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SANTOS SAMBAJON GOES UNDEFEATED by Doug Wu play on some of the toughest equipment Mountain View, CA (WCPP) January 18, around. The play here this weekend was 2011 – The 2nd Annual Chet Itow Memorial like a microcosm of what you might expect Tournament was held at California Billiard in world class play. The 4″ pocketed Gold Club in Mountain View this past weekend, Crown III tables, setup by the top table drawing together some of the finest players mechanic and player Ernesto Dominguez, on the west coast. California Billiard Club was do not easily lend toward run-outs, so we the result of Chet Itow’s vision of providing saw a lot of tight play, safety battles, as the west coast with a great poolroom geared well as tough shotmaking and position towards pool players, spectators, and play throughout the matches. Similarly, recreational players alike. After a long and we would find three Filipinos in the final courageous battle with cancer, Chet passed six, Deo Alpajora meeting up with Santos away on August 30, 2009. Although Chet is Sambajon on the winners side prior to the no longer with us, his legacy and vision has hot seat match, with Santos emerging on been carried on by CBC’s new owner, Chris top, and Gerardo Jamito edging out Amar Swart. Kang to play Santos for the hot seat. As opposed to last year’s setbacks for HOT SEAT MATCH Santos Sambajon, Chris Swart, & Oscar Dominguez pool with such things as the disappointing SANTOS SAMBAJON VS. GERARDO cancellation of the CPPT Northern JAMITO California regional finals and the lack of payout monies for the USPPA Reno ProSantos would come out of the gate to win the first game, but Gerardo would Am, Chris’s commitment to pool on the west coast has shown through. Chris and win the next two to take the lead 2-1. Games were traded back and forth, this California Billiard Club have been working with Bob Bealieau and his WorldPPA continued until Gerardo got ahead 5-4, Santos won the next three games to get tournament handicapping system to offer something to the lower echelon players, to the hill first at 7-5. After missing the 5 due to getting jacked up over the 8, and now with the Chet Itow Memorial as an open he has something substantial Santos handed over a game to Jamito to bring the score to 7-6. Gerardo pushes to offer the players higher up on the totem pole. Although last year’s Chet Itow out when the 2-9 combo lay available. Santos decides to give the shot back to Memorial Tournament drew more players (153) being a handicapped format, this Gerardo. who then executes a perfectly hit yet highly improbable bank the 1 ball year’s tournament drew a 93 player field of many of the top players from all over into a 2-9 combo to tie the game 7-7. The last game, although an exciting battle, California to the double elimination, race to 8 on both sides format. Simon Pickering had an ugly end with a missed 8 by Gerardo that was partially obstructed by the and Stan Tourangeau made the trip from Canada, as well as Bobby Emmons 9 to allow Santos to claim the hot seat. from Arizona. All players received a free t-shirt with their entry, and Mark Griffin LOSER’S SIDE FINAL donated a seat to the upcoming U.S. Bar Table Championships this February in OSCAR DOMINGUEZ VS. GERARDO JAMITO Reno to the winner of the tournament. In addition to the format change, the pool They exchanged turns at winning. At 3-3 Gerardo breaks the pattern and takes action was live streamed on All these factors momentum with two wins in a row to take the lead 5-3. With the score 6-4, Gerardo combined created a level of energy and excitement as the weekend began felt by breaks the 3 into the corner and safes Oscar on the 7. Oscar fouls, and Gerardo both players and spectators alike. These changes also set the stage for people to takes ball in hand and begins to run out only to miss a long 5 to the corner. Oscar watch some really great pool. inched closer trailing 6-5. Gerardo wins the next game to get to the hill first 7-5. In fact the action was so good that several locals who were watching the Oscar wins the next three games to advance on to play Santos in the finals, live stream at home drove themselves to the hall to see it for real. The growing sending Gerardo home with 3rd place and $850 cash. occupancy in the house even caused the owner Chris Swart to decide to move FINALS MATCH the camera for the live streaming table to another location to ease congestion and OSCAR DOMINGUEZ VS. SANTOS SAMBAJON improve viewability to the delight of the paying customers at his establishment. It was well past midnight going into the finals match. Coming from the loser’s After a peak of 111 viewers, about 80 viewers hung on until the sweet bitter end, side, Oscar would have to defeat Santos two sets. Oscar did not disappoint us as around 3:30AM PST. he got some wings after being rejuvenated with a red bull to take the first three Railbirds packed the house and were not disappointed as we saw a lot of great games. Oscar continued to lead the match up until 6-2 and seemingly convinced the audience that he would force a second match. Santos inched closer to 6-3 after first missing a makeable 9 and then having Oscar accidentally leave a 9 Hours: hung in the corner on a failed safety attempt. A dry break allowed Oscar to run out 11:30AM-2AM the next rack to get to the hill. Santos then managed to win the next 5 consecutive games to overcome a serious deficit to win the tournament. 1st $2000 Santos Sambajon+(1) Entry to 2011 U.S. Bar Table 2nd $1350 Oscar Dominguez 3rd $850 Geraldo Jamito 4th $550 Amar Kang 881 E. El Camino Real 5-6 $400 Frank Nordmann, Deo Alpajora Mountain View, CA. 94040 7-8 $300 Louis Ulrich, Brian Parks (650) 965-3100 9-12 $200 Fred Stanfield, Rylan Hartnett, Jeff Heath, Ernesto Dominguez Worldppa on Saturdays: 6pm sign-ups and 7pm start-Entry $11-race to 5 13-16 $100 Billy Palmer, Jared Williams, Bobby Emmons, Marshall Williams Last Sat of the month $100 added and the entry will be $22 17-24 $50 Simon Pickering, Daniel Busch, Sy Nakashima, Stan Tourangeau, Frank Robutz 10 ball on Sundays: 6pm sign-ups and 7pm start-Entry $10-race is 5 Thanks to Kenny Koo, Jeff Gregory, John Henderson, Daniel Busch, Louanne Last Sun. of the month $100 added and the entry will be $20 LaFlamme, Bernie Garma, and especially Alex Bradley for their commentary, Ken Mendoza of Jaide Billiard Service for on-site cue repairs , Chris, Ben & the staff at CBC, and Bob Bealieau of the WorldPPA for his fine photography work. Special thanks to Mark Griffin for donating a seat to the upcoming 18th Annual U.S. Bar One Pocket Saturday & Sunday Table Nationals this February 21-27. $40 entry - Double Elimination - Race to 3 - Starts 1pm For more information, $400 ADDED GUARANTEED Doug Wu of West Coast Digital Gurus is an avid amateur pool player and the man behind the scenes of West Coast Pool Players.

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Ten Years and Counting by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow My wife and I are celebrating 10 calendar years, a full decade of publications of “The Break”. There are two main reasons why “The Break” has been successful. First, the advertisers and sponsors of pool tournaments throughout the past ten years that have had the foresight and understanding of what it takes to promote and run tournaments, leagues and a successful business. Second, the players that have the need to compete and win whether it’s league championships or local, state, regional or national tournaments. I want to take this time to say thank you for your support and belief in “The Break”. I also want to thank Mary, my wife, because without you it wouldn’t have been as fun or even possible. Below you will find the evolution of what we started over ten years ago and what I have been proud and honored to be a small part of, the pool communities. The idea to publish “On The Break” was started because of the void that was left when “The Cueball Gazette” went out of business. This was an opportunity for us to reach out to all of the Northwest and cover all the tournaments and events in the region. We were publishing the “Pool Tournament Magazine” which listed many of the larger tournaments in the upper Rockies ( a four state area) a full year in advance. Our biggest drawback to that was tournament directors didn’t always know a year in advance when their tournament would be held. As a result pool players were missing information about tournaments! The first issue of “On The Break” was printed in September of 2000 with 16 pages (4 color pages) and 30 some advertisers and has grown into the publication it is today. We currently publish 32 pages - all in color! Our immediate coverage area was Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. For the first seven years, I traveled over 2,000 miles each month delivering “The Break” from Montana to Seattle, Portland to Salem and back to Montana. I met along the way some of the best players and owners. It’s been over three years since I delivered on a regular basis. I still

sometimes miss it. But not delivering allowed us to keep the ad prices down and not have to raise them to keep up with the economy. “On The Break” was originally conceived to be a quarterly publication. We recognized quickly that this was not enough and the pool players needed information on a more regular basis. Issue 2 came out as JanFeb 2001 followed by Issue 3 March 2001 and we were monthly from there on out. The “On” was dropped in October of 2002 because of the confusion with a similarly named publication serving much of the same area. The confusion and the competition proved beneficial to us because it always gave us the incentive to push the envelope and become a better publication by covering more area with more information and to get that information to the players quicker. They always said that competition can make you better. Cosmetically “The Break” has gone through a few changes over the years. The original header was replaced in September of 2001. The “wave” was replaced with a simpler, more direct header. We tinkered with smaller changes to the header, players photos around the words, previews to what was inside but the basic tabloid format stayed the same. In December of 2004, we started what was to evolve into the “look” of the magazine today. We took a tabloid and made the front page one full photo, no articles, no stories, just one photo, similar to a magazine, only larger. “The Break” would remain this way, with the exception of a font change on the header in August of 2006, until December when the format was completely changed from tabloid to magazine style. The paper was no longer folded but opened to be read like a magazine. The final change to “The Break” came with a redesign of the header in February of 2008 and has remained basically the same to this day. Minor changes are done each month, color, stroke, bevel, background to give the magazine a fresh look each month but the basic style remains the same. We were never happy to keep “The Break” the same and were always “tweeking” the magazine to be a little better. We read, observed and expanded upon presentations that we saw everyday in life to see how they could make “The Break” better. Advances in technology have given us more opportunities to reach more pool players. A website,, was established in 2002 to showcase “The Break” and to allow those pool players who could not (Ten Years continued on page 7)

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pick up a copy in their local poolroom the ability to read everything online. This proved to be a very innovative way to bring pool to the players. We evolved from copying pages as text to webpages (which took a very long time to code and to load) to the format today where you can read online or download a PDF of the magazine just as it appears in print and read it at your leisure just as if you held it in your hands. And there are no



throw away! Innovative websites have made the reading of magazines online easier to do and are one of the reasons that “The Break” has changed even more. Readers and apps now make enjoying each issue of “The Break” a snap. You can read it online with your computer, on your phone, ipad or other media that connects to the internet. The ever-advancing internet and creative ways to access information, have resulted in more pool players being able to read, follow and plan for tournaments and events around the area, region and even the nation. We now boast an online readership of over 40,000 per month, coupled with 10,000 printed copies distributed throughout the Western United States. All in all “The Break” continues to grow each month and carry the word to the pool players about what is happening. This could not be possible without the advertisers who have supported us and shown their support of the players and the pool community.

If locations didn’t sponsor tournaments and special events we would have nothing to promote and the players would have no where to compete. I look forward to the future of pool and “The Break” to see how far we can go in bringing tournaments, results and pool news to the players. In the March 2011 Issue of The Break you will find another change. This change has been my dream from the beginning. I have been patient with the growth and the acceptance both from the players as well as our family of advertisers. This change will be very noticeable. I would like anyone to give us your comments good or bad so we can bring to you the very best that is possible. Please email all comments to: Our Mission Statement: “The Break” is dedicated to the advancement of the sport of pool and to promoting enthusiasm and encouragement among the players at all levels, regardless of their league affiliation, in addition to recognizing those businesses who support us all.


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DVPL women’s summer session came to an end September 2010 after fourteen weeks of play. Twelve teams signed up for the summer fun and new mixes came up ahead taking the top places. Let us take a minute to congratulate the team from Cue N Brew led by Jenny McCary which recruited veterans Stacy Wilson and Darla Decker giving this mix a more aggressive tone. Diane Fredmen and Tina Lux, were also part of this mix. The number two spot went to Tina’s mix which was sponsored by the Office Bar. The team was composed by Tina Mendoza, Bonnie Plowman, Tracy Datuin, Tammy Moreda, and Tiffany Walker. Third place went to Erins team with Leslie Armstrong, Shawn Modello, Deanna Spoomer and Cathy Reeves. They had the lead most of the PAYOUTS 1ST $1,075 2ND $807 3RD $699 4TH $538 5TH $457 6TH $403 7TH $350 8TH $309 9TH $255 10TH $215 11TH $161 12TH $108

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summer, but teams rallied during the last few weeks to change the standings as the position round approached and the handicap got heavier to carry. Cony’s mix full of veterans Holly Robinson, Annette Woods, Kacie Ragen and Lauren Rutkovitz were able to rally on the last 4 weeks winning 4 rounds and climbed up to 4rth spot after having a very slow summer. Another Mix that excelled and had a good summer was Barbara’s mix. She has an always dangerous group of shooters Teresa Teague, Mary Jackson and Roxanne Skane. This women’s league runs a 135% handicap system. Every one pays $45 a session for league sanctioning and score keeper fees.

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Product Review Simonis X-1

by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow

I was skeptical about this product and whether it could clean my pool table cloth or not, so I put it to the test. It was amazing! I loved it. It fit easily in my hand and I was able to clean my table with very little effort. When I finished I turned the X-1 over and was shocked to see the amount of chalk dust it had picked up. It did however turn a little blue which is normal and didn’t effect the ability to clean at all. If you are serious about taking care of your table this is the product to use.

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Slug Doctor Tight Rack System by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow I had the opportunity to test out the Slug Doctor System and see for myself how worked. I received a package that contained the Slug Doctor Template and to my amazement “hole reinforcements”. I was very skeptical that these tiny stick on “holes” would hold anything, let alone a pool ball in place to make a tight rack. After aligning the template to make sure the “holes” were placed in the proper place on the table, I proceed to apply the “holes” using the punch provided. It was simple and easy to do. I used a ball to adhere the “hole” securely to the cloth. Now it was time to test the “holes” to see if they would throw an object ball or the cue ball if it was rolled slowly over the “hole”. I was not able to do it either by stroking the ball or rolling it across by hand. I ran my hand over the “holes” to see if I could feel them. While I knew they were there, it was very hard to detect them by touch. The “holes” did not appear to move except when I lifted them with my fingernail to remove them. I decided to rack a game of 10-Ball. I started at the head and moved to the back of the rack placing the balls in one at a time. I found that if I placed the balls from the middle out on the later rows, the outside balls seemed to “snug” the rack after they were placed. It was as if all the balls were drawn into each other. This was the same for a 9-Ball rack. These are what the current design of the Snug Doctor was made for, but I wanted to try it on a rack of 8-Ball. I was able to add the extra 4 balls to complete a full rack but I would have liked to have had a template available to place “holes” down for those balls as well. I have used the same “holes” over and over again, game after game, with no noticeable wear. I cleaned my table without removing the “holes” to see what would happen and nothing moved or was disturbed. The Slug Doctor is a great aid in creating a tight rack and gives you the opportunity to see the action after the break when the rack is tight. This can be a great learning tool. The only drawback I see is that if you play in tournaments or league you may not have the opportunity to use the Snug Doctor and your rack will be subject to your own racking or your opponents ability to rack well. You can order the Slug Doctor Tight Rack System at Read the testimonial and watch the video. It sells for $24.95 which includes the shipping.


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Ask the Viper


By Mellissa Little, Ask the Viper

Can a person without natural talent rise to the professional level with hard work?” John S. – Denver


People from all walks of life have deliberated over natural talent vs. hard work. In my opinion, even though there are natural born pool players, it is the dedication and hard work that gets them to the championship level. I think the natural Melissa Little player can get to the pros a little bit faster but a person who works hard on there game will eventually get there. Either way it takes an enormous about of work for both. Over the past decade I have been playing on the WPBA pro tour and have noticed that are a few players without natural talent but who have dedicated their game to hard work and it’s paid off. I think its very important to set some goals and then dedicate your time to hard work and in due time the rest will come. If you place all of your energy on a trophy prize then you set yourself up for disappointed. My goal is not to be the number 1 ranked player in the World but to become the BEST pool player that I can be. If I dedicate my time and energy to hard work then that championship titles will come. Be patient and ponder on your thinking. Trophies, rankings, and prizes are just materialistic items. But what counts is that you chose to play a game with passion!! Its not the end result of a championship but what it takes to get you there. The true trophies are built upon memories, places traveled, and even that awesome shot that you made during pool league. Those are the things that really matter… Best of luck to you, Viper If you have a question for “The Viper” please e-mail them to Melissa Little at Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is currently the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit:

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Control it or Ignore it By Samm Diep © January 2011

You play pool because it’s fun. There’s also a part of you that enjoys the problemsolving aspect of the game. Your brain looks at the table and begins finding solutions to the puzzle. You can’t control it. That’s just how it works. It’s a game, which means there’s ultimately a winner. Your brain automatically begins to troubleshoot all the possible scenarios and outcomes to determine a way to the finish line. What it’s overlooking is one significant detail. Your subconscious does not Samm Diep distinguish between can and cannot, e.g. things that you can or cannot control. Therefore, your brain will automatically attempt to fix anything, even if it may be out of your control. In the problem-solving mode, the brain is involuntarily seeking solutions to ‘problems.’ In most cases, the problems may be how to get from the 3 ball to the 4 ball or should I bank this ball or play a safety? What you may not realize is that your brain will continue working overtime to address your other needs. Such as, the tables are awfully close together or these balls are terribly dirty. There may be other valid concerns that your brain will want to manage. It’s instinctive to react when you’re uncomfortable or displeased with your surroundings, without considering whether or not they are even within your control. Instead, before changing your behavior to accommodate for the circumstances, ask yourself if what you’re reacting to is in your jurisdiction? If you are reacting to something that you cannot control then you shouldn’t be reacting at all because if it was out of your control to begin with, it will still be out of your control after you react. Okay, let’s review. Things you cannot control: • Your opponent plays a safety on you • Your opponent is running out on you • The table rolls to the left • The spectators are being very loud • Your opponent misses and accidently hooks you Things you can control: • Making the best educated decision possible on how to make a good hit • Studying the table and being prepared for your next opportunity • Making a mental note to yourself and playing your next shot wisely • Giving extra focus and attention to your mechanics and followthrough • Taking deep breaths and remaining calm so you can think clearly and deliberately The next time you’re in a match and you catch yourself distracted by something. First, ask yourself, “Is this something I can control right now?” If the answer is no, then just do your best and quit inviting unnecessary stress. If the answer is yes, then do what you can to address the issue. Control what you can and only focus on the things that can be controlled.

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Pitching Curve Balls By: Bob Jewett

San Francisco Billiard Academy Can you make the object ball curve? There are some easy ways and some other ways that may be impossible. Usually you want the object ball to take as straight a line as possible. This makes planning shots much easier. Sometimes you would like the ball to curve some, and then you Bob Jewett need to be creative. The table can help in some situations. I first learned to play on a table that was tilted enough that if you shot a ball off the spot from the kitchen, you could aim full at the ball and by the time the cue ball got there, it would have moved a half a ball off-line which is just what you want for that cut shot. When playing a straight-in shot, like the one ball in the diagram shooting with the cue ball at A, all you had to do was shoot straight at the one ball with the right speed. The cue ball would curve a little to the left in the short distance to the one ball, the one ball would go to the right around the two and then take a big curve to the left to get to the pocket. For your next shot, you could play the two ball slowly along the rail with just enough speed to get to the side pocket, where it would take a hard left turn and score. While such conditions can be ? amusing and even help you trim the B suckers, they are not exactly pool. A more legitimate way to make an object ball curve is to have it hit a cushion The one ball is exactly one ball off the cushion. while rolling smoothly on the cloth. Just The two ball is frozen to the bank a ball three cushions around the cushion. Make the one ball in the corner, but table and watch carefully as it comes not by jumping it over off the third rail -- it will hook five or ten the two. Put the cue ball where you like. degrees right after the rail contact. On new, slippery cloth, the hook might last for a foot of travel depending on the speed. 2 Similarly, if you shoot an object 1 ball to travel a fair distance and it hits another object ball, it will curve after the collision due to the follow it has picked up from the cloth. A On strongly napped snooker cloth, the ball is said to curve depending on whether it is running with or against the nap, but I’ve never seen a noticeable effect. But the most interesting kind of object ball curve is the sort shown in the diagram. Is it possible to get some kind of spin on the object ball, presumably by putting the opposite kind on the cue ball, to make it curve over enough to go into the pocket? There are some very good players who claim to be able to do such shots, but I’ve never seen it demonstrated. I played with the shot for hours after first hearing the claim and the best I could ever do was maybe a quarter-inch of curve in six feet. Considering how many times I ran the one ball partly into the two in the attempts, one very slight success is not promising. Maybe I just didn’t have the right idea about cue ball placement and spin -- I put the cue ball as shown and usually used right English. To see your progress, freeze a third ball to the cushion at B and see how much of it you can hit. So, here’s deal: if you can teach me how to make the one ball legally and consistently on good equipment with curve -- jumping the one over the two is easy but that’s not what I’m after -- I’ll buy dinner the next time we’re in the same place. You get to pick the restaurant, but your share has to be less than two Ben Franklins. REJ

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third place, as he could not hold off Cramer either. Rick Cramer of Harrison, Idaho, In the championship match, a goes coast to coast through the fatigued Cramer finally cooled off. loser’s bracket only to lose to He gave up a series of missed Curtis Fleck of Creston, British shots, whiffed safeties, misplayed Columbia, of the championship leads and ball-in-hand opportunities match in the open 10-ball tournament to a rested Fleck, who capitalized on held at Black Diamond Billiards and Cramer’s missteps. Fleck handily Eatery in Spokane, Wash. on Jan. won the championship match 7-1. 15. Event organizers were Brian and Fleck beat some of the top Alicia Kvasnicka. The tournament Spokane-area shooters to finish the was played by Billiard Congress of tournament undisputed. Cramer’s America rules on 9-foot Brunswick appearance in the championship Gold Crown tables with Redmatch came with considerably more Circle cue balls and an alternating effort. break. Entry The total purse for this Cramer lost his first match 7-3 to tournament was $625. The race Yo Jones, of Spokane, Wash. The was to seven on the winner’s side Curt Fleck setback was minor as Cramer quickly and to five in the loser’s bracket. found his stroke, winning the next The next event at Black Diamond is seven consecutive matches in the loser’s bracket. There, he would take a mixed scotch-doubles 8-Ball tournament scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13. on the loser of the match for the driver’s seat. The race will be to three on both sides of the bracket. Entry fee is $25 per In a quarterfinal match on the winner’s bracket, Fleck squeaked by team with no green’s fees and no money added. For questions call (509) last month’s 8-Ball champ, Ken Trambitas of Spokane, Wash., 7-6. Fleck 891-8357. then took on Jasoné Defillipis of Spokane, Wash., for the driver’s seat Black Diamond Billiards is located at 9614 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, and won 7-3. Wash. In the loser’s bracket, with Trambitas and Defillipis vying to get back PAYOUTS: into the championship match, a soaring Cramer continued working 1st $300 Curtis Fleck through the B-side. He eliminated Trambitas, 5-3 and routed Jason 2nd $175 Rick Cramer “Buddha” McGlocklin of Spokane, Wash., 5-1. The loss gave “Buddha” a 3rd $100 Jasoné Defillipis fourth place finish. Cramer then eliminated Defillipis 5-2, who finished in 4th $50 Jason “Buddha” McGlocklin

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APA JUNIOR TOURNAMENT On January 15th, Full Splice Billiards in Lakewood, WA hosted a Junior Tournament. The APA of Pierce County ran the Tournament using their Junior League rules. This meant there was no minimum age, 20 was the maximum age limit. Participants played a race to 2, 8 Ball format. Players ranged from 10 to 17 years of age. Craig Rittel, owner of Full Splice donated a pool glove to each of the junior’s and there were trophies for the top three finishers. Doug Medling volunteered his day to assist and

Matt, 1st Place

make sure all the players enjoyed themselves. Congratulations to Matt, age 17 who won first place, Mykaela, age 17 second and Shawn, age 10 who finished third. Pierce County APA is starting a Junior League Division in mid February. Anyone interested, go to for more information, to contact or sign up.

Mykaela, 2nd Place


It may have been the lazy Sunday end of the New Year’s weekend, but the straight-pool aficionados competing in the first 1st Sunday tournament of 2011 brought unusual energy, focus and determination. The over-all quality of the play is indicated by one statistic: In the sixteen matches played, there were fourteen 20+ runs scored among six of the eight players, with 29’s by Paul Marquez and Buzz Poleson. Darin Walding delighted the railbirds with several unexpectedly explosive break shots, as well as the shot of the day: a beautiful masse-kickcombo run-saver. Buzz Poleson generously demonstrated another rarity: the seldom-seen 3-scratches-in-a-row to start his first match 18 in the hole. By the end of the day, a lot of stories had been swapped, a lot of good food and drink was enjoyed, and best of all, a lot of good pool was shot. 1st - $45 - Buzz Poleson 2nd - $35 - Vinny Mellott 3rd - $25 - Darin Walding 4th - $15 - Paul Marquez

Shawn, 3rd Place

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Opal-APA Captain & Co-Captain Tournament Story & Photos By: Merle Humphreys The first Saturday beginning a new session has always been reserved as the OPAL day of appreciation for all those who commanded teams the previous Fall session. On Saturday Jan 10th KC’s Midway in Oregon City hosted our OPAL-APA CaptainCo-Captain tournament. We had 34 participants paying down in the field to the top 16 players or 48% of the field. With the $15 per player entry, and $90 in added money from KC’s Midway, & OPAL we had a total payout purse of $ 590. The 34 player tournament chart was modified single elimination which meant that every player was guaranteed to play at least two times, but beginning the 3rd round in the winners side it then became single elimination. The format was patterned similar to that of the US Amateur in that both 8-Ball and 9-Ball games were usually played. The winner of the lag had first choice of either to break or to name the game. Skill level 2 & 3’s had to win two games; Skill Level 4 & 5’s had to win 3 games; and Skill level 6 & 7’s had to win 4 games. After the initial break—it was loser’s break thereafter thus preventing anyone from being able to string racks one after the other without the opponent possibly getting a turn at the table. The final results were as follows: David (SL-7) Scarth who was Captain of Sam’s “Secret Society” in the Parkrose division, found that his journey to the finals also included a “BYE” in round one then his 4-2 defeat against Rick sent him over to face Scott (SL-4) Hawley in the one loss side. In a 4-1 smashing, David sent Hawley howling out the door to home to take the winner’s side point and move back to the front side to face Eric (SL-7) Soumokil.

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The match went double hill, but David narrowly escaped with the 4-3 win. Next came spicy Dana (SL3) German. David ate her up with a 4-zip win to move into the semi finals against Cascade Bar’s “WGASA” CoCaptain Shawn (SL-6) Folkert from the River City-APA division. They split 9-Ball 2-2, but David 2-zipped Shawn in 8-Ball to claim a 4-2 victory. Things didn’t get any easier for David because coming into the finals he discovered he would be faced off in a re-match against his 2nd round nemesis good old Rick (SL-7) “The Iceman” Stantz. Would it be “Revenge of the Nerds” or, Summer Re-runs? David won the lag and Rick called 9-Ball. They teeter-tottered their way though nine ball and ended up split 2 to 2. Now, it was off to 8-Ball. David won the first 8-Ball game and found himself on the Hill. Rick broke the 2nd game, but ended up giving David an opening a few shots later and David went on the claim the game, the match, and all the bragging rights to being the 2010 Fall Session’s Captain Co-Captain tournament champion! 1st $120 David Scarth 2nd $90 Rick Stanz 3rd/4th $60 Jonathon Hahn, Shawn Folkert 5th/8th $35 Dana German, Page Burch Kerry Kitts, Bob Winfield, 9th/16th $15 Tim Sexton, Craig Walsh, Tim Higginson, Eric Soumokil, Ian Miller, Buck Campbell, Rob Soloman, James Warner

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Pagulayan Banks Champ Derby City Classic - Horseshoe Casino Elizabeth, IN January 21-29, 2011

All Photos by: Rick Schmitz By AzB Staff - Fans were treated to a late night Filipino Finale in the 9-ball banks division of the 2011 Derby City Classic. “The Lion” Alex Pagulayan and Ronnie Alcano fought until one man was left standing. Pagulayan took the first game with a five and out and the second game after much defensive play. Alcano responded with a five and out in rack three. Pagulayan did not give up. He fired in a cross-side to close out the match. Alcano’s only two losses came from Pagulayan. The Lion was thrilled to be back in the winners’ circle. A new “one bye” rule was implemented this year to help avoid back to back byes for the same player, as we’ve seen in the past. Ronnie Alcano This new rule automatically 1st $10,000 Alex Pagulayan 2nd $5,000 Ronnie Alcano 3rd $2,500 John Brumback 4th $1,335 Justin Hall, Jeremy Jones 6th $1,050 Shannon Daulton, Francisco Bustamante

a d v a n c e d Pagulayan to the finals when he was undefeated against reigning champ, John Brumback and Alcano received the bye. After his brief hiatus, Pagulayan has been spending much time in Las Vegas recently, walking seven miles a day and devoting his Alex Pagulayan life to the game again. “This is the first year I’m not tired yet,” he told friends as he entered round 12 with five players remaining. This victory earns him a new title and $10,000 in prize money.

8th $800 12th $600

Tommy Tokoph, Sylver Ochoa, Shannon Murphy Dee Adkins Brandon Shuff, Dennis Orcollo, Larry Nevel Jason Hunt, Mike Hughes, Tim Heath Buddy Hall, Mike Grooms

Master of the Table Shane Van Boening

Van Boening and Orcollo Victorious at Derby By AzB Staff - The big story of the day came when, with only eight players remaining in the 9-ball event all had a loss and Alex Pagulayan received his second loss from Mika Immonen, who started the match with a five pack. At that point, Pagulayan’s fate for the Master of the Table would lie in how well Shane Van Boening would finish in the 9-ball. All Van Beoning needed to do was make it to the finals and receive a minimum 120 points to pass Pagulayan up for the allaround. For the next few rounds, “The Lion” waited in agony, playfully heckling Van Boening from the balcony. In the semifinals match between Neils Feijen and Van Boening, Feijen was ahead 4-2 and it was looking very promising. A turnover allowed Van Boening a chance at the table


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advance Van Boening into the finals against Dennis Orcollo and secure him $20,000 for Master of the Table by a mere .2 points. MASTER OF THE TABLE: 1st $20,000 Shane Van Boening 2nd $3,000 Alex Pagulayan 3rd $2,000 Dennis Orcollo

and the opportunity to take the next four racks to get on the hill. As Pagulayan watched his all-around chances slip away, Feijen got a handle on the break and regained control of the match. At hill-hill, Feijen cut in a tough 2 ball and opted for the safety on the 4 ball. Without any hesitation, Van Boening, jumped in the 4 ball with outside-draw, three rails around the table for perfect shape on the 5 ball, with his full length playing cue. This would

The final rounds of the Straight Pool Challenge were severely delayed today until after the 9-ball finals due to Feijen’s progress in the main event. A boisterously spirited Pagulayan had been waiting all evening after his 9-ball elimination to play his straight pool match and started with an open break. Pagulayan kept fans entertained as Appleton took the championship 100-31. This $10,000 added event was made possible by Diamond Billiards, Bob Jewett, Angel Levine, Stu Mattana, Ultimate 10-Ball Challenge, and Richard Burns.

Van Boening Crowned One-Pocket Champion

Shane Van Boening

By AzB Staff - 2011-01-28 For all the 2011 DCC results log on to www.azbilliards. com “The South Dakota Kid” Shane Van Boening defeated “The Pearl” Earl Strickland tonight in a finals match which packed the arena and every seat in the balconies. Strickland, who lost his first match to Troy Jones, went on to win 11 more rounds, defeating one-pocket connoisseurs such as Jeremy Jones (back to back in rounds nine and ten), Alex Pagulayan, and Shannon Daulton. Van Boening didn’t buy back until he met up with reigning one-pocket champ Scott Frost, in round seven. He later defeated both Frost and Pagulayan with

Rocket Wins Fatboy Challenge

lopsided scores of 3-0. Pagulayan remains the points leader for the all-around, closely followed by Van Boening, Daulton, Strickland, Jones, and Alcano. Only the final two days of 9-ball will determine who takes it all. Current U.S. Open 9-Ball Champion, Darren Appleton defeated Francisco Bustamante 15-13 to advance to the finals against the winner of Lee Vann Corteza and Rodney Morris in the Fat Boy 10Ball Challenge. That match guarantees Appleton at least $4,500 for second place. First place is worth $9,000. The $10,000 added prize fund came from “FatBoy” Eric Petersen and Diamond Billiards. The AzBilliards 2011 DCC Coverage page was made possible by and

Earl Strickland

Orcollo Takes DCC 9-Ball

By AzB Staff -

Day eight of the Derby City Classic wrapped up with a new Fat Boy 10-Ball champion, round six of the 9-ball event, and three players remaining in Rodney Morris the straight pool challenge. Of the original 293 entrants, only 45 will return on the final day to vie for the 9-ball title. Still with unused buy-backs are Warren Kiamco, Huidji See, Dennis Orcollo, and one-pocket champ and runner up, Shane Van Boening, and Earl Strickland. This year’s Fat Boy 10-Ball Challenge saw the face of a new champion. It was a Mosconi Cup rematch as “The Rocket” Rodney Morris defeated Darren Appleton in the finals 15 to 11. The 2010 DCC 9-Ball runner-up took the title by way of a 15-10 victory over Lee Van Corteza and 15-12 win over Neils Feijen. Morris received $9,000 for his efforts. The $10,000 added prize fund is courtesy of “FatBoy” Eric Petersen and Diamond Billiards. 1st $9,000 Rodney Morris 2nd $4,500 Darren Appleton 3rd $2,250 Francisco Bustamante, Lee Vann Corteza

Dennis Orcollo

By AzB Staff - Orcollo was the final player to use his buy-back and defeated Mika Immonen 7-1 to arrive in the winner’s circle. In the finals, from Van Boening’s break, Orcollo took that rack and broke and ran the following four to go ahead 5-0. Van Boening got to two games but his efforts were not quite enough to stop Orcollo’s run. Final score: 7-2. 1st $16,000 Dennis Orcollo 2nd $8,000 Shane Van Boening Glenn Atwell 3rd $3,950 Niels Feijen, Mika Immonen 5th $1,800 Huidjie See, Jonathan Pinegar, Warren Kiamco, Glenn Atwell 9th $1,260 Alex Pagulayan, Larry Nevel, Jeremy Jones Lee Vann Corteza, Ronnie Alcano 14th $850 Charlie Williams, Shaun Wilkie, Earl Strickland Ralf Souquet, Robb Saez, Francisco Bustamante

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P i e rc e C o u n ty APA F a l l S e ss i o n D i v i s i o n C h a m p i o n s


Accidental Defense

Sloppy McPockets

Pops Ballers

By Michelle Barkdoll The following teams took first place at the Fall Session Finals Match’s December 28-30 and January 2-3. Each winning team has earned entry into the 2011 Local Team Championship (LTC), considering eligibility and originality requirements are met. This session’s Final Match’s were held at the Log Cabin Pub in Sumner, WA. Many thanks to the staff at the Log Cabin for hosting this event! DIVISION TEAM 8-Ball 5-8 Person Open Teams: Rainier FTB Snoqualmie Redskins Olympic Accidental Defense Bonanza Been There, Done That Adams Wrong Kind Cascade Eagles Coast Sloppy McPockets St Helens Team Tenacious Badger Temp-Two 8-Ball 3-5 Person Open Teams: Hood Warped & Twisted Sahale Smooth Strokers Double Jeopardy Open Teams: Crystal (8) Double Fun Baker (9) Double Fun Jefferson (8) Regulators Newberry (9) Pops Ballers 9-Ball 5-8 Person Open Teams: Stevens Bad Company Pilchuck Morton Hears A Who Tiger 9 Ballers Whistler Whole Mess Buckner Smooth Stroker’s Glacier Sticks ‘N’ A Chick Shuksan Bohica Loose

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LOCATION Cheers Bar & Grill / Puyallup The Right Spot / Fife Malarkey’s Pool & Brew / Tacoma Green Pup Sports Bar / Lakewood Krickett’s Restaurant & Lounge / Tacoma Eagles Lodge #3480 / Orting Black Star Pub & Grill / Tacoma El Toro Mexican Rest.&Lounge / Lakewood Hans’s Place / Tacoma

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Warped & Twisted


“The Beginning of the Road”

The day we left for the road was an adventure. It was early and cooo old. Bet is was 35 degrees. I was jacked! So was Lucky. We decided into taking the sedan instead of the truck. The truck was too unsecured. Bustling around the ranch trying not to forget anything was a bit stress full. We kept running into each other at every junction, on the stairways in the kitchen at the garage. The favorite expression when we met up was “ops, pardon me! Scooter Libby” Given that Valerie Plane ordeal a few years ago, we were “scooting” around the house and it also the phrase rhymes. We packed cloths bags, made sure twice, three times we had the right maps, auto tools and gear. Very importantly was the laptop with all the information in it. The data on it had Andrew where to go and what players we knew were in the areas. That research took weeks. It was a lot of calling friends and looking on the net for tournaments and checking the action report on AZBilliards. We learned a lot of STUFF. We were prepared on where the action was and all the tournaments even the unpublished ones. We had a virtual road map. Every town had names of players, stake horses and skill levels of many players. Unlike many Road players, who fly by the seat of their pants, Lucky was prepared. The car had a secret compartment behind the back seat where we could keep our best pool cues. We kept the plain two-piece bar cues in trunk. Planed to use them mostly. The car had a cutoff switch so no one could steel the car. I had to remember to turn it on when we stopped. We were only taking a certain amount of cash and only keeping a certain amount in our pockets. Anything we won went into bank as soon as possible. If we needed money we would go to the ATM. Didn’t want to carry too much, we could be a targets for being robbed. Man, Lucky thought of everything. I am continually reminded just how smart the man is. He is constantly reading magazines, journals and newspapers. He has a huge vocabulary but only uses simple language. He is up on all the politics and the drama they create. He especially knows about human nature. He reads people well. Seems like he’s known them for years. He might as well be a psychologist. When we started out we were easily clearing $150 a day on average just on small local area action no known player types. On a couple days we made around $40-50 and some days $500. That seems to me to be not a lot of money, but Lucky said he made more last time out on the road. He thinks we could be

making three times that on the average and we will. After 3 1/2 weeks and after expenses, we were pumped up to over $4,000. We had enough money to carry us on the road for a while. We even could take a few days off sitting in the sun or rain depending on where we were. Lucky and I have played every single day with someone or one another. Although playing every day his opponents have been polite and friendly gamblers, just waiting to take his money, or so they thought. Not one player yet has been a real run out player. Not one score was big, so far only a few hundred off any one guy. Lucky never pushed any game. We were staying away from any known players and bad action. “ you beat a good players the word gets around, fast” you play Monstis good players when the time is right. We started out and headed for Little Creek Casino until we heard the WBCA tournament got cancelled. I guess the Casino foolishly double booked some act that hardly anyone cares about. They jolted a whole bunch of pool players attending. Not bright! Oh well! Lucky was anxious to see some of these players, but we had action everywhere anyway. I was driving to our next location. The driving was easy and traffic was light. Tuning the radio we found the BCS football championship. We were listening to it for awhile. Lucky kept saying how the Ducks misfired 3 times in the first quarter and that will be the difference in the game. We had been driving about 4 hours when Lucky got a call on his cell phone. “Hello!” “well I’ll be a monkeys uncle” What you been doing”. They went into some sharing on what they both been doing and Lucky settled into a listening and a less animated discussion manner. Lucky ended the call by saying “it will take about a day” “ see you then” Lucky said “Slow down” I put my foot on the break and started to steered the car in to the turn out “turn left at that intersection up ahead” I said ‘aren’t we going straight” because we were headed to the next planned place and it was about a days drive too. Lucky said were going a new way. Lucky told me that a friend of his asked him to come to town where there was “this” action. This was not the quote normal action but a reprisal game. Lucky’s friend had played and lost to these guys and was treated badly and was totally intimidated by the behavior they exhibited. He knew Lucky could handle them easily. Lucky always said he will try to stay away from that type of action where

(Lucky continued on page 29)

Toadstool Winners

Over $2500 was paid out in this one! 41 players attended, but there would have been more if the weather...heavy fog (inversion) & freezing rain, had not kept a few away. 1st place earned over $1,100 but had to share the calcutta money with the owner of the Toadstool, Suzanne Mackey due to a good investment. These tournaments have grown & new winners pop up at every corner because the Toadstool requires the top two Sam Kirsch, Tony Britton place finishers to sit out the next round. No “a” player tournaments are held every two to three months. Top finishers are kept track of to encourage new entries & prevent returning players from “cleaning up” ! Other tourneys & fund raisers are held in between . Relay for Life Cancer 8-ball benefit was held the last Saturday in January with FABULOUS results. Info. & photos to follow! Lots of time, talent, & $$$ were donated, but Vicke & Rob Mathews deserve most of the credit!! Although I am certain they won’t take it! The next 8-ball tourney is Bring your own partner...Mixed Scotch Doubles on February 12th. I would call it our 3rd annual sweetheart tourney, but not many sweethearts shoot

well with one another, and this one is open to all ages. The Toadstool serves great food all day & is a non-smoking facility with beer & wine, lots of entertainment for all ages, multiple television screens & 8 Valley tables. These tables are REAL FAST... and have tight rails. New Aramith balls & red dot cue balls are brought out for big tourneys. Owner, Dave Mackey & League Director Rob Mathews are maticulous about cleaning & leveling the tables before EVERY tourney!! The next big no”A” player 8-ball tourney will be held on April 16th.... The Toadstool’s version of tax relief !! LOL! We hope tosee you there, so give us a call! January 15th Tournament Results Calcutta 1st $540 Sam Kirsch $550 2nd $350 Tony Britton $330 3rd $210 Zach $110 4th $100 Bob Brown 5-6 $50 Mike Williams & CarlaJean Beers Consulation: $50 Steve Sessums High Woman Out: $25 Suzanne Mackey October 23rd NO “A” players 8-ball tourney results 1st Eric Tate 2nd Jose Valezquez 3rd Brent Reva 4th Jamie Music 5-6 Suzanne Mackey Bruce Davis

Eric Tate, Jose Valezquez

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Opal APA Tri-Cups

Story & Photos By: Merle Humphreys

Buffalo Gap’s “The Animals”

JANUARY 14—16 KC’s Midway and Rodders graciously hosted our OPAL-APA Fall Session 9-Ball Tri-Cup Owner’s Kraig & Carol Pauli, and their crew did a fantastic job as hosts as did John & Cathy Johnson and crew over at Rodders. The food and drink service were excellent and the sites accommodated our event extremely well and everyone had a great time. There were 45 division 9-Ball finalist teams competing in the Modified Single elimination format. It was a weekend of close competition with the majority of all team matches going right down to the last rack to decide a winner. However, if a team reached 51 points the match was declared over. The $18,224 tournament payout was progressively dispersed throughout the entire field. A large percentage of the total matches came down to double hill and several of those came down to the last rack. We ran one round on Friday night, three rounds on Saturday, and concluded on Sunday at KC’s Midway with four rounds finishing up at 7:30 PM. The top 8 finishers were given slots into the regional competition and are as follows: FINISHING 5—8th and winning “Bronze Medallions” while taking home $700 each were: Rodder’s “Chalk It Up” from the Willamette Double Jeopardy division— with Team Captain: Teresa Hanken, and teammates--Scott Hanken, Penny Greathouse, Mike Stevens, Missy Cnossen and Shane Dutson; Jin’s “Cougars & Cubs” from the O.C.D.J. division with Team Captain: Dawn Nething and teammates-- Sandra Hampton, David Nething, David Knight, Brent Kahle, Scott Norton, Casey Johnston, and Blair Locke; Sweet Home’s “S.H. Rack ‘Em” from the North-Port 9-Ball division with Team Captain: Tony Matulich, and teammates--Phillip Hale, Tony Hall, Thomas Kossak, Heather Seavey, Herbert Hunt, Glenda Moore, and Eric Son; River Road House’s “The Biz” from the MidValley Double Jeopardy division with Team Captain: Kirsten Fery, and teammates-- Erik Norman, Michael Fery, Minda Heyman, Kira North, Brandi Miller, and Maxfield Hermanson. FINISHING 3-4 and winning Silver Medallions and $970 each were: Rialto’s “Godzilla” from the Northern Double Jeopardy division with Team Captain: Bert Fukumoto, and teammates-- Atsuo Utsumi, Kevin Long, Justin Brock, Khalil Said, Sherwood Dudley, and Kimberly Davis; AND from “Leo’s Lair” in the Skyline Double Jeopardy division with Team Captain: Frank Loredo, and teammates--David Schwarzkoff, Daniel Villarreal, Francisco Loredo, Kristen Fletcher, and Patrick Loftis.

16th Annual

Held in Libby, MT at the VFW and Mint Bar­

Tom Scott Memorial Pool Tournament March 18th, 19th, 20th

Come Join The Fun !!!


Added Money

Based on 40 players First 64 men & 32 women

Entry fee $35 You must be signed up and paid by March 18th

Calcutta will be Friday night at 9:00 at VFW. Ball in hand rules. 8 ball on the break is automatic re-rack

Brackets are flighted. A race to 4 on Saturday and a race to 5 on Sunday. We will be taking the first 16 men and 8 women into Sunday. There will be a mini tournament at the VFW Friday night. It will start at 6:00 in the backroom, so please come there to sign up For information or to sign up please contact Patty. Send your entries to: Patty Dunning 200 Mtn. Meadow Rd. Libby, MT 59923


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FINISHING 2ND and winning Gold Medallions and $1,254 from the Sunrise Double Jeopardy division was Ringo’s “Str8 Up Madness” with Team Captain: Jason Larsen, and teammates: Frank Kincl, Ron Liles, Erin Terry, Jacob Moore, Steven Schumacher, Portia Liles and Trista Hopkins. FINISHING 1ST and winning the bragging rights—the coveted Platinum Star Medallions— and the top money prize of $1,600 was: Buffalo Gap’s “The Animals” from the Central 9-Ball division with Team Captain: Sheri Vallespir, and teammates--Brian Hunter, Riley Baxter, Michael Troyer, Aaron Troyer, Mariena Gardner, Ed Borne, and Brad Haveman. The finals were played on 5 tables simultaneously with a referee/scorekeeper assigned to each table. In less then an hour it was all over and the winner was decided. On the Finals 1st table with two SL-4’s it was “Animal’s” Mariena Gardner vs “Str8’s” Jacob More. Gardner won 31 to 19 for a 15-5 win in favor of the “Animal’s.” On table two it was “Str8’s” SL-2 Trista Hopkins Vs “Animal’s” SL-6 Aaron Troyer. Troyer won 46 to 13 for a match score of 14-6 so it was now overall 29 to 11 in favor of the “Animals.” On the Third Table, it was a SL 5 vs 3 race. “Str8’s” Steven Schumaker lost to “The Animal’s” Sheri Vallespir 13-25 for a match score of 2-18 bringing the overall match score to 47-13 in favor of “The Animals.” In the 4th match race table it was again a match-up of two SL-4’s. “The Animals” SL-4 Brian Hunter took out “Str8’s” Erin Terry 17—10 to give himself a minimum score of 4 points which was enough points to claim a 51 point victory for “The Animals.” who won the $1600 top prize, the coveted “Star” Medallions, and all the bragging rights to being the 2011 Fall Session 9-Ball Tri-Cup Champions. For their efforts, “Str8 Up Madness” received the gold medallions and a check for $1,254 dollars.

Ringo’s “Str8 Up Madness”

The next step will be the June 2011 9-Ball Regionals where all of the pictured winners will compete along with the other worthy finalists from both the Summer and Spring 9-Ball Tri-Cups. In the regional event there will be six slots allocated to go on and compete at the APA National 9-Ball Team Championship event at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada August 18-22, 2011.

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Opal APA Tri-Cups Story & Photos By: Merle Humphreys JANUARY 21—23—Rodder’s, and KC’s Midway, both in Oregon City graciously cohosted our OPAL-APA Fall Session 8-Ball Tri-Cup. Both locations and their crews did a fantastic job as hosts. The food and drink service were excellent and the sites accommodated our event extremely well and everyone had a great time. There were 56 division 8-Ball finalist teams competing in the Modified Single elimination format,—– which guaranteed that all teams got to play twice, but not necessarily lose twice. It was a weekend of close competition with the majority of all team matches going right down to double

Brincken, Sanoe Kanekoa, and Jeanni Kinden; Rialto’s “Drunken Monkeys” from the Midwest division with Team Captain: Kurt Wilkie, and teammates: Aaron Woody, Melissa Working, Eric Nofsinger, Robert Johnson, John Eixenberger, Tyson Okazaki, and Marissa Alexander; and River Road House’s “Rack And Roll” from the Midvalley division with Team Captain: Mike Carpenter, and teammates-Stephen Kelly, Cherish Carpenter, Kevin Jones, Ed Montmart, Curtis Sheppard, David Windell, and Brian Dunham. FINISHING 3-4 and winning Silver Medallions and $950 each was: Back Alley’s “8-9 Suited” from the Columbia

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hill in deciding the winner. Once a team reached three match race wins though they were done with that round. $21,764 in prize money was progressively dispersed throughout the entire field. One round was conducted on Friday night, three rounds on Saturday, and concluded on Sunday at Rodders with four rounds finishing up at 7:30 PM. The top eight were as follows that qualified for the regional competition: FINISHING 5—8th and taking home $700 each and the coveted “Bronze Medallions” were: River Road House’s “8 ‘s & A ‘s from the Mt. Hood Jeopardy division—with Team Captain: Phil Bremer, and teammates--Tim Trumbull, Jeff Lewis, Shawn Gunderson, Cheryl Cohen, Jennifer Windell, Sam Morrison, and Mylee Gunderson; Back Alley’s “Ball Busters” from the Clark County-APA division with Team Captain: Rob Krisinski, and teammates-- Marc Erspamer, Tyus Sell, Cheri Kaupu, Katie Summers, Mark

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Johnston. In the Finals, the two teams switched up their line-ups from their original 2nd round meeting and played on 5 tables simultaneously. On Table 2, it was a 3-2 race. “Gliadiator” SL-4 Shari Christian got taken out by “Cat’s” SL-3 Scott Hood 2-Zip. On Table 3, it was a 4-5 race. “Cat’s” SL-5 Dustin Nellis defeated the “Gladiator’s SL-6 Rich Burns 4-3. Match 2-Zip—Cool Cats. On Table 4, it was a 3-2 race. “Gladiator’s” SL-4 Carl Cole, upended “Cat’s” SL-2 Joyann Rethaford 3-Zip Score 2-1 in favor of the Cool Cats. On Table 6, it was a 3-3 race between “Cat’s” SL-4 Aaron King and “Gladiator’s” SL-4 Martin Kelley. Kelly took game one, but King came back with games 2 & 3 to stand on the hill. Martin took game 4 bringing the match race to double hill. The case game went 3 innings—-Martin won. Score now double hill 2-2. One match was still in progress. The room was dead still, all eyes were glued onto the last match, and everyone watching was on the edge of their seats. On Table 5, it was a 5-3 race. “Cat’s” SL-7 Stephen Kelly, vrs “Gladiator’s” SL-5 Jeff Wilson. “Cat’s” Kelly came firing out of the gate taking the first three games. Jeff won game four, but then Kelly ran out game 4 to put himself on the hill. Game 5 was a defensive battle, but Kelly accidentally foiled a safe and gave Jeff barely a chance to get out—and he did. Match now double hill with Jeff breaking. Jeff broke… .8-BALL BREAK! Game over, Match over, Tournament over! What a lucky and dramatic end to a dramatic match ! “Jo’s Gladiators” had just won the prestigious Platinum Star Medallions, the $1,600 top prize, all the bragging rights, and be crowned the Fall Session 2010 8-Ball Tri-Cup Champions. Their next step will be the June 17-19 Regionals where they will compete for a slot into the APA

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“The Pearl” Heads to UAE

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After a 3 year hiatus from the world pool stage, legend Earl “the Pearl” Strickland is back and in prime form. “The Pearl” will once again be representing the United States in the World 8-Ball Championships February 19-26, 2011 in the United Arab Emirates. Sponsored by Mike Gulyassy Custom Cues, Ice Breakers Billiards, and CueSports International (CSI), Strickland received his well earned invite to the world 8-Ball event due to his stellar comeback throughout the past year. In 2010, he started the year winning the 8-Ball division of the U.S. Bar Table Championships and ended the year winning the Steve Mizerak Championship and tied for 7-8th in the Turning Stone Classic XVI. Strickland ascended the U.S. ranks quickly in 2010 and is currently the 6th highest rated U.S. player. Buzz has already started about the possibility of Strickland once again being invited to play on the U.S. Mosconi Cup Team. If this occurs, it would mark Strickland’s 14th and unprecedented year playing in the popular and revered U.S. vs. Europe team event produced by UK firm Matchroom Sport.

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CueSports International (CSI) announces players are now able to register online for all upcoming independent events via the CueSports Tournament System (CTS) website ( The online registration section of CTS went live Friday, January 7th. Online registration is now available for the following events: • The 15th Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament • The 18th U.S. Bar Table Championships Players who register must pay their online entries by credit card using a Visa or Mastercard. All players will be sent an auto-generated email confirmation for each event they register for. Additional events will be added to the CTS online registration page soon. Starting the end of January online registration will be available for all divisions of the BCAPL National 8-Ball and BCAPL National 9-Ball Championships (May 11-22, 2011, Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas). However, in addition to registering online, players still have the option to either mail or fax their entries for all CSI tournaments and events. Only one form of registration should be used in order to avoid duplication. CSI launched its custom designed CueSports Tournament System (CTS) in 2010. The CTS has a highly robust online bracket system which allows for both individual player and team searches, cross event archives, and offers detailed information about matches, such as table assignments, times, history of a player’s event matches, results and payouts just to name a few. Additionally, the CTS site has the added functionality of tournament live scoring, which CSI rolled out in the 2010 U.S. Open 10-Ball event. Now going into 2011, the online registration function has been added making the CTS site revolutionary in the industry for its cross function capabilities. To register online for the 15th Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament or the 18th U.S. Bar Table Championships go For more information about these and all CSI and / or the BCAPL upcoming events visit:

2011 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship Qualifiers Announced The 3rd U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship will be held May 1621, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV, at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. Produced by CueSports International (CSI), the $25,000 added event will again be held alongside the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships and live streamed by The Action Report (TAR). The U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship is one of a select group of high level U.S. tournaments where players earn points towards the

Billiard Congress of America (BCA) pro point ranking list. The CSI coed 10-Ball event has a 96 player limited field and is also officially recognized by the Women’s Pro Billiard Association (WPBA). As a BCA point and WPBA recognized event, the top 20 U.S. ranked male players and the top 10 WPBA ranked players were emailed invites in early January. Any declined or un-registered invite spots will convert to open spots after March 1st.

In addition to the invite and open spots, nine qualifiers have been scheduled. One paid entry valued at $550 is included in the payout of each qualifier. Should the winner of a qualifier not be able to accept their spot, it will be offered to the next person in line from that particular qualifier event. In addition to the eight qualifier tournaments, one spot has been allocated to the Predator 9-Ball Tour. The point leader of the tour pro/open division, after the first 5

stops, will win that qualifier spot. For more information about the Predator 9-Ball Tour contact Tony Robles at For more information about the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship or other CSI and BCAPL events contact Holly Ryan at or visit See Tournament Trail (page 34) for listings.

Qualifiers Scheduled for 12th U.S. Open One Pocket Championship CueSports International (CSI) is producing the 12th U.S. Open One Pocket Championship at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV on May 13-15. The $10,000 added three day event will be held immediately prior to the 3rd U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship and alongside the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships. The game of One Pocket is often compared to chess. To play well it requires a keen sense of both offensive and defensive strategy. To be the best, a player must have the precision of a diamond cutter with their cue ball control and the patience of a long distance runner.


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It is anticipated that some of the best known talents in One Pocket will be participating in the event. With a limited 48 player field a list of former One Pocket champions were emailed invites in early January. Any declined or un-registered invite spots will convert to open spots after March 1st. In addition to the invite and open spots, four qualifiers have been scheduled. One paid entry (valued at $340) is included in the payout of each qualifier. Should the winner of a qualifier not be able to accept their spot, it will be offered to the next person in line from that particular qualifier event.

For more information about the U.S. Open One Pocket Championship or other CSI and BCAPL events contact Holly Ryan at holly@playcsipool. com or visit In 2011 the host venue, the Riviera Hotel & Casino is offering great new lower rates starting at $60 per night. Reservations must be booked through the BCAPL online Riviera booking link or call the Riviera toll-free number (800) 634-6753 Group Code BCAPCPP. See Tournament Trail (page 34) for listings.

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Congrats to Pete Gonzales for his win and if you see Elaine, congratulate her for her second place win Spokane is officially in this week. Jasone Defilipps is heading things up over there. They will start playing out of Black Diamond Billiards and once Players and Spectators are ready he'll be running events over there. Great job Jasone. If you know anyone in Spokane, tell them to check in with Black Diamond Billiards or Jasone's email is We've got Johnny out of St. Louis MO that has taken an interest in us and he's working with the players and rooms over there. Thanks Johnny. Portland we're still waiting for you. Someone needs to step up to the plate and get your guys rolling. There was a rule change and I posted it in the Player's Blog on the Home page. Be sure to check out the new website. We will no longer be using site for tournament results. So if you're looking for current info you won't find it there. Tips on the new site: Most of the report pages are sortable by column headings and pull down list. If you take a little time and play with it you'll be able to find the infomation you want to see pretty easily and quickly. If you want to sort the tournament results by date just click on the column heading. If you want to see the rankings by ranking order click on the column header "Rank" or if you want to find the rankings for a player sort by "Name" or by "Division". When you're looking for a player be sure you are looking in the correct divsion from the pull down list towards the top of the page. Miss you guys up at Golden Fleece that have been gone. Look forward to seeing everyone back and playing. If you're interested the next quarterly event is April 2-3 and will be held at Golden Fleece. Rack'em and Crack'em

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it is more about getting even then about the money. I quizzed him on it…Lucky said at the request of an old friend he had to go. Lucky painted a harsh view of these guys. We were driving most of the next day. Going through this town we stopped at this bar. We got out of the car stretched then went inside hung around a while and just played a few locals. Surprisingly everyone liked to play pool for money. It wasn’t long before the characters came in. They made sure they were noticed, demanding drinks and food from the bar tender, Her name was Simona. She did a good job of biting her tongue. The one character is commercial building contractor who makes a lot of money doesn’t know how to spend it. He uses his money to make himself feel like a big shot, at the expense of other people mostly. He acts more like a leader of some weekend mercenaries, ordering people here and there. He buy’s his friends, and occasional buy’s dates. People put up with him and his so called best friend. Everyone one really enjoys when they lose. Them losing is better then watching a war in WWII movie where the Nazi’s get bombed to oblivion. This contractor has a real gambling jones and loves to play pool. Known to bet it up. The name they call him when he’s not around is Sugar Daddy. His best friend crony, a used car dealer, who thinks he’s a player and who seems to act like the mayor of the town. He would never get my vote. Doesn’t have anyone’s respect and there are plenty of names giving for him too. He has no clue. The people around have to be drunk to put up with him. I can’t really say his nickname here but it is a common name giving to a prison cellmate. They came in and started in on everyone. They saw we were playing pool with their pigeons. Like they had ownership of these games. They started in on the new guy, Lucky Car dealer tells everyone ”We have more money then anyone in this joint, I’ll bet on that. The car dealer might have $120 in his pocket while his contractor friend might have $10,000 in his. Convenient for the dealer to make that statement. The truth of it was they probably did have the most money in the place. Lucky was nervous because this kind of situation could escalate and we are not young bucks anymore. Lucky worked it well. Lucky let them dictate all the gambling by acting indecisive. Lucky had them like a cat chasing a string and they knew nothing. They thought they were getting everything their way and pulling the wool over our eyes on the betting moves. Lucky played a couple of short sets. They would play one short set to 5 for $100 then want to jack the bet to a thousand. Lucky hemmed and hawed. “I am not sure about that much money” so they came up with a lower bet amount like $200. Lucky said “that’s still a lot”, “Ok I guess”. Lucky would win some watching silently applauding. Then all over again “play for a thousand!” and settle on less. They were gleaming that they brilliantly got Lucky to keep playing. It wasn’t that Lucky didn’t want to play for higher stakes, he was managing the situation to avoid any problems. After about $3100 of their money Lucky finally talked them out of continuing to play. He made it seem that they were the ones quieting. The one ridiculous buddy said something like “well you bring all your money down here tomorrow and we’ll play for it all, all you got”. If you don’t believe me ask these folks in here. I know what Lucky was thinking, embarrass them but likely they would not show up the next day anyway. Nursing hangovers. Lucky said “ I have to be out of town working for a few weeks but I’ be back. The contractors eyes swirled around and around and so did his head. He said “ any time your, ah…. back in town, ah…. we’ll play, “I am going, ah….. bust you”. They were happy to be losing the money and having the action. I guess the locals that were watching hated seeing them in the bar always badgering games. They were glad they were losing their money. We left and Lucky said that’s how we get out of a bad situation and we will likely see this type thing again and likely them again. I asked Lucky “I thought you avoid jerks like this”. Lucky said, his long time friend and the people in town were really tired of their antics and wanted me to bust them because Lucky could do it in style. We went over to his friend and visited for awhile. They brought up some old pool players they both knew. They talked about Jimmy Caras. Lucky continually bring him up and always prefaces any conversation with he’s really the best players he’s never played. He had talent that most everyone has never seen. It was late and his friend offered for us to stay the night and we were always welcome to come and stay between travels. Lucky has friends all over the place for such a private man………

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$25 entry fee Open to the first 64 paid players Double Elimination - Consolation Bracket Pays Top Woman $$$ Race to 4 Winners/3 Losers Big $$$ Calcutta Playerss Meeting at Noon Be early for Calcutta Play starts immediately following Doors open at 9 am

8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles

703 W Babcock In the Bar-muda Triangle Bozeman, MT Open 11am - 2 am Daily

Nightly Beer Specials


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February 12, 2011

$$$ Added

$50 entry per couple Open to the first 32 paid male/female partners Double Elimination Scratch Bucket Race to 3 Winner Side

ALL AGES WELCOME Doors open at 10 am

Food & Beer Specials All Day

Come in and Check Us Out

Upcoming Tournaments Feb 19: Mixed Doubles $20 entry - Starts 10AM

115 N Hayes Ave - Downtown Emmett, ID

Feb 26-27: Womens Doubles $20 entry - Starts 10AM Montana players only



Tues-Wed-Thurs Leagues Sanctioned by: BCAPL & Western BCA off Hwy 52 - 1 block N of Main & E of Wasington

February 2011 - The Break



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

DAY Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Saturdays Sundays

CITY Emmett Pocatello Moscow Moscow Twin Falls Pocatello Moscow Pocatello

LOCATION Toadstool Pocket Mingles Mingles The Pocket Pocket Mingles Oasis Bar

PHONE (208) 398-7321 (208) 233-1841 (208) 882-2050 (208) 882-2050 (208) 733-9676 (208) 233-1841 (208) 882-2050 (208) 232-9347

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball or 9-Ball 8-Ball or 9-Ball Handicap 9 Ball 8 Ball 8-Ball Handicapped 8-Ball or 9-Ball Handicap 8 Ball 8/9 Ball Alternating

ENTRY ADDED $5 Matching $5 100% payout $5 $5 $6 $25 w/16+ $5 150% payout $5 Matching $5 Matching

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


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CITY Spokane Vancouver Belfair Belfair Longview

LOCATION 7th Rail Cascade Bar & Grill Allen’s Billiards Allen’s Billiards Cadillac Island Mountlake Terr O’Houlie’s Pub Spokane 7th Rail Spokane 7th Rail Sumner Log Cabin Bellevue Mustard Seed Bremerton Stixx and Stones Billiards Everett O’Finnigan’s Pub Everett P C’s Pub Kenmore Golden Fleece Longview Cadillac Island Puyallup Johnny’s Snohomish Kornerpocket Billiardz Spokane Black Diamond Tacoma Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Tacoma Latitude 84 Everett P C’s Pub Olympia Frankies Spokane 7th Rail Spokane 7th Rail Tacoma Latitude 84 Belfair Allen’s Billiards Belfair Allen’s Billiards Kenmore Golden Fleece Lakewood Schooners Monroe Robin’s Billiards Ocean Park Doc’s Tavern Snohomish Kornerpocket Billiardz Spokane 7th Rail Spokane Black Diamond Tacoma Latitude 84 Tacoma Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Vancouver Legends Vancouver Spot Bar & Grill Lakewood Schooners Spokane 7th Rail Sumner Log Cabin Tacoma Latitude 84 Vancouver Legends Vancouver Spot Bar & Grill Bremerton Stixx and Stones Billiards Longview Cadillac Island Olympia Frankies Tacoma Latitude 84 Tacoma Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Tacoma Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Vancouver Cascade Bar & Grill

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Texas Holdem Poker $5 8-Ball $5 8-Ball (1st & 3rd Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 9-Ball (2nd & 4th Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 8-Ball B & below-Limit 24 $5+$2 g.f. Break Pot 8-Ball $5 100% 8-Ball Call Texas Holdem Poker $10 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 Matching 8-Ball B only Limit 16 $5 up to $100 9-Ball (Break pot) $5+$3 g.f. 100% 8-Ball BIH Vegas Rules $5 100% Vegas 8 Ball $5 211 $10 100% payout 9-Ball Open Handicap $5+$2 g.f. 9-Ball (alternates w/Sun) $5+$3 g.f. 100% 8-Ball DE - BCA rules $8+$2 g.f. 25% 9-Ball Race to 3/2 $5+$2 g.f. 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 9-Ball $5+$3 g.f. Poker $20 buy in 9-Ball Valley Rules $5 Matching Cribbage $6 Texas Holdem Poker $15 Poker 9-Ball (1st & 3rd Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 8-Ball (2nd & 4th Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 9-Ball Handicap $10 $200 9-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 8 or 9-Ball w/break pot $10 based on field 8-Ball Open $3 Meat Shoot 9-Ball DE $10 (incl g.f.) 25% 9-Ball Call 8-Ball Race to 2 $3+$2 g.f. Poker Call 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Matching 8-Ball Call Pocket $2 Matching 8-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 8-Ball Call 8-Ball $5 Matching Poker 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Matching Blind Draw Scotch Dbls $3 $2/player 8-Ball $5 100% Blind Draw Sc Dbls $5+$2 8-Ball Valley Rules $5 Matching Poker Call 8-Ball $5 100% 211 $10 100% payout 8-Ball $3

TIME Call 7:30PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 6:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM Call 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:15PM 6:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 6:00PM 7:00PM 6 & 9PM 7:00PM 7:00PM Call 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 7:30PM 6 & 9PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 2:00PM 6 & 9PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 6:00PM 1:00PM 6:00PM 6 & 9PM 2:00PM 4:00PM 1:00PM



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

DAY Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

CITY Gresham Milwaukie Oregon City Salem Forest Grove Milwaukee Coos Bay Forest Grove Milwaukee Beaverton Salem Tigard Coos Bay Forest Grove Oregon City Salem Forest Grove Forest Grove Milwaukie Oregon City Salem Beaverton Portland Portland Portland

LOCATION Cross Bank Saloon River Road House K C Midway Sharky’s Ballad Town Billiards Wichita Silver Dollar Ballad Town Billiards Wichita Underground Sports Bar Sharky’s Rialto Pool Room Silver Dollar Ballad Town Billiards K C Midway Jake’s Bar & Grill Ballad Town Billiards Ballad Town Billiards River Road House K C Midway Jake’s Bar & Grill Underground Sports Bar Greek Village NiteHawk Sam’s Billiards

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Handicapped 8-Ball Open 9 Ball - No masters Pool Tournament Foosball Doubles 9-Ball Players Choice 9-Ball/BCA 3/2 DE 8-Ball 9-Ball BCA Rules-No Masters Pool Tournament 9-Ball Open 3/3 DE 8-Ball 8-Ball/BCA 2/2 DE 9 Ball Play on Diamond Tables 8 Ball-Open 211 (3rd Sat) Darts: Cricket/501 Alternating 8 & 9-Ball 8 Ball No Masters 8-Ball Blind Draw Sc Doubles 8-Ball BCA Rules-No Masters Pool Tournament 8 Ball Straight Pool (1st Sun.)

ENTRY ADDED $7 $25 W/break Pot $5+$2 g.f. $$$ FREE $3/player $5 $10/player w/20+ $5 $5 House Matches $5 $$$ w/9+ $5 $5 House Matches $5 House Matches $5 $10/player w/20+ $6 g.f. $100/10 players $5 $$$ w/9+ $5 $5 $3/player $5 $$$ $10 100% payout $7 $5/player $5+$2 g.f. $$$ $5 House Matches $5 $$$ $5 House Matches $5 50% $3M/$2W $100 $15

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9-Ball Handicap 9’ Tables 9-Ball B 9-Ball Handicap USPPA 9-Ball Handicapped 9-Ball Open staggered entry 3 Cushion Handicap WorldPPA 8-Ball 9-Ball Handicap 9’ Tables 8-Ball 9-Ball Handicap 9-Ball 9-Ball Handicap Tourny at Vinnie’s Bar 9-Ball WorldPPA 9-Ball/SE WorldPPA 9-Ball/SE 10-Ball Hndcp 9’ tables 9-Ball Open - Limit 32 10-Ball Open SE 10-Ball Open SE

$11 $5 $20 $15 $12 $5-$15 $50 $17 incl g.f. $100 w/20+ $11 $11 $10 $50 $10 $12 $20 Call Call $11 $22 $100 $20 $$$ $20 $10 $20 $100

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(425) 488-0140

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Closed Sunday - Rates $3/person per hour (max $12)

February 2011 - The Break


DATE Feb 5 Feb 5 Feb 6 Feb 5-6 Feb 6 Feb 12 Feb 12 Feb 12 Feb 12-13 Feb 12-13 Feb 18-20 Feb 19 Feb 19-20 Feb 19-20 Feb 19-20

CITY Lynnwood, WA Baker, MT Baker, MT Kenmore, WA Portland, OR Emmett, ID Salem, OR Spokane, WA Bellflower, CA Tacoma, WA Kalispell, MT Bozeman, MT Mtn View, CA Oak Harbor, WA Tacoma, WA Watch it Feb 21-27 Reno, NV Feb 21-27 Reno, NV Feb 21-27 Reno, NV Feb 25 Sidney, MT Feb 26-27 Sidney, MT Feb 26-27 Bozeman, MT Feb 26 Oregon City, OR Feb 26 Tacoma, WA Feb 26-27 Snohoish, WA Mar 5 Lynnwood, WA Mar 6 Portland, OR Mar 7-13 Lincoln City, OR Mar 10-13 Valley Forge, PA Mar 10-13 Fairview, MT Mar 11-13 Ogden, UT Mar 11-13 Three Forks, MT Mar 16-20 Rapid City, SD Watch it Mar 18-20 Libby, MT Mar 19-20 Bozeman, MT Mar 19-20 Mtn View, CA Mar 19-20 Oak Harbor, WA Mar 19-20 Kenmore, WA Mar 22-27 Tacoma, WA Mar 26-27 Spokane, WA Mar 31-Apr 3 Bozeman, MT Apr 1-3 Saratoga, WY Watch it Apr 1-3 Miles City, MT Apr 2 Sacramento, CA Apr 2 Lynnwood, WA Apr 3 Portland, OR Apr 8-10 Billings, MT Watch it Apr 8-10 Portland, OR Apr 9 Salem, OR Apr 9-10 Las Vegas, NV Apr 16 Emmett, ID Apr 16-17 Mtn View, CA Apr 16-17 Kenmore, WA Apr 16-17 Moorpark, CA Apr 30-May 1 Spokane, WA Apr 30-May1 Kenmore, WA May 13-15 Las Vegas, NV May 13-21 Las Vegas, NV May 16-21 Las Vegas, NV

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LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Uncle Jack’s (See ad p27) (425) 640-5474 9-Ball Open Race 7/5 $40 $500 w/32 Corner Bar (See ad Jan) (406) 778-3278 8-Ball Doubles Race to 4 $40+$5 g.f. Call Corner Bar (See ad Jan) (406) 778-3278 8-Ball Singles Race to 5 $25+$5 g.f. $500 Golden Fleece (See ad p16) (425) 908-7332 8-Ball Ultimate Sc Dbls-Race to 6 $80+$20 $1,000 w/32 Sam’s Billiards (See ad p14) (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Toadstool (See ad p31) (208) 398-7321 8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles $50 $$$ The Cue Ball (See ad p26) (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 Black Diamond (See ad p9) (509) 891-8357 8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles $25/team $10/team CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 Jay Swanson Memorial Call $3,000 Guar. Malarkey’s (See ad p12) (253) 383-3301 Mixed Scotch Dbls-Race to 6 $60+$20 $2,000 w/48 (t) Cattlemen’s (See ad p30) (406) 257-9656 Pool Player Memorial Call Call Eagles #326 (See ad p31) (406) 587-9996 Sweethearts Mixed Doubles $20/team Call CA Billiard Club (See ad p4) (650) 965-3100 One Pocket - Race to 3 - DE $40 $400 Guar American Legion (See ad p16) (360) 929-6076 Open Team (4) 8-Ball - Singles $150/team $500+ Malarkey’s (See ad p12) (253) 383-3301 9-Ball Race to 7 $45+$15 $3,000 w/128 LIVE on presented by Tiger Products CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 U S Bar Table 10-Ball (M/W) Call $6000/$1000 CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 U S Bar Table 9-Ball (M/W) Call $6000/$1000 CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 U S Bar Table 8-Ball (M/W) Call $6000/$1000 Ranger (See ad p30) (406) 482-4566 8-Ball Mixed Doubles $20 $400 Ranger (See ad p30) (406) 482-4566 8-Ball Open $25 $1,250 1st Guar Eagles #326 (See ad p31) (406) 587-9996 MT State Wmns Doubles $20/team Call K C Midway (See ad p30) (503) 656-9501 8-Ball Chinook Winds Warm-up $15+$5 g.f. $500 w/64 Malarkey’s (See ad p28) (253) 383-3301 211 Scotch Doubles $20/player Call Kornerpocket (See ad p33) (360) 862-9054 8-Ball Doubles-DE-Race 7/5 $80 (incl g.f.) $500 w/16 Uncle Jack’s (See ad p27) (425) 640-5474 9-Ball Open Race 7/5 $40 $500 w/32 Sam’s Billiards (See ad p14) (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Western BCA (See ad p15) Regional 8 Ball -15 Divisions Varies $26,000 TAP (See ad p8) (800) 984-7665 Rally in the Valley Call Call Water Hole #3 (See ad p28) (406) 742-5224 8 Ball Singles/Doubles/Teams Varies $750 Guar Ogden Eagles (See ad p28) (801) 567-5660 Utah Open 9-Ball Fri/8-Ball Sat Varies $1,200 1st Guar RMG (See ad p26) (406) 586-9526 RMG-VNEA Playoffs-Valley Call Call SD State 8 Ball (See ad p21) (605) 342-0530 SD State 8-Ball Singles & Teams Call Call LIVE on presented by Tiger Products Mint/VFW (See ad p22) (406) 291-9015 8-Ball Tom Scott Memorial $35 $800 w/40 RMG (See ad p26) (406) 586-9526 RMG-VNEA Playoffs-Wmn Call Call CA Billiard Club (See ad p4) (650) 965-3100 One Pocket - Race to 3 - DE $40 $400 Guar American Legion (See ad p16) (360) 929-6076 8-Ball Partners BCA Rules $80/team $500 w/32 NWPA (See ad p17) (206) 920-1936 9-Ball at Golden Fleece Call $500 Guar PACS (See ad Jan) league operators 8 Ball/9 Ball Regionals Varies $12,500 Black Diamond (See ad p9) (509) 891-8357 9-Ball Open-TX-Race 7/5 $50+$10 g.f. $1,000 w/64 RMG (See ad p26) (406) 586-9526 RMG-VNEA Playoffs-Open Call Call Platte Valley Open (See ad p15) (307) 329-8924 8-Ball 3 Divisions $60-$160 $9,000 LIVE on presented by Tiger Products Yellowstone Tav (See ad p22) (406) 853-3256 8-Ball/9-Ball Singles/Doubles Varies $1,000 CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 CSI One Pocket Qualifier $20 $300 Uncle Jack’s (See ad p27) (425) 640-5474 9-Ball Open Race 7/5 $40 $500 w/32 Sam’s Billiards (See ad p14) (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool $15 MCMOA (See ad p12) League Operator State 8-Ball Champ. M/W (A/B) Qualify at bars $10,000 LIVE on presented by Tiger Products NiteHawk (See ad p17) (503) 285-7177 Memorial 9-Ball $45+$5 g.f. $1,500 Guar. The Cue Ball (See ad p26) (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 Pool Sharks (See ad p17) (702) 339-1554 CSI 10-Ball Qualifier $60 (incl. g.f.) $1,000 w/48 Toadstool (See ad p31) (208) 398-7321 8-Ball No “A” Players $25 $500 w/64 CA Billiard Club (See ad p4) (650) 965-3100 One Pocket - Race to 3 - DE $40 $400 Guar Golden Fleece (See ad p16) (425) 908-7332 CSI One Pocket Qualifier $60 (incl g.f.) $500 CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 CSI 10-Ball Qualifier $60 (incl g.f.) $500 w/32 Black Diamond (See ad p9) (509) 891-8357 8-Ball Open BCA rules-Race to 4/3 $35+$5 g.f. $500 w/64 Golden Fleece (See ad p16) (425) 908-7332 CSI 10-Ball Qualifier $60 (incl g.f.) $1,000 CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 U S Open One Pocket Call $10,000 Guar BCAPL (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 BCAPL Nationals Varied $750,000 payout CSI (See ad p35) (702) 719-7665 U S Open 10 Ball Call $25,000 Guar

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Apr 1-3, 2011 Platte Valley Open - WY

Apr 8-10, 2011 MCMOA Montana State 8-Ball

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