know exactly what the shot’s going to be but I know that they are putting it all together now.” Cheese: “The last hustle shot is a more makable shot.” Mars: “Oh, yeah.” Cheese: “What’s your next film about?” Mars: “I haven’t decided which film I want to do next but there’s a good chance that … there’s a heist movie that I’ve written that seems to be getting a little bit of attention right now. It’s sort of like an Oceans Eleven type thing.” Cheese: “There is one other question. You know there’s a lot of players that are in leagues whether its APA, BCA, TAP or VNEA and their leagues got a big boost after The Color of Money. Do you think this will further pool playing on the average level, the bar room players?” Mars: “I know what The Color of Money did for the billiard industry after it came out and I know what the response from the public has been to screenings of this movie. Everybody wants to go play pool after they see Poolhall Junkies. I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be a benefit all around for pool in general every which way you slice it.” Cheese: “We received a copy of your movie Poolhall Junkies back in October and reviewed it with some of the pool players in the Northwest. Have you seen a copy of The Break?” Mars: “Yes, I got a copy of the December issue.”

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The Pool Whisperer . . . . . Lance McGill much to know. Here’s some of what to pay attention to. If you miss and leave the object ball on the short rail near your pocket: if you leave the cue ball at the long rail on your side you are leaving them a 2 rail bank. And if you take this same object ball and leave them away from that long rail ANYWHERE up table you’re leaving them that free “no, no” and a nothing to lose position. And let’s go over one more thing that puts you in a position to win more one pocket racks when you leave the work in this article. This tip will be ESPECIALLY GOOD for those of you that play on the same table regularly. And I promise you that when you use it you will be in racks immediately that you were not in yesterday. Please remember that I am only recommending this to those of you that are playing on the same table almost daily. For you nasty boys you have the touch and feel to use this anywhere so I would just suggest that when you’re on the road: warm up and read this shot without anyone knowing what you’re looking at. It should only take you 3-5 hits. Here’s the shot: first-from the spot that we all want to leave the opponent when we use the standard break, learn to get to their pocket with a 3-rail kick. You will be able to get behind that end ball that didn’t go (and came off of the short rail) with a good safety and likely you will have turned the break around. If you’re using this and it is the correct shot what you will be satisfied with is a BACKSCRATCH. GETTING THE GOOD SAFETY IS JUST A LUXURY. There are patterns in break shots that right from the start leave you in what looks like one of those positions where you gotta “go.” One option is to back scratch 2 and make’m run 10 instead of only having to run 8. The option that I like is to be willing to take the first back scratch like this and actually play for the safety. On a table that you know it is really easier than it sounds. Certainly easier when you design it as a back scratch and come out of it with a good hit. Learn, no, master this from 4 positions. If you do you will win games by being able to turn breaks around. Position #1 is at the diamond (3rd. down from your pocket) then each of the remaining 3 positions is one cue ball up toward your pocket. Learn to play this shot to hit anywhere from one and one-half diamonds from their pocket on the long rail. Do this work and I assure you that your wins will increase. So the third mistake that the newbies make is easily worked out. They shoot for nearly impossible safeties. When you

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think that the position is difficult look for a simple solution. I suggest doing so directly. Difficult to simple, that is a good sound text to eliminate the 3 one pocket “uglies.” The email votes that I received were well in favor of the poolroom etiquette over communication. I want this opportunity to be spent well and spent on teaching. If the next article is short enough I will include etiquette at the end of the one pocket instruction. I care that people get from my articles to winning more racks in as short a time as possible. I actually want it done in impossible time. For those of you that want to hold me to it or were looking forward to it email me and I’ll write and send the etiquette article to all of you at once. I have a favorite student this month and it’s because of her work ethic that I want to mention her. Martha Hartsell from the Eugene/Springfield area came up and worked this month. I can tell you that she is putting in every hour that is available to her. If she continues along that path and her opportunity stays in place she will get there. I encourage the pool community there to support her effort and they may one day be housing a player to be reckoned with. And now I have a story that’s about the language that you all seem to enjoy so much. I played a young man 9-ball recently and I only charged him $2.00 per rack. He liked the fact that I said that I won’t play you for $2.00, I will “charge” you........ So now he’s runnin’ around “chargin’” everybody. That however isn’t the language that I want to share with you. He was going into his jeans about every 3 minutes and we were really having a good time. After watching him go in his pockets over and over again, I said to him, “Hey, you know what? Why don’t me and you just trade pants?” I am soooo funny. For the record: consider for yourself the condition necessary for hating a person. No matter the experience. How can we do so without knowing everything......EVERYTHING about them? Your hating is akin to you taking the poison and expecting us to get sick. I am so out of hereOTB Do the work -- McGill

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LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME Java Billiards (See ad p13) (253) 939-6690 8-Ball “C” $5+$1 g.f. 6:30PM Good Time Ernie’s (See ad p6) (206) 248-1670 9-Ball $5 7:00PM Big Al’s (425) 347-1669 9-Ball Sc Dbls-Blnd Drw $10 $150 7:00PM Tall Timbers (See ad p6) (253) 952-2302 8-Ball SL2,3 + non-league $5 100% ($100 max) 7:00PM Longhorn (253) 581-2580 9-Ball $5 Pays 80% field 8:00PM River City (360) 424-3515 8 Ball - Women’s $5 100% 7:30PM Spotlight (See ad p18) (425) 277-7850 9-Ball $5 $100 min. 10 7:30PM Grand Central (See ad p24) (253) 863-2234 Spot Option - Limit 16 $5 100% 7:00PM City Lights (See ad p27) (253) 383-3301 8-Ball BCA Rules $7+$3 g.f. $150 7:30PM (509) 493-1939 8-Ball Jack & Jill $5/player $2.50/player 7:00PM Elkhorn (See ad p6) Tuesdays Royal Bear (See ad p22) (253) 939-3513 8 Ball - Call Pocket $5 Matching Midnight Big Al’s (425) 347-1669 9-Ball $10 100% 7:00PM Eli’s Road House (253) 859-1783 SL4 & under $5 50% ($200 max) 8:00PM (253) 472-3009 8 or 9-Ball $5 50% 8:00PM Oh Gallaghers (See ad p24) Pastime Tavern (509) 476-9974 8 Ball Draw Partner $5 7:00PM Spotlight (See ad p18) (425) 277-7850 8-Ball $5 $100 min. 10 7:30PM Wild Spirits (See ad p18) (425) 228-7950 8-Ball $5 100% 8:00PM (206) 365-1187 9 Ball - Texas Express $10M/$6W $25 7:30PM Dr. Cues (See ad p16) McQ’s (See ad p8) (509) 891-8357 9 Ball - Texas Express $5+$2 g.f. $50 7:30PM (253) 863-2905 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 Matching 7:00PM Log Cabin (See ad p25) Elkhorn (See ad p22) (509) 493-1939 9-Ball $5 $2.50/player 7:00PM Wednesdays Royal Bear (See ad p22) (253) 939-3513 10 Ball FREE $100 8:00PM Shotze’s (See ad p22) (360) 403-7665 8 Ball $7+$3 g.f. $7/player 7:00PM 8-Ball $5 7:00PM Good Time Ernie’s (See ad p6) (206) 248-1670 Big Al’s (425) 347-1669 8-Ball-Amateur Tourny $5 $150 7:00PM Tall Timbers (See ad p6) (253) 952-2302 8 Ball - Modified TAP $5 100% ($100 max) 7:00PM The Q’z (See ad p9) (253) 262-8437 8 Ball - Vegas Rules $5+$2 g.f. 50% w/16 7:00PM Eli’s Road House (253) 859-1783 Scotch Doubles $5 50% ($200 max) 8:00PM Longhorn Saloon (253) 581-2580 8 Ball - Open Tables $5 Pays 80% field 8:00PM Mountlake Terr. Richie D’s (See ad p4) (425) 670-9990 8-Ball $5 $250 w/16 7:00PM Okanogan The Club (See ad p22) (509) 422-1907 8 Ball Call Pocket FREE $5/player 7:00PM (253) 373-9999 9-Ball BCA Rules $10 $500 7:00PM Seatac Funsters (See ad p30) Spokane Sage Bar & Grill (See ad p22) (509) 534-9908 8-Ball Call Pocket $3 Matching 7:00PM (253) 383-3301 9 Ball - Texas Express $9 $150 7:30PM Tacoma City Lights (See ad p27) Tacoma Latitude 84 (253) 531-5154 8 Ball $5 $150 w/full field 8:00PM Thursdays Algona Royal Bear (See ad p22) (253) 939-3513 8 Ball - Call Pocket $5 Matching 8:00PM Kent Cue Lounge (See ad p11) (253) 872-3477 9 Ball $7+$2 g.f. $100 7:00PM Kent Eli’s Road House (253) 859-1783 8-Ball $5 50% ($200 max) 8:00PM Olympia Frankie’s (See ad p29) (360) 412-1330 9 Ball - Valley $5 Matching 7:00PM (253) 373-9999 8-Ball - BCA Rules $5 $500 6:30PM Seatac Funsters (See ad p30) Spokane Blue Keg (See ad p25) (509) 892-0598 8-Ball - Ball in Hand $0 $100 w/12 7:00PM (509) 891-8357 8 Ball - BCA $5+$2 g.f. $50 7:30PM Spokane McQ’s (See ad p8) Tacoma Cue & Cushion (See ad p25) (253) 536-1531 9 Ball $5+$2 g.f. $5/player 6:30PM (360) 256-1110 8 Ball - Call Pocket/Ball In Hand $3 $2/player 8:00PM Vancouver Spot Tavern (See ad p28) White Salmon Elkhorn (See ad p22) (509) 493-1939 8-Ball $5 $50+based on field 7:00PM (425) 481-7829 8 Ball-Vegas Call Pocket $5 50% 7:30PM Woodinville McCorry’s (See ad p25) Fridays Everett P C’s Pub (See ad p28) (425) 258-9465 8 Ball - Vegas Rules $5 100% w/20 8:00PM Robbie’s Ramblin Rose (See ad p25 ) (425) 339-8876 Pool Shoot $3 7:30PM Everett Kirkland Sluggers (See ad p11) (425) 821-6453 8-Ball Vegas Rules $5+$2 g.f. 100% 7:30PM Shorthorn Tavern (See ad p25) (509) 826-0338 8 or 9 Ball $5 7:00PM Omak Renton Mike’s Place (See ad p6) (425) 255-9213 8 Ball $5 100% w/16 7:00PM (509) 747-3080 8 Ball $5 $100 8:00PM Spokane Little Nickles (See ad p6) Vancouver Spot Tavern (See ad p28) (360) 256-1110 8 Ball - Call Pocket FREE $2/player 8:00PM Saturdays Auburn Java Billiards (See ad p13) (253) 939-6690 9-Ball - Texas Express $10 $50 w/8 min. 1:30PM Everett Robbie’s Ramblin Rose (See ad p25) (425) 339-8876 Pool Shoot $3 6:30PM (253) 839-9922 9-Ball $5+$2 g.f. $200 1:00PM Federal Way P J Pockets (See ad p13) Lakewood Oh Gallaghers (See ad p24) (253) 472-3009 8 or 9-Ball $5 50% 8:00PM (425) 670-9990 8-Ball $5 $250 w/16 7:00PM Mountlake Terr. 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LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED $30/$25 $1000 w/full field Club 91 (208) 237-9577 9-Ball (Fri) 8-Ball (Sat/Sun) Edge Casino (406) 449-4997 Bud Sautter Memorial $30 $300 Sacramento, CA Hard Times (See ad p5) (916) 332-8793 One Pocket/9-Ball $20 ea $300 ea Tacoma, WA City Lights (See ad p27) (253) 383-3301 Pechauer Tour Stop $60+$10 g.f. $2000 Okanogan, WA The Club (See ad p22) (509) 422-1907 9-Ball Texas Express $40 $500 Federal Way,WA Tall Timbers (See ad p6) (425) 952-2302 APA Qualifier Mixed Sc Dbls $20/team (406) 587-9996 Eagles Team Tourny $90 Bozeman, MT Eagles #326 (See ad p10) Casper, WY Rack-em Up (See ad p21) (307) 235-6574 Guts’ 9-Ball - Texas Exp $50+25+10 $$$ Kelso, WA Maltese (360) 577-0098 9-Ball $50+$10 g.f. Limit 64 Arlington, WA Longhorn (360) 653-4760 Fingerpool Championship $3 Trophy/Prizes Kalispell, MT Terry David Mem. (406) 752-3406 8-Ball Men’s & Women’s $15+$10 g.f. $$$ (509) 891-8357 9-Ball Class “C” $40 $2900 payout Spokane, WA McQ’s (See ad p8) Oxnard, CA Hollywood Billiards (See ad p22) (805) 487-2056 9-Ball $35 $1500 w/64 Redmond, OR City Slickers (541) 923-2231 9-Ball Mixed Sc Dbls $60 Renton,WA Sunset Billiards (See ad p21) (425) 255-7225 8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles $25/couple $100 w/16 Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (See ad p18) (650) 965-3100 One Pocket/9-Ball $20 ea $300 ea Portland, OR JoQ’s (See ad p13) (503) 287-4210 8-Ball Scotch Doubles $5/player Trophies/Prizes Spokane, WA McQ’s (See ad p8) (509) 891-8357 9-Ball Mixed Scotch Dbls $50 $2000 payout Woodinville, WA McCorry’s (See ad p25) (425) 481-7829 Mixed Scotch Doubles $35/player Limit 16 teams Butte, MT Mr Ed’s (See ad p6) (406) 782-3700 Scotch Doubles $20 $200 w/15 Ilwaco, WA Sea Hag (See ad p22) (360) 642-5899 Men’s Team (5 Person) $50 Great Falls, MT Classic 50’s (See ad p25) (406) 453-0136 8-Ball Doubles $40 $300 Bozeman, MT Eagles #326 (See ad p10) (406) 587-9996 State Womens Doubles $20 $600+ (406) 259-8627 8-Ball Open Doubles $30 $500 Billings, MT Bullwackers (See ad p19) Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (See ad p18) (650) 965-3100 Pechauer Tour Stop Call $1500 Spokane, WA McQ’s (See ad p8) (509) 891-8357 9-Ball Class “D” $25 $1000 payout Lincoln City, OR Western BCA League Operator 8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles Call $$$ Lincoln City, OR Western BCA League Operator 8-Ball Men’s/Women’s Singles Call $$$ Lincoln City, OR Western BCA League Operator 8-Ball Men’s/Women’s Teams Call $$$ When in Lincoln City for the WBPPA stay at The Liberty Inn - See ad page 32 Bellflower, CA BCA Qualifier (See ad p16) (562) 867-7733 9-Ball at Hard Times $50+$20 g.f. $1000 Sacramento, CA Hard Times (See ad p5) (916) 332-8793 One Pocket/9-Ball $20 ea $300 ea Reno, NV Bar Table Champ. (See ad p30) (866) 386-7829 9-Ball Division @ Sands $100 $10,000 Billings, MT Big Sky Open (See ad p13) (406) 208-0678 8 Man Team $150 $$$ Reno, NV Bar Table Champ. (See ad p30) (866) 386-7829 8-Ball Division @ Sands $100 $10,000 Everett, WA Shotze’s (See ad p21) (425) 220-9051 9-Ball Spring Classic $65 $1,000 w/32 Bozeman, MT Eagles #326 (See ad p10) (406) 587-9996 8-Ball Open Doubles $30 $200 Limit 24 Oxnard, CA Hollywood Billiards (See ad p22) (805) 487-2056 9-Ball $35 $1500 w/64 Columbia Falls, MT River Bridge (See ad p18) (406) 892-2181 8-Ball Men&Women $25+$5 g.f. $200 min. Lynnwood,WA Daverthumps (See ad p9) (206) 595-3391 8-Ball BCA $35 $1500 payout Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (See ad p18) (650) 965-3100 One Pocket/9-Ball $20 ea $300 ea (509) 891-8357 9-Ball Class “B” $40 $2900 payout Spokane, WA McQ’s (See ad p8) Woodinville, WA McCorry’s (See ad p25) (425) 481-7829 8-Ball Round Robin $35/player Limit 16 players San Diego, CA BCA Qualifier (See ad p16) (619) 583-6361 9-Ball at College Billiards $50+$10 g.f. $1000 Butte, MT Mr Ed’s (See ad p6) (406) 782-3700 8-Ball Open Doubles $40 Based on teams Ilwaco, WA Sea Hag (See ad p22) (360) 642-5899 Men’s Team (5 Person) $50 Great Falls, MT Classic 50’s (See ad p25) (406) 453-0136 8-Ball Singles $20 $300 Libby, MT Tom Scott Mem. (See ad p20) (406) 293-1283 8-Ball Men & Women $25 $800+ Shoreline, WA NWPA (See ad p19) (206) 465-5484 9-Ball @ Dr Cue’s Call $500 minimum Great Falls, MT T J’s Lounge (See ad p7) (406) 727-1800 8-Ball Open & Women $40/$30 $1500 w/64 Salem, OR NWPA (See ad p19) (206) 465-5484 9-Ball @ The Cue Ball Call $500 minimum Calgary,AB,Canada Great White Billiards (See ad p32) (403) 253-1830 9-Ball Canadian Open $250 Canadian $10,000 guar. 1st Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (See ad p18) (650) 965-3100 One Pocket/9-Ball $20 ea $300 ea League Operator National Singles/Doubles Call $$$ Las Vegas, NV APA Nationals (See ad p2) Ilwaco, WA Sea Hag (See ad p22) (360) 642-5899 Women’s Team (5 Person) $50 Great Falls, MT Classic 50’s (See ad p25) (406) 453-0136 8-Ball Doubles $40 $300 Ellensburg, WA WAMOA (See ad p14) (509) 326-1551 8-Ball - WA State Champ. Qualify $$$ Lewistown, MT MCMOA (See ad p26) (406) 442-7088 8-Ball - MT State Champ. Qualify $20,000 full field Las Vegas, NV BCA Nationals (See ad p16) League Operator Singles/Doubles/Teams Call $$$ Great Falls, MT Classic 50’s (See ad p25) (406) 453-0136 8-Ball Singles $20 $300 Ilwaco, WA Sea Hag (See ad p22) (360) 642-5899 Men’s Team (5 Person) $50 Las Vegas, NV VNEA Nationals League Operator Singles/Doubles/Teams Call $$$ Everett, WA Shotze’s (See ad p21) (425) 220-9051 9-Ball $60 $1,000 w/64

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