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From Derby City Classic XVII, January 23-31, 2015 From 413 entrants on Friday, tonight there were three: Efren Reyes, Shannon Daulton and John Brumback. All had one loss. There would be no buy-backs. One of the them was going to get a bye. In a unique way of picking who gets it, each player was asked to pick up one of 3 big boxes sitting on the Diamond table in the Accu-Stats Arena then, face the bottom of it to the audience. Unbeknownst to the players, one of the boxes had BYE written on it. Much to his relief, Brumback had chosen it: He was sent swiftly into the Finals. Efren and Shannon stayed in the Arena to determine who got 3rd. If Efren won the semi’s, then the finals, he would be the first man, ever, to complete the DCC career “Grand Slam” with wins in all 3 divisions. Banks, OnePocket, and 9-Ball. With a 2-0, and needing the case ball, Efren looked invincible. H even had a couple of attempts at it. Shannon reached for his cannon. Blasting back

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garnering other one. with some incredible Shannon won the lag…broke, and ran 5 and out. shotmaking, the match They got down to one ball in the second game and was soon tied at 2. He Shannon sank that: 2-0. was driven, but it wasn’t Shannon stayed ahead and had opportunities to over yet. take it all but now the banks were eluding him. One In the decider, Efren even slow rolled to the hole only to tease him. had 3 balls, Shannon John stayed alive at 1-2 and took a time-out. had zero. With more Yesterday, he and Shannon had been practicing gut wrenching, inner together, for the same title, at a friend’s house. Their strength, Daulton caught deep-rooted friendship was most apparent when a gear and now had 4. Shannon, with an energy drink in his hand, was late Efren, altho,’ having returning from the time-out. showed moments of John, mildly frustrated, said, “ Where ya been? magic, was missing. I’ve been waiting on you,” Then he, nonchalantly, took Shannon’s Shannon’s drink, sucked a long draft from the straw, opportunity arose when and placed it back in his hand. Efren left the 4-ball a Shannon didn’t even notice. “Go break, then,” he couple of inches from said.” the bottom rail. With John did but to no avail. It garnered him only a ball. incredible precision, Shannon showed the same form of the opening Shannon crossed it rack. Needing only one ball, he finally sank that elusive the length of the table championship orb. They shared a congratulatory hug. towards the opposite It’e easy to tell that these guys will be competitors corner pocket. and friends, in and out of the arena, for life. Today, As it passed the side, they knew that it was just Shannon’s turn. there was now doubt that it would run true. Daulton strode, with outstretched hand, toward Reyes as the ball dropped in behind him. When The Cannon sank that last ball the exultation was written all over his face. He was ecstatic. Results page 30 So, were the hometown fans in the standing room only arena. “I’ve been beaten so many times by Efren, including last year in the OnePocket Finals,” coincidently, the only division Shannon hasn’t won. “I really prepared for this. I’ve been going to sleep anywhere from 9-11, every night. “I’m now 42 years old. You can either win upstairs, in action, or downstairs here on the TV table. In the TV table, you win forever.” No need for rest, he faced long time friend and fellow Southerner John Brumback. They grew up banging balls around together. Both have many DCC titles. Money be-damned; There was nothing more important than John Brumback

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Shane Van Boening and Jason Klatt opened Sunday’s action on the Accu-Stats TV table at noon. Jason had been playing a 10 am, One-Pocket match while Shane waited, warming up BIG Foot. There’s nothing like it to work out the body’s early morning cobwebs. Shane’s work ethic is, without a doubt, a major contribution to his success. At every opportunity, he’s practicing on BIG Foot. When everyone else is doing whatever, last thing at night, he’s in the Accu-Stats Arena running balls. “I actually practice more at tournaments than I do when I am at home,” he confessed. Jason, a little late to the table as Shane was in fine fettle, took time to adjust and clambered to a very admirable 8 before Shane dropped the hammer. It was then John Morra and Alex Pagulayan stepped into the ring. John, like many, just couldn’t get BIG Foot’s tight jaws to devour any balls on the break. Alex is more familiar with massive expanses of Simonis as he had spent a lot of last year on the UK snooker circuit. His, seemingly, miniature body stretched across the slate, capitalized on every offer John presented. Morra wasn’t allowed to regroup as he did so elegantly, yesterday, against Bustamante. He had to settle for 7 before Alex slammed the door. 22 year old, Manila native, Jeff Ignacio can play. In fact, last year, Efren commented that Jeff was then the best player in the Phillipines. Yet, sometimes, he missed the simplest of balls. “I am very quick, maybe too quick; Fast decision, fast release,” he stated. “I have to learn to control my impulses.” 10-Ball is the Filipino game of choice. After easily dismissing a struggling Orcollo, Jeff said that, when they match-up in the Phillipines, he usually gets the 9. “Yeah, but

that was about 4 years ago,” countered Orcollo. He didn’t need the 9 today. “I couldn’t see clearly,” Dennis defended after his defeat at 6, “I had only managed 4 hours sleep.” (We’ll blame it on the Jet lag). Mika and Lee Vann closed out the evening session with Mika, up 5-2, getting sharked by a raised water bottle in his line of sight to a straight-in 5-ball. Lee Vann jumped to the table and soon had overtaken Mika. Mika’s demons were alive and well and the audience was aware of his distress. Enter goodbuddy Rodney Morris. Rodney sat behind Mika’s chair consoling while motivating him,” “Shake it off, shake it off. You’ll get your chance.” When that chance arose and Mika was back on the scoreboard, “Now, take a time out,” insisted Rodney. Mika new that he was right. Ten minutes later Mika’s maturity as an athlete was apparent. He approached the game composed and courageous. The BIG Foot battled ensued until Corteza was on the hill and Mika had fought to 9, Then, up jumped the devil. Remember we’re on BIG Foot now. The slightest overhit can have devastating results. In Mika’s safety attempt to tie up the cue ball, a millimeter made all the difference and Lee Vann was left a peek at the cash. He took it straight to the bank. And then there were four: Shane versus 3 Filipinos. Surprised?

In Semi’s #1, Corteza faced the fearless Ignacio. Jeff started well and was ahead 3-1. Then his break stopped working, “And, I had 4 scratches,” he commiserated. With an 11-7 win, Lee Vann observed, “It seems I’m always coming from behind, Then, he gave me so many opportunities…and I took them,” he smiled wryly. Semi’s #2: Shane’s discipline of practice showed up and his ball pocketing, table speed, position play, were near flawless. Then you add, never mind the power, the precision of his break. When he completes his follow thru, his forefinger is circling the butt 6 inches behind the joint. Previously, Alex was executing like he had found his pool form that eluded him on his return from the snooker circuit. Unfortunately, today, against Shane, he didn’t get a chance to use it. Shane was on fire. Alex, always a gentleman, had to applaud him. And, when Alex did get to break, twice his cue ball found the pocket. He managed only 2 games before Shane had ensured his berth, again, in the finals. Mosconi Cup, Team America captain and Accu-Stats commentator Mark Wilson reported that, “Shane displayed one of the most inspiring 10-Ball performances that he had ever witnessed.” Shane had shot an Accu-Stats’ Total Performance Average(TPA) of 957–on BIG Foot! If you missed the Pay-per -View, no worries, you can catch it, soon, on the DVD. The Finals: it seemed that Corteza was boggled by Van Boening’s power and ability and smothering of Alex. Shane was as comfortable on BIG Foot as he had ever been on any table. He showed no weakness; no sign of stress or nervousness. Lee Vann had slivers of opportunity that he could not quite capture. With Shane on the hill while he, too, had mustered only 2, he missed ball that he would have made in his sleep. Shane had shot him into submission. By allowing only 4 games against him in the semi’s and finals, is there a contender on the planet who can contain Shane?

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From Photos by: Ricky Bryant - RBProductions On Thursday, January the 29th, 2015, Alex Pagulayan put together the most spectacular OnePocket performance ever captured on tape. If that were't enough, he made history as he became the first Triple Crown, "Grand Slam" career winner in all three DCC divisions. He had previously won the 9-Ball and the Bank Pool events. Today, he closed the deal with the One-Pocket title. There was more history: He won 13 consecutive games without a loss. Included in that little package were four consecutive 8-and-outs followed by a 10-and-out. The Accu-Stats arena was brimming with the pool-world's most educated audience. These spectators know their one-pocket. They'll be boasting to their grandchildren about their presence at this one. It wasn't just about his performance; his skill, his execution, his heart. It was also about his charisma, his sportsmanship–his ability to capture the audience's attention…and their hearts. In his match with Efren, both had one loss. Reyes had the honor of the first break in the race to 3 to see who would stay and who would go. They parried back and forth and Efren sent the cue ball safe (so he thought) to the top of the table.

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Alex spied a possible combo in the stack… Craaack, as it smacked in the back of his pocket; He ran 8-andout. 1-0. Alex broke. Efren ran 5 and left, what would have been his 6th consecutive ball, sitting in the jaws of his pocket. Alex, aggressive as ever, ignored Efren's dangling orb and went straight for the jugular. He banked his first ball straight back…and ran 8-and-out: 2-0. Efren broke…and scratched! Alex ran 8-and-out. Efren shrugged, smiled, and warmly shook the young protege's hand: Eventually, the student becomes the master. Against Justin Hall, Pagulayan's unsurpassed prowess recurred as, at the first opportunity to attack, his 8-and-out hot streak continued. 1-0. In game two, he took a couple of intentional fouls, got his opening…and, mercilessly, ran 10-andout! 2-0. Game three: Spectator's expectations ran high.

After running 4, Alex's cue ball position was about a millimeter off which allowed Hall an open table. Justin got two and, under normal circumstances, he would have cleared the table one-handed. He fell afoul of his nerves and drilled a medium distance ball straight into the rail. Alex ran his additional 4 balls to await the undefeated Mike Dechaine. If Alex lost, it was over. To win, Alex had to beat Mike twice. Mike ran 5: Alex, relentless, ran 8-and-out. Soon, another 3-0 win. They took a break and Mike visited Diamond's buy-back booth. The second Finals had a lot more one pocket strategy including dispatching balls up-table to increase the difficulty of running out. It was all to no avail and, to his credit, Mike did win the second game in that set. That was as far as he got. It was all Alex: 3-1 Continued page 10 Results page 30

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Justin Hall from: Skyler Woodward, Francisco Bustamante, John Morra, Justin Hall, Shannon Daulton and Billy Thorpe entered the jam-packed Accu-Stats Arena. Each posted $1500 for the privilege. Hall, after a good day’s sleep was rejuvenated and putting off-angle 3-railers in to the heart of the pocket. Billy Thorpe was the first to go bankrupt, followed by Woodward, Bustamante and, then, Daulton. John Morra was the last contender in the winner take all confrontation. The opening game of $50 a ball soon accumulated to a heart pounding $1,000 a ball. It could easily have gone either way as John and Justin traded banks. Hall was back in form, splitting the jaws with off-angle 3 and 4 railers. John, unintimidated, held court until, 4 hours later, an exhausted, Hall prevailed to pocket the $9,000. Find local Tournaments Here Let create a DVD Video of YOU!

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TOI is an alignment/total playing system, not an Aiming System, of course this can be argued, however the ones now that are using TOI will all know the difference. An Aiming System is like the “sights” on a gun, TOI is the Gun. (metaphorically speaking of course)

Many things have changed in my world and the “pool world,” I no longer want to gamble for a living, it’s better for my sense of “well being” to help players improve and enable them to reach their maximum performance level if they choose to put the time and dedication into it. ‘The Game is the Teacher’

My Aiming System is showcased in 1997 in my DVD ‘Ultimate Pool Secrets’, it teaches to align a spot on the cue ball to either the Center or Edge of the object ball. This “Aiming System” can by used as a check and balance to the TOI, however, it’s not a total playing system like the TOI Technique is. The TOI shifts from visual aiming to Creating Angles using your tip as a reference. The TOI blends ALL aspects of pool playing into one. With TOI you MUST treat every shot the same, in terms of SHOT SPEED - CREATING SHOT ANGLE - and CUE BALL TARGET. When you master the TOI SHOT, you will, in effect be able to play the complete game at a championship level. Have I “mastered” the TOI Technique? The answer is quite simply “yes”..... however just recently have I become advanced at teaching it, in 1997 (when my UPS videos were made) I didn’t want to get into teaching the world a different way of playing. Besides, I was using it myself and was the #1 Player in the World (96 Player of the Year voted by Pool and Billiard Magazine), so I really didn’t want to divulge my most guarded secret at that time.

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Let’s take a close look at how we line up our body with the shot. There are a number of very simple body alignments that can make it easier to shoot straight. If you’ve been playing a long time and are pretty good, you’re probably already doing most of them. This is worth a close look. If you’re off somewhere, making the change should make a difference for you. Look at any shot. As you stand behind the cueball, you can see “the line of the shot.” That’s the line the cueball must travel to hit the object ball or rail (or other target) precisely where you intend. How we choose that exact line is related to what we want to accomplish, our current ability level, and the various aiming adjustments we make to compensate for throw, english, squirt, etc. Choosing that line is not the issue here. The issue at hand is “What’s the best (simplest, most comfortable, most effective, most consistent, easy to remember, easy to check) way to arrange our body around the stick to produce a good, straight stroke and send the cueball down the line of the shot?” Our job as pool players is to produce a consistent, straight, fluid stroke that moves the cueball down the shot line at the right speed and with the right spin. What I’d like you to think about is making good use of your skeleton. We can simplify our job if we align our skeleton well. The better we align our skeleton, the less we have to rely on muscle and various swoops and on-the-fly stroke/aim adjustments. The point I want to drive home is that if we line up well, it’s way easier to hit what we’re aiming at, and to do it consistently and effortlessly. OK. We know where the line of the shot is. Now, imagine there is a vertical plane (a wall) running through that line. There are a bunch of body parts we’re going to align with that plane: • Bridge – This is obvious, but make sure your bridge is planted precisely, and is not pulling to one side or the other. • Grip – Again, obvious. Make sure your grip is as light as possible. The tighter you grip, the more you’ll tend to pull the stick off line during the stroke. • Stroke Arm – This is a big one. Your entire arm – forearm, elbow, upper arm, and shoulder should

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be in the vertical plane. Watch out for wrists curled in or out, elbow tucked in or flying out on the hit stroke. Have someone check you out from front and back. You might be off vertical a little, and not be able to see it or feel it yourself. • Aiming Eye – Obviously, you want to be able to see directly down the line of the shot. Don’t worry about which eye is dominant – just make sure you feel you are seeing straight down the line. Check to make sure your eyes are level. Many players (especially older ones) bend lower than their flexibility allows, so their head tilts a bit. • Chin – Try to get your chin directly over the stick. How can you get your eye and your chin over the stick, and keep your eyes level? Try turning your face (just a little) toward the appropriate side. Check yourself by lowering your chin to the stick once in a while. • Back Foot – The stick should generally run over the top of your back foot. If you find you can’t do that, or can’t get your eye over the cue, your foot placement might be the culprit. With your back foot angled forward a little, try moving the front foot forward a foot or so and out to the side a foot or so from where the back foot is. This will put you in a pretty neutral position. Adjust from there until you can see down the cue, and you feel balanced and comfortable. These are guidelines. Since everyone’s body is different, not everyone will find that all of these alignments are workable. Very tall, very short, and very heavy players usually need some adjustments. A good instructor can help with the adjustments. This approach is intended to get most players arranged into an alignment that makes it easier to see down the line and send the cueball down the line. These alignments can help you stroke more consistently and with less interference from muscle and from limbs that naturally want to move in some direction other than straight. As with any change in your fundamentals, you may experience a decline in your game for a while, but if the change is a good one and you stick with it, you’ll come back stronger. Let’s get straight – and get better.



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Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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I recently participated in the final stop of the Mezz West State Tour on January 24 at Break Time Billiards in Modesto, CA. I did not participate on January 25th, because I did not make it to day two. And… that’s all I have to say about that. Ahem. Congratulations to Vilmos Foldes for an exciting win over Beau Runningen to take the top spot, and make it to #1 on the player rankings! Beau did very well, too, taking #2; and he’s only a semi-pro! Okay, enough about the champs. Back to me. I would like to tell you about my first opponent. We’ll call him “Bob O’Connor,” because that is his name. Bob is an older gentleman, although the term “gentleman” does not do him any justice. He is a kind, soft-spoken man who always seemed to have a relaxed smile on his face. He enjoyed talking about the game, but never intruded upon my shots. He was very deferential to the other players around him, as well. In the corner where we were playing, three tables were just a little too close together, and at times players had to wait for each other to shoot. Every time, he capitulated with a smile on his face, saying “I’m sorry, it’s your shot.” I know you’ve seen players like this. I certainly have. But Bob was just… happy. I am still working on my game. I know I’m not quite there yet, but I love competing in these events against great players. It’s good exposure to the scene, and is definitely helping me during my quest to improve my mental game. I am way down on the rankings for this tour. However, I still played better than Bob. He admitted to me that he doesn’t get to practice much. In fact, he plays mainly on crappy bar boxes, and very rarely gets a chance to play on 9-footers, much less the Diamonds like the one we were playing on. He missed some fairly routine 10-ball shots that should have won him a couple of games. Yet, somehow, Bob managed to keep up a very positive attitude, congratulating me on my 7-1 victory, and wishing me luck for the rest of the tournament. Not once during our match did he scowl, frown, complain, or even sigh. He was the very epitome of class, and a complete gentleman. I lost my next two matches. Both players simply outclassed me; they definitely played better than I that day. During my final match on the one-loss side, I caught myself getting annoyed after dogging a couple of routine shots. I mentally berated myself for missing such easy shots (“What the hell, Michael? You’re better than this!”). When I was done, I wanted nothing more than to just leave, and be done with the place. However, I decided to stick around and watch my friends Jason Williams and Robbie Lyng play their matches. I sat and fumed for a few minutes, recounting to Robbie just how badly I played when he asked.

At one point, I saw Bob walk by. He had lost his match as well, and was out of the competition. He was smiling, and genuinely appeared to be enjoying himself. He was just happy to be there, amongst great pool players, soaking it all in. Immediately, I felt my brain shift; almost like in those Sci-Fi movies, where the hero shifts into a parallel universe and is momentarily confused. I was suddenly no longer upset that I was out of the competition. I was happy to be there, and completely thrilled that many of my friends and acquaintances were still in the running. Food tasted better. There was a smell of fresh-cut flowers, and birds were singing. I could suddenly see in color! Ok… maybe that’s a bit much. But I can tell you, my perspective changed almost instantly. I love pool. I LOVE it. I play it, teach it, and write about it. Everything about the game excites me; it is my happy place. There is no reason for me to get down every time I don’t make the perfect shot, or put the cue ball in the perfect position. Everyone makes mistakes – even the pros. Granted, they make fewer mistakes than I do, but that’s mainly because their recovery time – from anger or disappointment to success – usually lasts a moment, before they are back in the zone. My goal is to get there, too. During my Zen Quest, I have received several book recommendations. One of them, a short read, is “Mastering the Inner Game of Pool,” by David Krolick. I found this one on my own, and it can be downloaded to Kindle (I use the iOS app) for about five bucks. Jason Williams told me about Point the Way by The Monk (Tim Miller). I have not read it yet, but Jason swears by it. That’s good enough for me, considering he was able to take 7/8th this weekend, he never practices (grr!), and has a terrific attitude about the game. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of perspective to help you with your game. I always tell my students to walk around the table if they’re not sure about a shot. Look at it from different angles, because you may find something you didn’t see from behind the cue ball. Maybe I should follow my own advice. If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at pool@billiardsprofessor. com. I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at Come on by and join the discussion!

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About 95 percent of the shots you shoot don’t require any special technique. The cue ball goes straight to the object ball, the object ball goes straight to the pocket, and if you’ve done a little planning, the cue ball goes on to position for the next shot. Those shots do require skill, but usually not some kind of special skill. The other 5% of shots do require something extra, maybe a little magic. It was Efren Reyes’ ability to come up with the 5% and 1% and one-in-a-million shots that got him the nickname “The Magician.” While you may not get to Efren’s level in specialty shots, it’s not hard to improve from your current level if you spend some time working on them. They are really fun to pull off to win a tight match. Shot 1 is a common situation. You are very slightly blocked by the 8 ball from hitting the 1 ball. Without curve you can bring the cue ball to the shaded spot at best if you just barely miss the 8 and that path might not even contact the 1 ball. The answer is to use a little elevation and right spin and curve the cue ball around the 8. In the position shown, the 1 ball is a huge target since it’s close to the pocket and a little off the cushion so a cushion-first shot will also make the ball. This is the kind of shot that any player can make at least half the time with practice. In Shot 1A the details of the technique are broken down. The first part of the planning is to decide how far from the 8 you have to aim in order to miss it. The cue ball will start off close to the line of the cue stick, but it will start curving immediately, so you have to allow a little extra clearance. In the diagram I show an aiming line well away from the balls. The farther out you go the farther you have to come back and the harder the shot is. One of the things you need to work on in practice is how little margin you can get away with for each kind of shot. There is an amazing technique to aim the curved part of the shot that was discovered nearly 200 years ago. Note the “spot” line that is also drawn in Shot 1A. This line is through the spot the cue ball rests on and parallel to the final direction you want the cue ball to take. When you have the right elevation and English, your cue stick will point to a spot on the cloth that’s on that line. For the shot shown, you will need quite a bit of elevation. In Shot 1B an expanded view is shown. Note that the cue stick as seen from above is offset and elevated so that it can point to the spot on the cloth. It may take a while to wrap your mind around this visualization, but once you have the idea, lots of curve shots get much easier to plan. Note that usually there are lots of spots along the spot line and which one you choose depends on how much elevation you need and where the aiming

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line is. In Shot 2 is a short range shot that’s also very common. Maybe the 2 can be made with a precision hit, but left English helps in two ways. It will help throw the 2 ball towards the pocket but it will also curve the cue ball around the 9 to get a fuller hit on the 2. I find that for shots like this where the blocker ball is about half way to the target, it works well to use a stroke that would get a stop shot at the blocker. That is, you want a little draw and a soft hit so the cue ball is sliding as it goes by the 9 ball. If it still has a lot of draw at that point, you have probably hit the ball too hard for the curve to take effect in time. For Shot 2, finesse is the right way -- soft or softer -and remember to shoot a little away from the 9 ball.


Anthony Beeler is a 2013 BCA National 9-Ball team champion. He also finished 9th out of 1086 players in the 2013 BCA National 8-Ball Championships. He is a certified Level 3 instructor for the American CueSports Alliance and is the founder of Maximize Your Potential Billiards Academy located in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. Beeler is also a fully licensed Kentucky Educator having, received his bachelor’s degree at Campbellsville University and his master’s degree in Education Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University. Throughout his pool-playing career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

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What is our fascination with pool? Personally, the game reminds me of life itself. In order to come out ahead, you need to be able to be able to deal with your areas of weakness; build on your strengths, and remain positive—otherwise, as tobacco farmers often put it, “You’re going to be in for a tough row to hoe.” In this article, I want to focus on how goal setting for your pool game will give you greater confidence to succeed and how that setting goals and achieving them will have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Motivation is very important! I am sure you have heard yourself say, “I always make it to the finals and feel really tired,” or “My love for the game of pool just isn’t there anymore.” In order for you to play the game more positively or get more out of life, you need to set goals for yourself that are difficult but attainable. Goals are nothing more than dreams with a due “Goals Should be Written” date! Making goals is a process that people do on a regular basis; however, what we tend to do is establish goals in our heads and then expect them to magically happen without ever doing any hard work or ever changing anything. As the months roll by and you have not achieved what you thought you would, your self-esteem may suffer. You need to remember that when you are setting goals, they need to be yours, not someone else’s or what you think you should be doing because someone else said so. Ultimately you are the one responsible for the way you play and it is also your responsibility to decide what needs to be done in order for you to be successful. Sometimes pool players come to me because they do not like to compete anymore and they cannot understand why. This often turns out to be because they are thinking negatively or putting unnecessary pressure on themselves to win. It is also quite common for a player to buy into someone else’s vision. Before you set your goals, make sure that they are what you want—otherwise you will be setting yourself up for failure. Above all else, your pool playing goals should be written—give yourself monthly targets with benchmark assessments. Be sure to celebrate any successes that you might have. Always start with the end in mind and work on what you need to change in order to make your goals into a reality. That might mean taking lessons from a certified instructor, or practicing at the poolroom two or three times per week. A proficient instructor will know how to assess your skills and should be able to recognize the areas you need to improve upon. They should be able to help you get the most out of your game by guiding you in the direction you want to be taken. There are many reputable instructors that can be found online through the American CueSports Association (ACS) or Professional Billiards Instructors Association (PBIA). You can also work on your game from the comfort of your own home by visiting and enrolling in Virtual Billiard Academy…but whatever you choose to do, you need to commit to it and have an action plan. Remember, in the words of W.L. Bateman, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” The bottom line is that you have to be willing to change if you want to succeed.

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Leland Flint Benefit Pool Tournament

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49 teams from all across Montana came together Nate & Frank split with Dave & Loreen for 1st place 1st $200 + $155 3rd $100 Rich Hill & Chris Donate contact Mike Shaff at the American Legion 406-586-8400 Raised $3318 plus money was donated back by pool players who finished in the money. Lots of good people in Montana’s pool community that come together when it counts Teams came from Helena, Butte, Whitehall, Billings, Great Falls, Townsend from all over the state. American Legion Bar and Eagles Club where the main tournament was played. As many of you may already know, our long time pool colleague and friend, Leland Flint, was in a motorcycle accident. We held an Open Scotch Doubles pool tournament to help Leland offset some of the many expenses his accident has caused to accrue. The cost was $20 per team, with half of the entry going directly to Leland. The other half went towards the payouts. Local businesses also donate to the payouts. In addition to the tournament, we had raffles, a silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing. Lunch was served. Leland said, “I would like to thank everyone that attended the pool tournament that was held on Saturday for my benefit. Express thanks to

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Loreen Carey and Mike Schaff without whom it would not have happened. Once again, many thanks to all. It was a wonderful day... Lots of people I hadn’t seen for a while, I had a nice visit with all. Many thanks to Mike Schaff, Tom Pratt, and anyone else involved. By the end of the day,it got to be that it was not about the money, but more about a wonderful conversation with friends that I have not touched base with for a while. Once again, many thanks to all... You people are just wonderful...I don’t think I can describe the emotional end of the situation. Once again, I love you all.” What a fun pool tournament today for my friend Leland Flint’s Benefit, to help with expense’s from a motorcycle incident last year.... Silent auction, 5050 draw’n [w/over $500], Door prize of a 2 day overnight all expense paid to our state tourney, and misc drawings for merchant gifts...Gosh, after 26 racks, and 2 loses in a race to 3 match, me partner Pete Vinning and I went down in defeat at 5:45 pm. after a 11 am start.. T’was a long day for me..but well worth the time spent to help out. Special Thx goes out to the American Legion Post & Bozeman Eagles # 326, w/ Mike Schaff’s effort for hosting this event...Thank you THX Tom Pratt mgr. of the Bozeman Eagles for the free lunch for the players..Spaggetti, green salad, garlic and cinnamon sticky buns early morning.

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Pictured Left to Right: Niles Kapuniai, Kris Derby, Randy Baker, Brent Schott The 1st event of the 2015 season “Win Jim’s money” 9 Ball Tournament saw a robust 57 players participate. Players from the Willamette Valley congregated at The Cue Ball in Salem to battle for the best.Players ranged in age from 16 to 70. Some state The Cue Ball is the Best Venue for a quality tournament in Oregon and quite possibly the West Coast. If you’ve ever been here, you might agree. Hill Hill battles were the norm for the day. Randy Baker met Brent Schott for the privilege of remaining in the winners bracket. Baker won when Schott missed a duck 9 ball, sending Schott to the losers side.

Randy Baker met Niles Kapuniai for the hot seat. Baker started hot, taking the 1st two. Kapuniai rebounded to take the next 3 and claim the match and the hot seat. Schott met Kris Derby, seeking to get back to meet Baker. The match went to the hill where Schott won on the last shot, setting up the rematch with Baker. Schott succumbed to a relentless attack from Randy Baker, who won the match with a 6- 3 score, setting up a rematch with Kapuniai. Niles Kapuniai had been sitting awhile and figured to be a little cold. Baker won the coin flip and

broke, dry.Kapuniai then proceed to put the heat on high and never let Baker back to the table, claiming 1st place and the $280 prize. Baker settled for 2nd and $160. Brent Schott, for his trouble took home 3rd place and $100. Kris Derby ended up 4th with $80 for his troubles. It was a great start to a new season. 57 players, while not a record was certainly a great turnout. No one is turned away and a new record could be set this season. The next event will be held Feb. 14 and we look forward to seeing YOU at The Cue Ball!

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On January 10th and 11th we had 35 players for an Open 8-Ball tournament on 9ft. Gold Crowns. It was a $60 dollar entry, BCA rules with winner break and race to 7/5. After a long day Saturday we started Sunday with all races back to 7. On the A-side we started with JD (John Doherty) playing Smiley on the top and Stan Tourangeau vs. Brady Golan on the bottom. Mean while on the B-side John Cassidy playing Randy Ohrstrom and David Williams playing Scott Brasher. Randy and David came away with the wins leaving John C. and Scott B. tied for

7th/8th. As Smiley defeated JD sending him to the B-side to meet Randy and Brady defeated Stan who met David on the b-side. JD overcame Randy and Stan beat David leaving Randy and David Tied for 5th/6th. The point match was set with Brady and Smiley with Brady eventually pulling away with the win over Smiley 7/2. On the B-Side Stan beat JD to continue on and play Smiley next. Stan came away with the victory to set up a rematch with Brady for chance at winning the tournament. Stan won the first set against Brady 7/2. Brady was able to fend off Stan’s charge and get

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NEW YEAR’S DAY at the New Broken Rack In 2014, after 16 years at our original location, The Broken Rack moved. We decided to celebrate our first New Year’s Day at the new Broken Rack with something we had never done before—a New Year’s Day 9 Ball tournament. The tournament was open; the format was double elimination, race to 5 on both sides. As it turned out, at 25 entries the field wasn’t large but it was deep, with a number of very talented players. When Mr. Corey Duel walked in the door, however, there was a clear crowd favorite. No one was going to have an easy time of it though. Early on, in a hill/hill match, Jaynard Orque sent Corey to the one loss side only to follow him there after losing to his next opponent, Kevin McLaughlin. Kevin went on to defeat Eric Scott to gain a place in the hot seat match. Jonathon Ludwig took the other spot with wins over Daoud Salman, Mike Suhr, Frank Robutz and John Hwang, then won the hot seat


match too. Meanwhile Corey had been working his way through the one loss side and was able to defeat Kevin as well, making it to the finals the long way. To win the tournament he still needed to beat Jonathan Ludwig twice. Corey took the first match 5-3 but Jonathan hung tough taking it to the hill before Corey prevailed. The top four finishers in order were: Corey Duel, Jonathan Ludwig, Kevin McLaughlin and Mike Suhr. Eric Scott and John Hwang finished 5/6. Thank you to all the players who came out for our first ever New Year’s Day tournament. We plan to do it again next year. Our pool schedule is up and running. In December we finished the first session of our BCA team 8 Ball league with The New Kids and One Ball Hangin’ winning their respective divisions. Mike Suhr and Patrick Maxwell took Top Shooter awards. Our One Pocket League, sanctioned by California Cue Sports and run by Bee

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Davison finished a session in January. We have a handicapped 9 Ball tournament every Tuesday night, sanctioned by the National Pool League and run by Linda Silva. Next up will be our annual Presidents Day Tournament on Monday, February 16. That’s an open 8 Ball Tournament, double elimination with races to 3 on the winner’s side and 2 on the one loss side. We’ll add $300 with a field of 32 or more; $400 with a full field of 64. Entry fee will be $30. Last Labor Day we couldn’t accommodate all the people who wanted to play so we are starting earlier than in the past (1 pm) and we will be taking prepaid entries in advance. Call or email The Broken Rack 510-652-9808; playpool@thebrokenrack. com for more information. We’re very proud of our new room. If you haven’t yet visited, we hope you’ll come in soon. We’re located at 5768 Peladeau Street in Emeryville, just off the Powell St exit from the I80/580 interchange.

A Memorial Tournament to Celebrate a Life…A Legend The Larry Martin Memorial Tournament was created in the hopes of memorializing one of the greatest men to ever hold a cue. The past two years have shown us a direction. Showing that the respect for the game, has become most important. With that in mind, the Larry Martin Memorial Tournament has become the second largest paying tournament in the Rocky Mountain Region. Here are some of the reasons why: 121 Entries from 5 different States, with 4 divisions. $4,840.00 in added sponsorship money, and a total payout of $9,165.00. Some of the greatest players this region has ever seen from Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska and South Dakota were in Laramie for one weekend. Players like Marc Vidal, Jose Loma, Monte Thayer, Dave Rogers Sr.,

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9-Ball Division - The Final Match

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By Philip Capelle - Warren Kiamco 9 - Alex Pagulayan 7 As they prepared to square off for the finals, Warren Kiamco had not lost a match, but Alex Pagulayan had. This meant that If Kiamco won, he would be the 9-Ball champion. If Pagulayan won, they would play another race to 9 for the title. In the first match Kiamco led at one point, 4-3, then Pagulayan lowered the boom with a string of 6 straight wins to close out the match with a score of 9-4. A key moment came in the ninth game when Kiamco left Pagulayan with a long, but very makeable draw/billiard on the 9-ball, which was near the pocket and the end rail. The Lion made it, and then closed out the set with three break and runs. All tournament long Pagulayan had been in terrific form, including one of the best displays of runout 1-Pocket ever in his last four matches, which he won by a combined score of 12-1 for the title. And, after his explosion at the end of the first final match, it would have been perfectly understandable if Kiamco had folded like the proverbial cheap tent in the final finals.



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But he did not, and therein lies the story of the amazing revival of this grizzled veteran, who was looking for his first Derby City crown, and arguably the biggest title of his career. On to the match. In game 1 Pagulayan broke but did not make a ball, and then sat in his chair and watched Kiamco run out the rack, and break and run the next two to race out to a 3-0 lead. MC Ken Shuman’s introduction for Pagulayan includes “He’s the smallest man, but with the biggest heart.” It would be hard to argue with him as you don’t become Master of the Table, which he did, without having a big one. So, it came as no surprise that Pagulayan began a comeback that commenced with a gamewinning crossover bank followed by a break and run. 3-2, Kiamco. Undeterred, Kiamco ran out in game 6 after Pagulayan missed a 3-9 billiard, then broke and ran two more racks to take a 6-2 lead. In game 9, Pagulayan tried a Continued page 32 Results page 30

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Cristina Watson FULL NAME: Cristina Watson NICKNAME: Tina HOME TOWN: Franklin,IN BIRTH DATE: 8/21/1995 GRADE: 10th GPA: 3.5 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Lags Billiards Columbus,In Brickyard Billiards Indianapolis, In

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FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Country HOBBIES: Pool and gymnastics FAVORITE POOL GAME: 8- ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: The Black Widow FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza FICTIONAL HERO: Batman REAL-WORLD HERO: Parents FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Being dressed up the same as my sister and everyone confusing us as twins GOALS (personal and/or career): to go to college and become a vet Anything else you’d like people to know about you? I’m a nice person and really outgoing.

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Congratulations to the Cue-Topia Junior League in Lakewood WA. This was the first session of the Junior League ages 8-18 and the competition was fierce. A total of 14 juniors participated this session including 5 girls and 9 boys. 7 teams of 2 players playing 8 ball. The players were teamed up in pairs, but not stacked up which made the competition very even. It went down like this. After 7 weeks of play the team of Casey Washington and Haven Seidelman landed in a tie with 15 points for 1st position against Tyler Reygers and his teammate Jesyca Vandel. Third position with 13 points was Daniel Sardcillo and Elizabeth Carson, Isaiah Lenard and Jacob Reygers bringing in 11 points for 4th position, Abdul Meskienyar and Jonathan Tomasini tying with Nastassja Hinds-Severson and Morgan Day in 5th position and Kenneth Robertson

and Richelle Carson in 6th position. We now went into 2 weeks of play-off matches and all the teams jockeyed for position. The end results were: Tyler Reygers and Jesyca Vandel tying for first place with Daniel Sardcillo and Elizabeth Carson. 3rd place went out to Casey Washington and Haven Seidelman, 4th place a tie between Isaiah Lenard and Jacob Reygers with Abdul Meskienyar and Jonathan Tomsini, 5th place to Nastassja Hinds-Severson and Morgan Day and 6th place to Kenneth Robertson and Richelle Carson. The teams were awarded pool ball key chains with a participation award, pizza, parent/kid competition and a great time. The individual winners for the boys were Tyler Reygers in 1st place and Daniel Sardcillo in 2nd. The top two girls were Nastassja Hinds-Severson 1st and Morgan Day 2nd. The individual winners

were awarded medals with trophy stands that hold their medals. These four kids have earned a spot in the Billiards Education Foundation National Championships that will be held in July. We wish them all the best of luck and may the rolls come their way. We are very proud of our Junior League. All these players showed great sportsmanship, respect and encouraged one another. We anticipate an increase in enrollment this next session which begins February 21st. Enrollment is now. If you have a junior with an interest for pool, regardless of skill level or experience, bring them down to join the fun. Congratulations to all the kids that participated this last session. You should be proud of yourself because we are all proud of you. See you next session.

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Banks Lake Pub Banks Lake Pub hosted the Annual Ben Flores Mixed Doubles Memorial Tournament on January 17th, 2015. A total of 18 couples entered with the final results as follows:

1st/2nd Place Split: Kevin Horner/Sheila Sheehey $360 plus jackets Dan & Mary Coffman $360 3rd Place: Pat Guzman/Nikki Root $200 plus jackets 4th Place: Russell Boyd/Lettye Hall $100 plus caps

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Based on a field of 12+ players (max 16 players)

February 27 & 28 & March 1, 2015

Calcutta 6:00 pm on Friday, play begins immediately after. All first round matches will be played Friday night. Saturday play will begin at 10:00 am.

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difficult shot from long range that required a thin hit, missed the ball entirely, and Kiamco took ball in hand and ran the final six balls to assume a commanding lead of 7-2. In game 10 Kiamco scratched while playing a safety, and Pagulayan ran out. The score: Kiamco 7, Pagulayan 3. At this point, the excitement level jumped several notches. In game 11 Kiamco played a kick shot, sold out and, with three balls on the table, it looked like Pagulayan would surely close the gap to 7-4. But he did that funny move with his right shoulder that he so often does, and perhaps it was the reason for his untimely miscue. In any event, Kiamco took ball in hand and ran the remaining three balls to reach the hill with a lead of 8-3. Surely the title was now a mere formality for Kiamco, and it looked that way as he began to work his way through a very runnable rack. But then a very strange thing happened – he overran position on the 3-ball (I think), and left the cue ball on the rail. He faced a thin cut, and the cue ball was going to go right at the side pocket, or barely miss it. My guess is that Kiamco knew it was probably a dead scratch, but he would not know for sure unless he played it – after all, he might have been wrong! But the cue ball went straight in the side, and Pagulayan took ball in hand and ran the final five to close the gap to 8-4. The tension mounted as the crowd, which was obviously pulling for him, began to scream for the Lion to stage a comeback. And he did with a runout in the next game following a safety. Then came a 9-ball on the break and a break and run, closing the gap to a single game at 8-7. Pagulayan missed position in the next game when his inside english route failed to close the angle off the rail enough, forcing him to play a kick shot. He responded with a superb kick/hook safety. Kiamco played one of his own, so Pagulayan had to play a lengthy kick up and down the middle of the table – and though he hit the ball, he left Kiamco with a potential tournament winning seven ball runout. Maybe the pressure finally got to Kiamco, because he misplayed a couple position routes and ended up with a very missable combo which required that he use the bridge. (See the video). But he steadied himself, deftly guided the 9-ball into the pocket and collapsed, like a marathon runner might, on the table in a huge display of relief – his march to victory complete. The score line: KKK PP KKKK P K PPPP K Accu-Stats TPA Warren Kiamco - .894 Results back on page 30 Alex Pagulayan - .864

Li Goes Undefeated Kawania Watson, Tara Williams, Kim Benson, Nicole Albergaria, and Jennifer Kraber won two out of three of their matches in the phase. Kelly Jones, who won just a single match of her three in the phase was also advanced to the final 16. Emerging from the opening round of the single elimination phase (and combined with their second round opponent) were Watson and Lea, Smith and Albergaria, Benson and Li, and Shea and Williams. Lea advanced to the semifinals with a 7-3 win over Watson. Albergaria downed Smith 7-2. Li was tested, but survived a double hill battle against Benson, while Shea advanced with a 7-5 win over Williams. Lea defeated Albergaria 7-5, as two of the JPNEWT representatives - Li and Shea - squared off in the other semifinal. The two had met three times in the finals on the JPNEWT tour, with Li winning all three. She defeated Shea in this match, as well; 7-4, to advance to the finals against Lea. Li got out in front in the single race-to-9 final and stayed there. She completed her undefeated run with a 9-4 win over Lea and claimed the 2015 Regional Tour Championship title.

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Jia Li, who entered the WPBA’s Regional Tour Championship on the weekend of January 8-11, having won three stops on the 2014 J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour, went undefeated through the event’s field of 64 to claim the WPBA’s 2015 Regional Tour Championship title. Her opponent in the finals of the RTC, Betty Lea from Atlanta, GA was a single event winner and Leader of the Year from the 2014 Sport 9 Ladies Tour. Together, they had survived two round robin stages of the RTC; Li, going undefeated through 10 matches in two stages, while Lea won seven of her 10 matches. The two advanced into a 16-player single elimination phase, which culminated when they faced each other, early Sunday evening. Li added four victories to her undefeated list to take the final match over Lea. In all, 64 players, representing 14 regional women’s tours gathered at Breakers Sky Bar Lounge in Herndon, VA to compete for the 2015 Regional Tour Champion title. It was the first combined RTC since 2008. Half of the entrants shared over $11,000 in prize money, including Li’s first place prize of $2,500 and Lea’s $1,400 as runner up. In Stage One of the event, which divided the 64 entrants into eight groups and began on Thursday, January 8, Jia Li, Bernie Store, and Gail Eaton were the only competitors to emerge from the seven-match phase, undefeated. April Larson, Dawn Fox, Belinda Calhoun, Rebecca Wagner, Linda Shea, Nicole Albergaria, and Natalie Mans had each given up one match in the phase. They, along with 22 others, entered a Stage Two, three-match round robin phase, which featured eight groups of four players. The top two from each of the eight groups in Stage Two advanced to the 16-player, single elimination and final phase of the tournament. Stage Two featured five undefeated performances (Li, Lea, Shea, Wagner and Meredith Lynch), while Samantha Barrett, Belinda Calhoun, Michele West, Suzanne Smith, Gail Eaton,


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Crowned 2015 Colorado Junior State 9-Ball Champion

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Dale of Prescott Valley, Arizona to take 3rd in the event, also finishing Top 14 & Under player to receive a custom trophy, paid entry into the 2015 BEF Junior National Championships, a Seth Krafczik Johnny Archer Scorpion Cue, and a gift bag. 11-year-old Amanda Campbell finished in the final 8 to claim the award for top finishing girl in the event. All participants received goody bags made courtesy of Melissa Little, Billiard Education Foundation, and aBilliards. com. Additional prizes were donated by Felt, Jacoby Custom Cues, Bullseye Billiards, and Scorpion Cues. Special Thanks to Melissa Little, Audra Wasson, Rudy Kaluza, and Jeremiah Gage for volunteering their time to promote and support this January 19, 2015 (Denver, CO): The 10th Annual event. Thanks also to all the participants this weekend Colorado Junior State 9-Ball Championships was held and their families. at Felt Billiards in Englewood, Colorado January 18, Past Colorado State 9-Ball Champions 2015 with 16-year-old Seth Krafczik taking the gold 2013 Nathan Diederich – Victorville, CA home to Nebraska. For the second year in a row, this 2012 Randy Rodriguez – Cheyenne, WY prestigious title has left the state. Reigning champion 2011 Nick Weston – Greeley, CO Nathan Diederich of Victorville, California was not 2010 Ricky Smiley – Colorado Springs, CO present this year to defend his title. 2009 Malek Haj Hussein – Colorado Springs, CO This labor of love organized by “The Viper” 2008 James Fortin – Denver, CO Melissa Little drew its largest field to date of 29 2007 Nicole Keeney – Englewood, CO players from all over the state, including Nebraska and 2006 DJ Martinez – Pueblo, CO Arizona. It’s a handicapped event wherein players ages 2005 Zack Winter – Denver, CO 11 and under raced to 3 games, ages 12-15 raced to 5, The BEF is grateful for the continued support and ages 16-18 raced to 7. of its premier sponsors for helping to make the 17-year-old Taren Stewart defeated Krafczik Junior State Championships (JSC) program possible: in the winner-side finals, only to face him again Simonis Cloth and Aramith. Thanks in part to in the two-set finale with reversed scores. Krafczik and all the JSC hosts and received a custom trophy, engraved custom Jacoby organizers. cue, paid entry into the 2015 BEF Junior National For more information on sponsoring, hosting, 9-Ball Championships, a $200 Academic Scholarship or participating in a Junior State Championship, courtesy of Felt Billiards, a Bullseye Billiards game set, visit or call (303) 926-1039. and gift bag. Complete list of nationwide junior events listed here: 14-year-old Hunter Stoops eliminated Michael

Results 1st Place

Amanda Campbell

Hunter Stoops

Taren Stewart

Seth Krafczik, age 16, Kimball, NE

Trophy, Custom Jacoby Cue, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals $200 Academic Scholarship, Bullseye Billiards game set, Gift Bag

2nd Place Taren Stewart, age 17, Westminster, CO Trophy & Prizes, Bullseye Billiards game set, Gift Bag 3rd Place & Top Finishing 14 & Under Hunter Stoops, age 14, Thornton, CO Trophy & Prizes, Johnny Archer Scorpion cue, Paid Entry to 2015 BEF Jr Nationals Gift Bag 4th Place Michael Dale, age 17, Prescott Valley, AZ Top Finishing Girl Amanda Campbell, age 11, Arvada, CO Award, Gift Bag

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Sunday Feb 22nd Is She Still Your Valentine? Mixed Scotch Doubles 9-Ball on 9 ft. Gold Crowns - $25 entry NO GFs - $5 added per team Race to 3/2 - BCA rules - Alt Break - Roll out and 3 foul


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JAN 10TH doubles had 19 teams @$50. each 1st $400 Jason Tigart & Brian Borchlewicz 2nd $300 Jack McFetridge & John Servoss 3rd $200 Jim Ward & Ryan of Lewistown 4th $100 Terry Wegner & Rich Little of Helena JAN 24TH 9-ball had 20 players @ $25 each. 1st $240 Jerrod Korst of Great Falls 2nd $180 Brian Borchlewicz of Great Falls 3rd $120 Wade Thompson of Great Falls 4th $60 Jerry Churchill of Helena

2015 Women for Women Pool Tournament Singles 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th

Phyllis Hernandez – Washington Janet Dunks – Butte, Montana Jaunita Brown – Utah Natalie Thompson – Utah Jessica Orth – Washington Misty DeBates – Bozeman, Montana Ashley Vancamp – Great Falls, MT Tenille Whitten – Utah

Doubles 1st 2nd 3rd 4th


Lisa Tesdale and Jessica Grandwohl – Townsend, Montana Jaunita Brown and Tenille Whitten – Utah Phyllis Hernandez and Dyamelle Castilleja - Washington Misty DeBates (Bozeman, MT) and Jessica Orth - Washington

The Whitehall, MT Pool Tournament 13th Annual Cori Bishop, Dave McLaughlin, Steve Dyson Memorial Scotch Doubles Tournament January 17th &18 at the community center at 9:00 am in Whitehall, MT Play started shortly after 10:00 am. Play was held at the Mint, Legends, Two Bit, & the Community center. Race to 4. Open Scotch Doubles, $50.00 per team, $200.00 added. 48 teams battled at this great fun tournament. Great Job Dwayne McClanahan and crew. 1st Wade Thompson, Jeff Boucher 2nd Jim Winter, AJ Martino 3rd Nate Neergard, Mike Schaff

January Juggernaut

IN SALT LAKE CITY A room full of people sat on the edges of their seats watching the final match after a 2-day shoot out at the Batter’s Up Bar and Grill in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah. The first annual January Juggernaut kicked off on Friday night with a terrific warm up contest of eight ball which featured 32 players racing to two and paying down to 8 players. Friday night’s contest saw Brian Johnson from Rock Springs, WY taking the honors over Damian Pongpanik playing out of Seattle, Washington. On Saturday 26 players from 5 different states paid a hundred dollar entry fee and competed for a total purse of $3,210.00. After a lively Calcutta the players were ready to begin the battles. The tournament was a race to nine, 9-ball competition; every match was intense and featured AA and AAA action. Mike Bacum, owner of the beautiful pool room at the Batter’s Up added a thousand dollars to entice players from all over the western United States. Players from Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado and Utah enjoyed the intense competition and the hospitality of the Salt Lake bar. “Utah welcomes the competition from the best players in the Rocky Mountain area,” said tournament director, Jeff Whitehead. Mike and Jeff were pleased with the response from the players and the players had nothing but good to things to say about the venue and the tournament. The powerful play began promptly at noon with matches featuring some of the best players around. It ended later that evening after a full day of excellent pool exhibitions. Six competitors returned Sunday morning fresh and ready to begin the tough matches that lay ahead. Ace Brown met Damian Pongpanik and Randy met Scott Dahle for the matches to determine 5th and 6th place. Scott and Ace moved on to play for 4th place and Ace ended up playing Tommy Baker who had lost earlier in the afternoon to ATM who now sat on the hill. Tommy and Ace played a dynamic match for 3rd place. Tommy came away the winner to face ATM again in the finals. Both men were shooting lights out and played an outstanding match with Tommy besting ATM in the first of the double elimination finals. They flipped for the break in the final match of the day and the race was on. The adrenaline was flowing and the competition was fierce as Tom Baker ended up the winner of the match and the two-day tournament.

28th Annual Traynor Memorial Thank you so much Lyle Cusson and Dave Garcia for running the 28th Annual Traynor Memorial pool tourney at Cinz Bar, Butte, Montana. Great job guys! Thanks to all the players also! 1st place Dan Hamper & Frank Kincl 2nd place Jason Dawes & Sam Rubick 3rd place Mike Schaff & Joe Swartzer 4th place Tim Murphy & Mark Strongburg 5th place Chase Morrison & C.J.Studle 6th place George Price & Josh Morigeau 7th place Lyle Cusson & Ted Beck 8th place Mike Boggs & Josh Kovneski

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Tommy Baker, Bountiful, Utah


2nd place ATM, Denver, Colorado $700.00 3rd place Ace Brown, Ogden Utah


4th place Scott Dahle, Salt Lake City, Utah $310.00

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AZBilliards has chosen Shane Van Boening and Ga Young Kim as the Players of the Year for 2014. Readers should note that AZB tracks players through all events, nationally and internationally, and does not choose based on participation in US events alone. This year it really would not matter what criteria you used. Shane and Ga Young were simply unsurpassed at winning pool. Ladies first, so let’s review the year that Ga Young Kim gave us. This year was easier to rate than most as all of our players under consideration played in at least five of the same events and all are at the top of the WPA rankings. There were six players to consider, all of whom had years of which they can be proud. Siming Chen is the WPA #1 ranked player and was our most consistent player. She took 2nd at the World 9-Ball Championship and then had 3rd-place podium finishes at the China Open, the Amway World Openand the WPBA Masters. But she could not find a single major victory this year and as a result her payouts were on the slim side. Sha Sha Liu also had an admirable year by winning the World 9-Ball title and coming in third on the WPA points list. She also took third at the China Open. Han Yu had a single star in her sky as she won the China Open this year. An honorable mention must also go to her fifth place finish at the Women’s World 9-Ball. A similar year was on tap for Chou Chieh Yuwho celebrated winning the Amway Cup but then managed top ten but not podium results in the Worlds and the China Open. Finally, our hearts wanted to give Kelly Fisher the award this year as she had a great year while also undergoing heart surgery. Her International Tournament of Champions win was unexpected, but POY awards are based on stats and those fall heavily into Ga Young’s camp. In same event competition, Ga Young came out ahead in the China Open, the 9-Ball Worlds and the WPBA Masters while Kelly Fisher only bested her once at the Amway Cup. Ga Young Kim stayed close to the podium all year. She won the WPBA Masters and helped knock Kelly Fisher out of the running for POY by beating her in the sudden-death finals. Of interest, Siming Chen came in third at this event. Kim took second at the China Open and third at the World 9-Ball Championship. She also did well at two events that do not qualify for inclusion in POY rankings as she won the Women’s International Pool Championship and took 3rd at the Women’s Tournament of Champions.

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For the men no one came close to Shane Van Boening. For one thing, Van Boening plays in more events than most anyone else. In 52 weeks he came in the top ten in over 30 events. And he won twelve of them. TWELVE! It was a breakthrough year for him, something that is hard for a veteran to do. But Van Boening had two heart-stopping moments in 2014. First, he won his first major International event by taking down the World Pool Masters. Then he took his third consecutive U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, a feat that no one else has ever accomplished. One more U.S. Open and he will tie Earl Strickland with five of those puppies. Van Boening was favored to win at any event where he unfurled his cue. In addition to the above he won: • The Derby City Classic Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge • The Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division • The $10,000 challenge match with Nick Ekonomopoulos (Not counted for POY honors.) • The Players Championship at Super Billiards Expo • The Andy Mercer Memorial • The United States Barbox 9-Ball • The Untied States Barbox 10-Ball • The Carom Room Classic (Not counted for POY honors.) • The United States Barbox Open Bonus (Not counted for POY honors.) And many smaller events that we do not include here as we do not have their entire results. By our records Van Boening earned over $188,000 in 2014 and that puts him over $50,000 ahead of his nearest competitor, Darren Appleton. 2014 was no doubt the Year of Van Boening. Were there any disappointments? Of course, there always are and Van Boening ended the year with a performance at the Mosconi Cup that we are certain he would like to forget. But that is an event in a league of its own. When Van Boening shows up in a normal tournament room the odds all shift in his favor. He is an absolute lock for the Hall of Fame and we only wonder if he can beat his own records in 2015.

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DAY CITY Mondays Boise Thursdays Boise Sundays Idaho Falls Orofino Pocatello

LOCATION The Pocket The Pocket Pocket The Shot Glass Oasis Bar

PHONE (208) 375-2474 (208) 375-2474 (208) 525-9962 (208) 476-0243 (208) 232-9347

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Open 9-Ball Open 8-Ball Blind Draw Dbls 8-Ball Ball-in-hand 8/9 Ball Alternating

ENTRY $5 $5 $5 $5 $5

ADDED $$$ $$$ $$$ $100 min pot Matching

TIME 8:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 1PM 8:00PM

DAY Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Sundays

LOCATION Batters Up Batters Up Batters Up Batters Up

PHONE (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996 (801) 463-4996

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball

ENTRY $5 $5 $10 $25

ADDED Matching Matching Matching $10/player

TIME 8:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM 1:00PM

DAY Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

CITY Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City CITY Tacoma Everett Sumner Tacoma Amboy Burien Burien Everett Spokane Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma Vancouver Electric City Lakewood Ocean Park Tacoma Tacoma Vancouver Vancouver Burien Burien Lakewood Sumner Spokane Vancouver Vancouver Tacoma Vancouver

40 N Riverside Ave Medford, OR 541-779-6111


LOCATION Cue-Topia O’Finnigan’s Pub Log Cabin (1st Tues) Cue-Topia Nick’s Bar & Grill BZ’s Sport Bar Good Time Ernie’s O’Finnigan’s Pub Black Diamond Cue-Topia Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Latitude 84 4th Plain Tavern Banks Lake Pub Schooners Doc’s Tavern Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Legends Spot Bar & Grill Good Time Ernie’s (1st Sat) Good Time Ernie’s (3rd Sat) Schooners Log Cabin (3rd Sat) Black Diamond Legends Spot Bar & Grill Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Spot Bar & Grill

PHONE (253) 512-6898 (425) 745-4805 (253) 863-2905 (253) 512-6898 (360) 247-9914 (206) 243-6018 (206) 248-1670 (425) 745-4805 (509) 891-8357 (253) 512-6898 (253) 383-3301 (253) 531-5154 (360) 254-3729 (509) 633-2000 (253) 584-1919 (360) 665-4105 (253) 531-5154 (253) 383-3301 (360) 693-8125 (360) 256-1110 (206) 248-1670 (206) 248-1670 (253) 584-1919 (253) 863-2905 (509) 891-8357 (360) 693-8125 (360) 256-1110 (253) 383-3301 (360) 256-1110

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME 8-Ball $5+$2+1 100% 7:30PM 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 100% 8:00PM 9-Ball Vegas Rules $10+$5 g.f. $$$ 8:00PM BTRT 220/198 Open hdcp $10/$8 5:00PM Meat Shoot $3 Meat 6:30PM 8-Ball Call Pocket - BIH $5 Matches to $100 7:00PM 8-Ball TAP 5 & under $5+$1 g.f. Matching 7:00PM 8-Ball Vegas Rules $5 100% 8:00PM 9-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 3

8-Ball on 7’ tables-Race to 2


8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Blind Draw Scotch Dbls $3 8-Ball $5 8-Ball Call Pocket-Mod BCA $3

BEER & WINE - BCA - APA - TAP Friday night 8 Ball

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$20 gift card 1st 7:00PM

BTRT 220/198 Open hdcp $10/$8 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. Call 9-Ball $5+$3 g.f. Call 8-Ball DE $10 (no g.f.) $5 up to 30 8-Ball $5 Matching 9-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 8-Ball Open $3 Meat Shoot Poker Call Call 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. Call 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Matching 8-Ball Call Pocket $2 Matching 8-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. Matching 9-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. Matching 8-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 8-Ball $10+$5 g.f. $$$

5:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 6 & 9PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 5:45PM 5:45PM 7:00PM 3:00PM

$20 gift card 1st Noon

Matching $2/player 100% Matching

7:00PM 8:00PM 2:00PM 2:00PM

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-7PM 158-100th St So. Tacoma, WA


Pool Leagues Sun - Thurs Karaoke Wednesdays D J & Dancing Fri & Sat Food Specials

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

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays


Beaverton Beaverton Coos Bay Portland Coos Bay Medford Salem Portland Salem Salem Beaverton Coos Bay Keizer Portland Portland Salem



LOCATION Hi Way Lounge

Hot Shots Billiards Hot Shots Billiards Silver Dollar Greek Village Silver Dollar Rackem Jake’s Bar & Grill Greek Village Jake’s Bar & Grill Jake’s Bar & Grill (2nd) Ringo’s Bar & Grill Silver Dollar Kolby’s NiteHawk Sam’s Billiards Jake’s Bar & Grill



PHONE (701) 828-3100



(503-644-8869 (503-644-8869 (541) 888-5634 (503) 643-2119 (541) 888-5634 (541) 779-6111 (503) 362-3600 (503) 643-2119 (503) 362-3600 (503) 362-3600 (503) 644-7847 (541) 888-5634 (503) 393-7665 (503) 285-7177 (503) 282-8266 (503) 362-3600

8-Ball B & below $6 9-Ball B & below $6 Players Choice $5 8 & 9-Ball BCA Rules 3/2 $5 8-Ball $5 8-Ball - BCA Rules $5 9-Ball $5 + $3 g.f. 8 & 9-Ball No Masters $5 8-Ball $5 + $3 g.f. 8-Ball Sc Dbls (A/B Teams) $20 incl g.f. Alternating 8-Ball/9-Ball $5 Players Choice $5 8 & 9 Mix up Handicapped $15 incl g.f. 8-Ball - Race 2/1 $3 M/$2 W Straight Pool (1st Sun.) $15 8-Ball $5 + $3 g.f.


Call Call Call $$$ $$$ w/9+ $3/player $$$ Call $$$ $$$ Match up to 23 Call $150 $100 Call $$$

7:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 6:30PM 7:30PM 4:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 5:00PM 5:00PM 6:00PM 11:00AM 7:30PM

CITY Alexander

DAY Mondays

CITY Capitola Sacramento

LOCATION Fast Eddy’s Jointed Cue San Francisco Family Billiards Tuesdays Monterey Easy Street Sacramento Jointed Cue Wednesdays Petaluma Buffalo Billiards Petaluma Buffalo Billiards Thursdays Modesto Diamond Billiards Monterey Easy Street San Francisco Family Billiards Saturdays Modesto Diamond Billiards Petaluma Buffalo Billiards Sundays Petaluma Buffalo Billiards

PHONE (831) 462-1882 (916) 456-3243 (415) 931-1115 (831) 333-0825 (916) 456-3243 (707) 794-7338 (707) 794-7338 (209) 577-1447 (831) 333-0825 (415) 931-1115 (209) 577-1447 (707) 794-7338 (707) 794-7338

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED WorldPPA 9-Ball $12 $100 9-Ball B $10 Call 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 8-Ball Handicap $10 9-Ball Open staggered entry $5-$15 $50 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D $5 Matching 8-Ball Handicap $5 Matching 9-Ball Handicap $10 Break Pot 9-Ball NPL $10 $100 w/32 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 8-Ball Bar Table $10 $100 w/20 9-Ball Handicap $15 $5/player Starting Oct 12th Call Call

DAY Fridays Saturdays Sundays

CITY Fort Collins Federal Hgts Fort Collins Federal Hgts Fort Collins Federal Hgts

LOCATION Match Ups Wreck Room Match Ups Wreck Room Match Ups Wreck Room

PHONE 970-482-BEER 303-412-0257 970-482-BEER 303-412-0257 970-482-BEER 303-412-0257

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball-No AA 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball 9-Ball 9-Ball

ENTRY $8 $10 $5 $10 $10 $10

ADDED $100 $$$ $$$ $$$ $100 Call

TIME 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 3:00PM 7:30PM

DAY Sundays

CITY Bozeman

LOCATION Scoop Bar (starts Feb 8th)

PHONE (406) 209-4124

EVENT / RULES ENTRY Outlaw Pool Tournament $10



14824 Smokey Point Blvd Marysville, WA 98271 360-659-2248

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League Play 4 nights a week

Open 11AM-2AM everyday



TIME 8:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 3:00PM 2:30PM Call


DAY Tuesdays

5 Pool Tables 13 TV’s Full Menu

ADDED Matching




Judy Griffith

PACS League Operator Association President

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NITEHAWK Tournament Director (503) 285-7177 (360) 892-7454

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Tournament Trail Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice


Feb 1 Feb 6 Feb 7-8 Feb 7-8 Feb 7-8 Feb 7 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 14 Feb 14-16 Feb 16-18 Feb 16-18 Feb 18-20 Feb 18-20 Feb 20-22 Feb 20-22 Feb 21 Feb 21 Feb 21-22 Feb 22 Feb 21-22 Feb 24-26 Feb 28-Mar1 Feb 28-Mar1 Feb 27-Mar1 Feb 28-Mar1 Mar 1 Mar 6-8 Mar 6-8 Mar 7 Mar 8-15 Mar 7 Mar 7 Mar 12-15 Mar 14 Mar 14 Mar 19-22 Mar 21-22 Mar 27 Mar 27 Mar 27 Mar 27 Mar 28 Mar 29 Mar 29 Mar 29 Mar 27-29 Mar 28 Mar 28-29 Mar 28-29 Apr 3-5 Apr 4 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 16-19 Apr 18 Jun 13


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Portland, OR Pocatello, ID Pocatello, ID Pocatello, ID Tacoma, WA Petaluma, CA Vaughn, MT Salem, OR Bozeman, MT Electric City, WA Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno, NV Sacramento, CA Bozeman, MT Spokane, WA Spokane, WA Oak Harbor, WA Tacoma, WA Bozeman, MT Modesto, CA Salt Lake City, UT Tacoma, WA Portland, OR Lincoln City, OR Lincoln City, OR Lincoln City, OR Lincoln City, OR Vaughn, MT Petaluma, CA Las Vegas, NV Lincoln, MT Salt Lake City, UT Las Vegas, NV Keizer, OR Saratoga, WY Saratoga, WY Saratoga, WY Saratoga, WY Saratoga, WY Saratoga, WY Saratoga, WY Saratoga, WY Libby,MT Black Eagle, MT Sacramento, CA Orofino, ID Electric City, WA Vaughn, MT Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Oaks, PA Lincoln, MT Darby, MT








Sam’s Billiards (see ad p27) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11:00AM MAP Oasis Bar (see ad p10) 208-232-9348 Jimmy Dawson Mem. 9-Ball $20 Call 6:00PM MAP Oasis Bar (see ad p10) 208-232-9348 Jimmy Dawson Mem. 8-Ball $40 $1,000(based on field) 11:00AM MAP Oasis Bar (see ad p10) 208-232-9348 8-Ball Women-Min 8 players $25 Call 11:00AM MAP Malarkey’s (see ad p33) 253-383-3301 Mixed Scotch Doubles $100 incl g.f. $1,500 w/64 t 9:00AM MAP Buffalo Billiards (see ad p34) 800-400-4CUE 9-Ball Handicapped $20 Matching Call MAP Silver Spur (see ad p34) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call MAP The Cue Ball (see ad p25) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10:00AM MAP Scoop Bar (see ad p19) 406-522-9141 8-Ball Singles Round Robin $15 $$$ 10:00AM MAP Banks Lake Pub (see ad p40) 509-633-2000 Wayne Boyd Mem. 9-Ball $20 $1,500 Call MAP Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 10-Ball Men $150 $5,000 Noon MAP Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 10-Ball Women $100 $1,000 min. 16 Noon MAP Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 9-Ball Men $150 $5,000 Noon MAP Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 9-Ball Women $100 $1,000 min. 16 Noon MAP Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 8-Ball Men $150 $5,5 00 Noon MAP Grand Sierra Resort (see ad Dec) 702-719-7665 U.S. Bar Table 8-Ball Women $100 $1,000 min. 16 Noon MAP Jointed Cue (see ad p36) 916-456-3243 9-Ball Open $20 Call 1:00PM MAP Molly Brown (see ad p36) 406-585-9188 8-Ball Mixed Doubles $20/team $100 10:00AM MAP Black Diamond (see ad p36) 509-891-8357 Open 8-Ball on 7 footers $40 incl g.f. $1,000 w/64 9:00AM MAP Black Diamond (see ad p36) 509-891-8357 Mixed Scotch Doubles 9-Ball $25 NO g.f. $5/team Call MAP American Legion (see ad Jan) 360-929-6076 Open Team 8-Ball (4 players) $140/team $500 w/32 10:00AM MAP Cue-Topia (see ad p31) 253-512-6898 Shane Van Boening Exhibitions Tickets $25 Door prizes 8:00PM MAP Eagles Club (see ad p36) 406-587-9996 MT State Women’s Doubles $20/team $$$ 9:00AM MAP Diamond Billiards (see ad p36) 209-577-1447 Bar Table 8-Ball $22 $200 1:00PM MAP Batters Up (see ad p32) 801-463-4996 10-Ball $2,000 $2,000 6:00PM MAP Malarkey’s (see ad p33) 253-383-3301 February Freeze 9-Ball $50 incl g.f. $1,500 w/64 9:00AM MAP Sam’s Billiards (see ad p27) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11:00AM MAP Chinook Winds (see ad p18) 360-703-4081 Men’s 8-Ball $150 incl g.f. $12,000 5:00PM MAP Chinook Winds (see ad p18) 360-703-4081 Women’s 8-Ball $150 incl g.f. $5,000 5:00PM MAP Chinook Winds (see ad p18) 360-703-4081 10-Ball singles, minis, practice Varies Call 3:00PM MAP Western BCA (see ad p20) 8-Ball Regionals Varies $30,000(based on 2014) Call MAP Silver Spur (see ad p34) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Chuck Thompson Mem. Call Call Call MAP Buffalo Billiards (see ad p34) 800-400-4CUE 9-Ball Handicapped $20 Matching Call MAP Rum Runner (see ad p34) 702-739-7702 “Doc” Hill Mem. 9-Ball Classic $125 incl g.f. $1,000 Guar 8:00PM MAP Wilderness Bar (see ad p26) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call MAP Batters Up (see ad p32) 801-683-9781 Scotch Doubles $50 $500 Call MAP Rum Runner (see ad p34) 702-739-7702 Andy Mercer Mem 9-Ball Classic $200 $3,700 Guar 8:00PM MAP Kolby’s (see ad p11) 503-393-POOL 8-Ball Open Scotch Doubles $120 incl g.f. $800 9:00AM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 TBA-Master Div. WY Open Varies $1,000 7:00PM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 Expert Division (AA/A) 8-Ball $150 incl g.f. $2,000 7:00PM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 Classic Division(InterMed) 8-Ball $100 incl g.f. $800 7:00PM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 Sportsmen Division Local Beginers $50 incl g.f. $400 6:00PM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 Saratoga the game Master Div. Varies $3,000 9:00AM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 8-Ball-Single Elim-Master Div. Varies $2,000 10:00AM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 Hard Luck $30 $400 10:00AM MAP Platte Valley Comm(see ad p28) 307-710-1447 Nubbins Mem. Jr 8-Ball $5 $400 Noon MAP VFW/Mint (see ad p33) 406-291-5769 Tom Scott Memorial 8-Ball $35 $800 6PM MAP B.E.C.C. (see ad p26) 406-761-8435 9-Ball Call Call Call MAP Jointed Cue (see ad p28) 916-456-3243 46th Annual Reunion $60 $2,000 1:00PM MAP Shot Glass (see ad p34) 208-476-0243 Gordon Boyd Mem. Dbls-Limit 32 $40 pre-register $1,000 9:00AM MAP Banks Lake Pub (see ad p40) 509-633-2000 12 Annual Vern Michel Mx Dbls $15/player $1,000 Guar 7:00PM MAP Silver Spur (see ad p34) 406-964-1003 9-Ball Call Call Call MAP Super Billiards Expo (see ad p26) 609-652-6116 Open 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Super Billiards Expo (see ad p26) 609-652-6116 Women 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Super Billiards Expo (see ad p26) 609-652-6116 Seniors (50+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Super Billiards Expo (see ad p26) 609-652-6116 Super Seniors (65+) 9-Ball $75 ea div Call Call MAP Super Billiards Expo (see ad p26) 609-652-6116 Juniors 9-Ball 17/12 & Under FREE Call Call MAP Wilderness Bar (see ad p34) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call MAP Sawmill Saloon (see ad p34) 406-821-2232 8-Ball Scotch Doubles Call Call Call MAP

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Read all the latest results and new tournament announcements. Derby City Classic results are already in - don't miss it .... and more ....