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Randy Baker Claims Kolby’s January 8-Ball Open Kolby’s Restaurant Bar & Billiards in Keizer, OR was delighted to host an 8 Ball Open tournament this past Saturday, January 21, 2017, drawing 40 players from around the N.W. The format was a race to 6 on the front and 5 on the back. Alternating breaks, BCA general rules, and option to the breaking player as to which rack they wished to use, (traditional or Magic). Only the Entry fee was handicapped with Masters at $60, A’s at $40 and B players at $20. The House threw in $700 to sweeten the pot and 40 entrants showed up ready and willing to test their skills!

1st place; Randy Baker $650 2nd place; Darin Walding $475 3rd place: Steve Lingelbach $300 4th place; Mike Stevens $135 Photos courtesy of Steve Regester

There were 11 Masters, 15 A players and 14 B’s! That’s a pretty good ratio considering there was no handicap to the match. Doors opened for breakfast and free warm-ups at 9:30am, sign-ups were at 10am, draw at 10:30 and play began at 11am. (any way, that’s how it’s supposed to work). Play went well all day and into the wee hours and was over at 3:30am! LOOOOOOONG DAY!

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‘First Tournament of the Year’ Dog House Billiards

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John & Lisa (Tournament Directors), on behalf of Dog House Billiards in Cotati, CA, want to congratulate Bob Halloran & Tavie Diaz for taking First and Second place in the ‘First Tournament of the Year’ held at Dog House Billiards on January 2, 2017. We had a full field of 32 players show up to battle it out for the $800 purse. In a tournament rarity we actually started 45 minutes early due Lisa’s excellent tournament direction and all the players showing up early and ready to go. Thanks to all the players and spectators and to Dog House Billiards for hosting us.

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PETE GATES, KIRSTEN, PAUL MARQUEZ PORTLAND, OR Neither rain, snow, sleet or hail will keep most poolplayers from playing in a tournament that will highlight their particular skill with a cue stick and a little white ball. As most people who do not play the game will say how difficult is it to play this game. Looks real simple. Then, they arrive to watch the players play and are in complete awe at what these players can do with the cue ball. I like to remind them that you can play this game all your life and never learn all there is to know about this game. These amateur players, and even the pros, are constantly learning new things about the game. The competition began Saturday morning and went late Saturday night. It was good to see Bob O’Hashi playing in a tournament again. He stated that it has been about 8 years due to work schedules. I must say that after 8 years, he still plays well and took 8th place in the tournament. There was a new face I had never seen before, Martin Wragg. What a good player. He took 7th place having been defeated by Bobby Zack 7-3. Paul Marquez and Pete Gates played off for winner of the winner’s bracket, and Pete Gates was the victor at 7-3. Paul then went to the B side and defeated Bobby Zack 7-2 which set up a


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rematch with Pete Gates for the winner of the tournament. Pete Gates again defeated Paul Marquez 7-3. It was a good tournament with great competition. The Nite Hawk instituted a dress code for playing at the Nite Hawk. We are calling it “business casual” which consists of dress slacks and a nice shirt. No jeans, shorts, sweat suits or t-shirts. This will be the norm for any tournament at the Nite Hawk. I would like to thank the Nite Hawk for hosting this event and thank the staff for all their hard work. Pool tournaments like this one are becoming few and far between, and without the support of the players themselves, will soon become nonexistent. It was a great tournament! 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6 7/8

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PUT SOME LIFE IN YOUR GAME by Tom Simpson © May 2007 – All Rights Reserved –

Master Instructor, National Billiard Academy, “Beat People With a Stick!”

Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson


February 2017

Most pool players don’t think of themselves as athletes – at least not in pool. I’ve come to think we are athletes, and to the extent we act and become athletic at the table, we can improve our performance. Pool is a physical performance art. Excellent physical performers use their bodies beautifully and gracefully. To me, this is athletic – filled with life, moving with fullness. Pool players don’t have to be large or muscular to play athletically. We can probably agree that good pool looks full, alive, connected. We can probably agree this is a good thing. If you’re slouching, if you’re dragging your butt around the table, if you’re feeling weak, if you’re thinking about something else, life is leaking out of your game. The “life in your game” is the fun, the zing, the energy behind your wins. Let’s explore some ways to get more life in your game. This is not the typical approach to things, but this is not a typical topic. It won’t hurt you to try this stuff. 1. Life in your demeanor: The general idea is to try to feel large in your body, as if you are slightly inflated. Your joints are open, you feel tall, and you move smoothly around the table, connected to the balls. One way to experience this sensation is to imagine you are ever so slightly suspended from the top of your head. Keep this feeling as you stalk the layout. 2. Life in your stance: As you settle into your stance, it should look and feel athletic. That means it’s not twisted up and it’s not relying heavily on muscle. It’s using your skeleton well. An athletic stance is in between locked knees and crouching. It’s easy but strong and stable. You should be bending from the pelvis, not slumping your shoulders and back. Slumping is not athletic and will produce slumpy results. Your feet can also come to life. As you notice your weight in your feet, and as you can get that weight happily onto the balls of your feet, you’ll feel solid and balanced. Wiggle your toes and wake up your feet. The better you land your feet,

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the more likely you’ll feel right and make the shot. 3. Life in your bridge: To inject some life into your bridge, try increasing the awareness (sense of touch) in your fingers. Work your bridge into exactly the rock you need it to be to precisely deliver the tip for the shot at hand. Anchor the bridge in place with a little “life”. Nail it down and let it be. 4. Life in your grip: To have life in your stroke, you need a soft grip. Squeezing hard robs you of fluidity. Try increasing the awareness in your fingertips. Really feel the weight and texture of the cue in your fingers. 5. Life in your stroke: Your arm should bend smoothly. Jerky motions are difficult to control and produce iffy results. Get through the ball. No poking. It’s vital that your elbow bend easily and fluidly. Don’t shoot until you have an athletic connection to the shot. Feel the groove of the stroke and do not interfere. 6. Life in your eyes: This does not mean wild, bulging eyes, darting all over. Generally, we perform better when our eyes are quiet and focused. Yes, we look back & forth down the shot line, but smoothly, calmly, undistracted. It’s just you and the balls. 7. Life in your thinking: Be positive. Expect to make your shots. Expect to get shape. Expect to get rolls. Expect to win. Don’t let a bad shot or a bad roll change your attitude. Enjoy the good stuff. Hey, you’re playing pool. How bad is that? Play with all the athletic ability and feeling you can muster. It’s what makes us look good at the table. When we look good, we feel good. That breeds confidence, and confidence sinks balls like crazy. How would a cat play pool? Try to feel like a big cat at the table. Glide smoothly about, never lose focus, stretch luxuriously into your shooting position. No hitches, no hesitation. Put some life in your game, and maybe get some more game in your life.

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

As most of you may know, set-up shots don’t really require a lot of skills in their execution. However, they do need a lot of experience to be set up quickly and flawlessly. I never cared too much for set-up shots but I happen to really like a few of them which are hard to arrange and even to execute. This month’s trick shot is surely one of my favorite set-up shots. I learned it in the late 80s directly from its creator, the legendary Japanese champion Yoshikazu Kimura. He named it “Kyoto’s Freeway” as supposedly the roads are very busy and traffic chaotic in that beautiful Japanese city of his. Let’s set it up! First, place a ball right on the head spot and the 1-ball straight behind it. Then remove the first ball from the spot and place the 2-ball frozen to the 1-ball and with their line of centers (the red dotted line) aiming at the right point of the right corner pocket. Then place the CB one ball from the short rail and at its very center. Freeze the 3-ball and the 4-ball to the CB with their line of centers aiming at 1.5 diamonds from the corner pockets on the long rails (black dotted lines). Place the 5-ball very close to the 3-ball and in line with the right point of the top left corner pocket. Similarly, place the 6-ball close to the 4-ball and in line with the left point of the top right corner pocket. The gaps between these couple of balls are of about 1/8”. Shoot the CB dead center and a 3-speed stroke aiming at the 1-ball full. I personally use a closed bridge on the rail. If you manage to hit the CB purely in the center, without putting any unwanted English on it, you will very likely be able to pocket all six balls in one shot and in four different pockets, as shown in the diagram. The most common adjustment you may need while attempting this shot will be the alignment between the 3- and 5-ball and 3-5 4-6 between the 4- and 6-ball. Depending on their cleanliness, they may need to be aimed at the center of the corner pockets or even at the opposite points. That will slightly change the •2 tangent lines between these 1 pairs of balls but the 3- and the 4-ball should still sink in the corner pockets. Enjoy and drive carefully out there, especially when in Kyoto or… Rome!



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February 2017

You may have noticed that I’m a big advocate of trying games you don’t usually play to work on shots you might otherwise avoid and look at different strategies. This month’s game is called Honolulu. The legend is that it started at Hawaiian Brian’s room in that city. The basic rules are pretty simple. It’s just like straight pool except it is played with only one rack and to 8 points. The rule that sets it apart is that you are not allowed to play any simple shot -- you can’t play a ball directly into a pocket. Banks, kicks, combinations, caroms and any more complicated assembly of those are allowed. You have to call the ball and the pocket but don’t have to say exactly how the shot will unfold. If you are playing a kick shot (cue ball to the cushion before ball contact), you can’t play a “cheap” kick where you hit a cushion that connects to the pocket you are going for. In the diagram, you can’t call the 9 ball and come off the end rail right by the ball. On the break shot at the fifteen-ball rack, you have to get two balls and the cue ball to cushions or pocket a called ball, just like 14.1. Fouls are penalized by spotting a previously made ball or the player owes a ball to the table as at one pocket. Any ball pocketed without having been called is returned to the table at the end of the player’s inning (called “delayed”). Also, if a player clears the table on a scoring shot without having won, all owed and delayed balls are spotted at that time and the player continues. Unlike 14.1 where only the crazy people try for a ball on the break, it’s not such a bad idea at Honolulu. Banking the corner ball back is a fairly high percentage if you practice it and it gets the game started. You could also try the head ball into the side pocket. You have to think about this game differently and that’s good. How many reasonable shots can you see in the diagram? I can see at least 8 that have a pretty good chance to go. Try to find them all before reading on for my list. Ready? The only bank I like here is the 14 ball cross-side. You could bank the 7 or the 2 but I would only consider those as a last resort. The 2 in the side off the 3; 9 by three different combinations; 7 on a carom off the 6; kiss the 1 off the 11; 4-11 combo. If none of those shots was available, I’d also consider the billiard shot off the left side of the 6 to the 9 and the kick shot off the head rail to the 9. Which shot should you take here? Well, with the 9 in the jaws, you have a chance to plan a run. Play the 10-9 combo and bump lightly into the 6. If you have left the 10 by the pocket, you will then

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have the 8-10 combo followed by the 15-8 combo. Of course you have to shoot the combos with the right speed and a full hit to leave the first ball near the pocket and not bounce away or follow the second ball in. There is one optional rule and that is the double call. If you think you are going to pocket two balls, both by nondirect shots, you can call both of them but you have to make both of them for either shot to count. In the diagram, you could play the 6-9 combo and carom into the 7 to make it also. Happy banking, kissing, caroming, and combinationing.


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.

Have you ever noticed the number of professional players that rest their head almost directly above their cue? In fact, modern snooker players are well known for this. Sometimes it appears that the cue is rubbing or almost scraping against their chin each time the cue is stroked. At some point, you probably have asked yourself the question, “How far above the cue should I rest my head?” The answer to this question can be found by using a simple formula. The formula I am referring to uses 3 simple reference points. The reference points include the elbow, grip and “V” on your bridge hand. Once the reference points are found, an imaginary triangle is formed as shown in the diagram below. Your eyes should be either “on” or “somewhere inside of the imaginary triangle.”

You might ask the question, “How will this help me pocket balls?” There are in fact many answers to this question. One answer is that it becomes much easier for a player to be consistent with their visual alignment when their head is positioned closer to the cue. When the chin is placed near the cue, it is easier to see if you are off line. It will also allow you to visually maintain a straighter stroke. Having your head closer to the cue also allows you to sight as though you were looking down the sights of a gun barrel. If you normally have trouble pocketing long shots, you might not be bending over far enough and aiming with your dominant eye. World Champion, Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter once suggested that the key to pocketing long difficult shots is to get into your stance then crouch just a little more. In fact, there is considerably less eye movement between

the cue ball and object ball if your head is positioned closer to the cue. Snooker players have recognized this advantage for years. This is because they regularly play on 6x12 tables where long shots are the norm. The photo below shows the distance your eyes have to travel when they are positioned above the triangle (not crouched). You will note that your eyes have to move around 5 inches as they transition back and forth from the top of the cue ball to the bottom of the object ball (eight-ball).

Conversely, your eyes won’t have to do nearly as much work if they are located inside of the imaginary triangle (as suggested by Lassiter). Our next photo shows the same shot, but this time the player’s eyes only have to move around 2 inches (3 inches less than before). The reason for this is that the view is from a crouched perspective (inside the triangle). The overall distance will vary from shot to shot, but the distance your eyes have to travel will always be diminished as you move closer to your cue. Over the course of time this can be a huge advantage. Obviously less eye movement is better, because there is less room for error. So the next time you are faced with a long difficult shot remember to take the advice of Lassiter and crouch just a little more. Remember to practice positioning your eyes inside of the imaginary triangle. Once mastered, your eyes will do less work and you will pocket difficult shots a much higher percentage of the time.

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Eleanor Callado Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour’s 7th stop (of 8 for the season) was held on the weekend of January 14th & 15th, 2017 and hosted by one of the newest sponsors, Billiard Palacade, in San Francisco, CA. Located in the Mission district, there are 13 nine-foot pool tables, 3 billiards tables, and a couple of bar tables, all which are maintained well, equipped with Aramith Pro Cup balls and 6-dot measle cue balls. This is a family-owned and managed establishment. Mr. Francisco Murcia and his daughter, Elizabeth, welcomed all members with open arms and took care of all of us for the entire weekend. He shared that he has been at this location for 41 years. The mix of delicious pupusas, tamales and a variety of Mexican drinks fueled the women from Tiger during the event. We had 27 participants show up to compete, including the addition of two new players to roster. One of our regular finalists, Eleanor Callado (7), received a bye in the first round and then won matches against Leslie Bernardi (7), Gigi Callejas (6). In the next Bracket, Holly Robinson (6) would receive a bye and win key matches against Emilyn Callado (7) and Revelina Um (7). She would set herself for a Sunday match against Eleanor Callado on the winner’s side. Holly is the BCA 2008 Senior Champion. She has been off the tour due to health issues and is now back into competition. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and she definitely brought her A-game when she played against two of the Tour’s regular top 8 finishers. Olga Azarova (6), who continues to improve at every stop, won matches against Karen Zeng (6), Khahn Ngo (7), and Moon Kim (6) to set herself for another 2nd day showing.


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Shawn Modelo (7) received a bye, then won matches against Mary Dughi (6) and Alice Loo (6), to set up a Sunday match against Olga Azarova. At the end of Saturday evening these were the matches for top 8 on the winners’ side: Eleanor Callado (7) vs. Holly Robinson (6) Shawn Modelo (7) vs. Olga Azarova (6) The four players who survived on the one-loss side were: Revelina Um (7) vs. Khanh Ngo (7) Emilyn Callado (7) vs. Renée Mata (6) On the one-loss side, there was a lot of heated competition with a few of our top 8-ranked players working their way back into the competition. These are players that are often in the winners’ bracket. After a loss to Holly, Emilyn would defeat Karen Zeng (6), Amani Ali (5), Alice Loo (6) and Renée Mata (6) to wait for the loser of the Eleanor Callado and Holly Robinson match. On the other side, Revelina Um (7) defeated Khanh Ngo (7), and Mary Dughi (6) to wait for the loser of the match between Olga Azarova and Shawn Modelo. At the end of the weekend, Eleanor Callado, 2015 Tiger Champion, would defeat Holly Robinson, and Olga Azarova to wait for the sole survivor of the one-loss side, in this case it would be Emilyn Callado. Out of 7 possible stops, Eleanor has won 2 stops (The Broken Rack-Emeryville, Diamond Billiards – Modesto),  taken 2nd (Family Billiards) and 5th (Diamond Billiards – Fresno). She seemed very focused at this stop. Any mistake any of her opponents made became a win for her. Even when she faced her sister, Emilyn, for the second time this year in the finals, she made very few


mistakes, and gave Emilyn few opportunities to keep the match close. A couple of unfortunate scratches gave Eleanor the edge she needed to win the match. Eleanor will be participating on the WPBA Master’s event February 1-5th at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, in Pittsburg. We wish her much luck. The crowd always loves an opportunity to see the Callado sisters compete against each other as the fast pace, the defense, and the offense skills they both have allow for a very enjoyable match. Standings for the main event with 26 participants were: 1st $350 Eleanor Callado 2nd $250 Emilyn Callado 3rd   $175 Olga Azarova 4nd   $130 Revelina Um 5/6 $90 Shawn Modelo – Holly Robinson 7/8 $50 Khanh Ngo – Renée  Mata Standings for the second chance with 15 participants were: 1st $80 Gigi Callejas 2nd $50 Naomi Callado 3/4 $20 Cony Mendoza - Amani Ali For our final stop #8 of the 2016 season, the women of the tour will be returning to one of our favorite stops, Hard Times Billiards, in Sacramento.  The last stop will include points payout to the players who played at least 4 of the 8 stops. Depending on how each player finished, a certain amount of points are awarded. We accumulate points and keep a running total, and that final tally is paid out (each point will have a value). Also, we will hold the raffle for the beautifully crafted Tiger Case (valued at $350) as well as other Tiger prizes. This will be the last opportunity for our players who have received an invite to the NAPT event at the end of February to compete one more time. We wish best of luck to them. The players who will be representing us are: Teresa Teague Jessica Skye Emilyn Callado We are excited to be able to participate in the North American Pool Tour (NAPT) Division II Championships will be held at one of our regular sponsors, Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento, on February 23-26, 2017. The NAPT is comprised of tours just like the TWCWT from around the country.  Players have to be a member of the NAPT, and qualify on their individual tour’s rankings to receive an invitation. TWCWT will have at least three invites into the field of sixty four. As always, we want to thank our regular sponsors: Tony Kalamdaryan, President of Tiger Products Don Akerlow of On the Break News Cony and Tina Mendoza of Diablo Valley Pool Leagues Our room sponsors:  Karen Marculis - Hard Times Billiards, Sacramento Lee Simon - Buffalo Billiards, Petaluma Wayne Boucher - The Broken Rack, Emeryville Delbert Wong - Family Billiards, San Francisco Tim Acosta - Diamond Billiards, Modesto Sheri Dadian - Diamond Billiards, Fresno Sue and Tony - Edgie’s Billiards, Milpitas Francisco Murcia - Billiard Palacade, San Francisco

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Pool is not Dead!

Just ask the Ladies of Bonita Vista

by: Mary Price Photo by Ronnie Law This is most of the lady’s pool league for the Bonita Vista mobile home park in Apache Junction, AZ. Our numbers each week vary from 23 to 27 in attendance & from 63 to 82 yrs of age. The league is mostly a learning forum, & we had 4 new ladies this week. The very few who have played have NOT played in 30 years or so. They are so excited about our crazy game & I am so proud of the progress they are already showing! One lady, who did not understand how to aim, ran 5 of her balls tonight. Until I moved here, this is a demographic I had not seriously considered

as part of the pool world. The men’s league here is about the same size and there are some very strong players who have either always been, or developed as, home players. I do not have the ladies’ names for the pic, being barely able to keep track of their first names!

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The 9-Ball Tri Cups was played at Danny’s Midway in Marysville, WA. Congratulations to the Champions of the Fall Session 9ball Tri Cups, “Shenanigans” from Pub 44 in Lynnwood, WA. (Capt. Adrianne Beach, Co-Capt. Annie Bounds, Marian Poole, Bernadette Poole, Kathy Stanley, Amy King, Melanie Frazier and Dorah Cornell) and 2nd place “Sharpshooters” from O’Finnigans in Everett, WA. (Capt. Jordan Henriksen, Corey Newman, Will Hurley, Jacob Baldwin, Elizabeth Wastman and Alexandra Suebsahn). Tied for 3rd and 4th places were “Chalk N Awe” from Players Sports Bar in Everett. (Capt. Mitch Stemm, John Middaugh,

Chris Woytko, Melissa Woytko, Jessica Domino, Jody Loomis, Alice Perry and Jake Hoff) and “Grease Monkey Billiards” from the White Buffalo in Everett (Capt. Garrett Studhalter, Corey Newman, Jordan Henriksen, Andrez Santillanes, Tim Wiest, Jen Thomsen, Peggie Thompson and Brian Lovelace). A great exhibition of sportsmanship and top notch pool playing was fun to watch everyone. January 28-29, 2017 is our Snohomish County APA 8-Ball Tri Cups!!! Good Luck Everyone, See you at Danny’s Midway. Doors open at 10am. Play starts at 10:30am.

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JOB’s Billiards – Madison, TN. The 30th Annual Music City Open. Barbox 9 ball – winner breaks, true double elimination. Sure doesn’t get much better than this!!!

staff for doing all they could to make everyone feel welcome. Owner Ricky Gamble and Tournament Director Steve McDonald went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly and make us feel at home.

The event kicked off on Wednesday night with a 64-player mini tournament. When the smoke had cleared, Nick Hickerson had taken it down after defeating Sean King in the finals.

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The women’s division started on Friday night with 41 players. In the end, it came down to Allison Hardwick winning a hill-hill thriller with a break and run on the final rack. Congratulations, Allison! Jessica Mollinet took the well-deserved runner-up position with Lisa Porter in third and Robin Parker in fourth place. The Midnight Madness Mini kicked off Saturday night – eight players putting up $500 apiece to play – winner take all. Sky Woodward took the cheese over a strong Roberto Gomez in the finals.

Our next stop is the Derby City Classic at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, IN!!! Come on by and sweat the action in our Aramith Action Room!!! Dates are January 20-28th!!! Hope to see you there!!! — By Mary Kenniston

The main event had a full field of 128 players. After a raucous player auction on Thursday evening, play began. By Sunday night, the field had whittled down to an undefeated Sky Woodward and Johnathan Pinegar. The smart money was on Sky to take the title as he had played phenomenally throughout the entire event - including two 10-packs. Hennessee had to defeat Sky twice and won the first set convincingly 11-5. A determined Sky rocketed out to an 8-1 lead in the second set but but never won another game. Henny slowly but surely won game after game to tie the match at 8. From there, he went on ahead to close out the set 11-8, adding a fourth Music City Open title to his resume and leaving a disappointed Sky Woodward in second place. Congratulations to Hennessee for a great tournament!!! Solid performances in a super tough field were turned in by Roberto Gomez for third and Shane Winters for fourth place.

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The Cue Ball in Salem, OR has switched up the scheduling for our 9 Ball Handicapped tournaments (formerly “Win Jim’s Money). We are now hosting the tournament every other month, with the 1st held January 14, 2017. We saw a field of 28 show up to throw down the gauntlet and challenge the field to beat ‘em. We saw a new player enter the fold, John Lewis, who went undefeated through the field to claim 1st Place and $180. The rest of the paid field was a familiar mix of past winners. Cristy Barsky claimed 2nd place and $120. 3rd Place belonged to Joey Senegor, who took home $80. John, John, John Mesa settled for 4th place and $40. The next tournament will be scheduled March 25, 2017. Signups start at 9:30am and play begins around 10am. Thank you!

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WORLD POOL Russian Ruslan Chinakov Takes

Russia’s Ruslan Filipino, and quickly Chinakov claims pushed his lead up to the Molinari Players 9-1 with his smashing Championship with an break shot and crafty emphatic 16-6 win over shot making. Chua did the Philippines Lee Vann manage a brief fight back, Corteza in New York but the Russian rebuffed City. This first event of him at every turn and the World Pool Series, walked into the final with The Molinari Players a 15-8 victory. Championship, took Corteza came into place at Steinway Billiards the final playing some in Astoria, Queens, New of his best pool in the York City, January 14-17, last two years, but he 2017. nearly didn’t even make Employing an it out of his semi-final absolute monster match with Appleton. break, combined with The Englishman was some seriously solid wearing two hats as both potting and pattern promoter and player this play, Russia’s Ruslan week, and was playing Chinakov handily won care free and as strong as both his matches today, ever. Appleton looked to including an emphatic be on his way to a finals 16-6 finals win over the date as he powered out Philippines Lee Vann to a 9-4 lead. Corteza, Corteza, and captured though, would have none the inaugural Molinari of it as he stormed back Players Championship at with six straight racks to Steinway Billiards in New lead 10-9. York City. From there the two Chinakov’s success greats went toe to toe, on Tuesday represents and headed straight for the biggest win of the the cliff. Down 14-13 and 23-year-old’s career. Since with the pressure bearing he began his international down, Corteza took career at the tender age advantage of a dry break of just 13 years old, the by Appleton and cleared a young Russian, a veritable very difficult layout to tie. pool prodigy since the In the ensuing shootout very beginning, has been Corteza shot first and a fixture on the pro scene made his first attempt at around the world. At the full table spot shot on 15 years old he won the the 8-ball. From there he WPA Jr. World 9-ball never trailed, eventually Championship. He also winning 4-2 to advance captured two straight to the final against Kremlin Cup titles. Chinakov. And he’s had many solid At over 3 1/2 hours finishes in tournaments long, Corteza’s match Photos courtesy of WPS and JP Parmentier globally. against Appleton had But this week’s win clearly drained the in the Big Apple surely represents a new level of accomplishment for Chinakov, and Filipino. He had only one hour to get ready for Chinakov, while the Russian had rested signals a new phase in the towering and talented Russian’s career. The Molinari Players for 6 hours. In the end, however, it probably made little difference as Chinakov was Championship, the first of four 8-ball tournaments that make up Darren Appleton’s playing too good to be stopped. brand new tour called the World Pool Series, attracted a seriously world class field of The pair traded several racks to open the race to 16, winner breaks final. But when 120 players from over 35 countries. They played a version of 8-ball that was designed Corteza missed a makeable 8-ball while down just 4-3, Chinakov pounced and never to be as tough a test as players could possibly face. And when the four-day slugfest looked back. His towering break shot led to balls dropping and patterns opening up, concluded, it was Chinakov who clearly stood well above this amazing field. and soon the Russian was up 7-3. Chinakov kept feeding off the momentum while Tuesday will be a day that Chinakov, and those that watched it, won’t soon forget as Corteza had few answers and the score quickly went to 12-4. The Filipino tried to he manhandled two of the Philippines best on route to the winner’s circle. In his semimount a comeback with two racks of his own, but the day belonged to Chinakov, who final match against hot shot Pinoy Johann Chua, also 23 years old, the Russian wasted was just too strong, too good and clearly destined for victory. Chinakov took the next little time in stamping his class on the proceedings. Chinakov lived up to his nickname, four racks, and when he dropped the final 8-ball he had claimed an emphatic, awe “the Siberian Express” as won the lag and proceeded to run the first six racks on the inspiring16-6 win.



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SERIES: 8-BALL Mokinari Players Championship

Ruslan Chinakov Afterward a clearly delighted and overwhelmed Chinakov basked in the glow of his sensational victory. Already a hard worker, he said he had doubled his efforts over the last two years, even hiring famed Dutch coach Johan Rysink to help him build up not just his technical skills, but also his mental toughness to deal with his sometimes uncontrollable nerves. The work had clearly paid off on all fronts. The future for 2017 and beyond was suddenly looking very bright indeed. “This is probably the biggest event I have ever won,” Chinakov said. “It’s a great feeling. I still can’t believe I just did this. I didn’t really think about winning today, I just tried to play good and show what l can do. I didn’t play 100% but I still won. Even at this level anyone can miss balls, I just missed less than the other guys. That’s why I’m quite happy about it. “This is very satisfying because I’ve worked hard for the last two years. This is definitely going to give me a very big boost going forward and hopefully I can keep winning. I also know that this win will help me to perhaps win even more this year. When you can compete and then win against the best players in the world, world champions and other greats, I think 40 of them, and you can even win the tournament, it really tells me that I am headed in the right direction. “We both made some mistakes and that’s to be expected in a race


to 16, these are really long sets and there’s a lot of ups and downs. When it was up 4-3 I made a few good runs, some break and runs and my lead kept increasing. I think that put him under pressure and he then made a few mistakes, and I just cleaned the table.” As befitting the always classy Filipinos, Corteza took the loss on the chin and gave credit where it was clearly due. The Filipino took solace in the fact that he started 2017 with one of his best finishes in the last two years as well as $8,500 in prize money. “I missed a couple of shots, the 8-ball in one rack, then the 10-ball in another,” Corteza said. “I just had bad luck today. I couldn’t get good layouts on the break shot, or I have no shot on the break. It was very difficult to figure out what to do. He broke fantastic and was always getting shots and he had the momentum. I was also feeling a bit tired. “But he deserved to win. He broke better than me, he really had power on the break. I’m still happy because I played good this week. This is one of my best finishes in a while so I just have to go to the next event and I feel really good about my game.” With the biggest win in his ten-year career to date plus a $20,000 prize, Chinakov deservedly felt even better about his game and prospects for the coming months. “After you win big tournaments, you just come to believe in yourself more and more, “Chinakov said. “And that means in the next big match, I might be less nervous and have better concentration, and that means you have more chances to get the title or finish quite close to the title. This is the best start of the year that I could ever imagine.”

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points earner out of those 4 players sent to China will be invited back once again to compete in the grand finale 64 player event, The 6th Joy Cup World Chinese 8-Ball Masters! Not too shabby if you ask me! For further information on getting involved here in the US as part of a global movement as either a regional coordinator or host venue, feel free to contact Ed Liddawi at Sandcastle Billiards (732) 632-9277 Email him at Sandman@ or send him a private message on his Facebook account.

COREY DEUEL After housing the very 1st Joy Chinese 8-Ball table in the United States, hosting the very first US qualifier, which Corey Deuel won, and getting over 3,5000 viewers between his Ustream channel and the PoolLive phone app, owner of Sandcastle Billiards, Ed “Sandman” Liddawi was graciously invited by Joy Billiards to join them in China for the 5th Annual Joy Cup World Chinese 8-Ball Masters. It was a spectacular event with an opening ceremony which would make you think you were watching the Olympics! Coincidentally, this year’s venue for the event was indeed the very same Olympic stadium used for the 2008 Olympics in Qinhuangdao, China. Not only were the opening ceremonies, dancers, violinists, drummers, performers, singers, player introductions, global partners’ intros, the incredibly tough competition itself and the expo absolutely amazing but many negotiations went on between the 11 new countries joining in the movement to bring Joy tables and Chinese 8-Ball to cueists all around the world! The game of Chinese 8-Ball brings together various disciplines from American 8-Ball, Snooker, Black Ball & Black Pool on a Joy Billiards 4.5 x 9-foot snooker style playing surface with the very best construction of hard maple laminated framework and 2-inch slate. The 1.3-ton table is by far a superior built table than what most of us Americans are used to unless you are one of the few who are fortunate enough to own something like a Gabriel table or such. Your all around game will definitely improve once you learn how to adapt your stroke and pattern play to this beauty! After negotiations with the GM and President of Joy, Ed Liddawi was able to get competitive pricing for us here in the US so that we can have the availability of the table here in America for everyone to try out. Ed is currently recruiting regional organizers and billiard parlors dedicated to the players and the game to become sanctioned, house a top of the line gold leg edition Joy Chinese 8-Ball table, and host several official qualifiers all over the nation this year. Sanctioned regional qualifier winners from 16 locations all over the US will be flown out to Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, New Jersey and put up in hotels for 3 nights as the 16 worthy competitors battle it out in the national qualifier and get an all expense paid & sponsored round trip airfare, 5-star hotel stay for up to 10 days, and entry into a Joy event in China to vie for a $100,000RMB prize. This will be done 4 times this year! The highest

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JAYSON SHAW TURNING STONE VERONA, NY Jayson Shaw has just won the Turning Stone Classic for the fifth time in the last six attempts. We call that domination. And we call Jayson Shaw a player. Rarely do fans get to witness a player who is so hot. We saw it in Greenleaf and Mosconi back in their day, and more recently we saw it with Mike Sigel, Nick Varner, Johnny Archer and Earl Strickland and most recently with Shane Van Boening (whose streak is coincident to Shaw’s.) All of these players went through stages where they seemed to win everything they entered. And now we are seeing it with Jayson Shaw. The only question that remains is for how long he will be able to maintain this high level. Some burn out on it, others prosper in the heat. Shaw defeated Rodney Morris in the finals of Turning Stone 13-6. Rodney made a late comeback after trailing 7-1 but this one was in Shaw’s control the whole way. With the exception of Shaw, Rodney Morris had a very good week. He defeated the likes of Dennis Hatch (9-7) and Amar Kang (9-4). He then lost the hot seat match to Shaw (9-3) and that sent him way left to take down Dennis Hatch with a convincing 9-3. Then he had to go face Shaw again in the finals and that just didn’t work out well at all. Shaw jumped out to a large early lead and while Rodney fought back gallantly he just had too much road to get there by darkness and Shaw seated him in second place 13-6.

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13-16th $850 Tom Theriault, Joey Cicero, Nelson Oliveira, Tom D’alfonso
 17-24th $550 Phil Davis, Ernesto Dominguez, Del Sim, Spencer Auigbelle, Jeremy Sossei, Hunter Lombardo, Karen Corr, Tom Zippler
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2ND CHANCE event-32 players with a total prize fund of $1,600.
 1st $500 Spencer Auigbelle
 2nd $300 Rob Sakell
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Ruijsink is New Captain America

Following three barren years with Mark Wilson at the helm, it was felt that the Dutchman’s fantastic experience and his progressive methods in producing winners were ideally suited to get America competitive again. Commented Ruijsink, “The reason to take on the job is quite obvious; I am an authentic lover of the game and especially of the Mosconi Cup. In 25 years of coaching, the Mosconi has proven to be by far the most exciting event in the world of pool. “When Europe was in trouble I thought that was unnecessary – one win in ten years - as I now feel it is not correct that the US is in trouble. Both sides have great players and the MC should bring this greatness out of every player competing. “As a coach in pool, there is no higher goal then working in the “home of pool”, the USA. Although the number of players is not as big as when I started, there is still a huge number of players and lovers of the game in the US. “My entire coaching career has been founded on seeing the American players compete at the World Championship in Bergheim, Germany in 1990. There I saw Earl, Varner, Davenport, Mizerak, Mataya, Lebron and a young Johnny Archer and they made me love the game even more. It also ignited the wish to understand why and how they played at this incredible level, so from that time onwards I have been chasing for my players to perfect their performance. “Now, 25 years later, it hurts to see these great players having trouble to show their high standard in the MC and it is a great honour to be given the opportunity to help them in doing just that. “I sincerely hope that people will see me neither as an intruder (from the US side) nor a traitor (from the European side) and I hope the pool scene will understand that as a coach, there is no bigger challenge today and as a pool lover it is my greatest wish to see a competitive US squad at the Mosconi Cup. The players, audience and the pool world deserve just that,” he concluded. Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said, “It was a big decision to make in appointing a non-American to guide Team USA. However, in this day and age sport and success is an international business and there are plenty of precedents. For example, the USA men’s and ladies’ soccer teams both achieved great accomplishments managed by a German and a Swede respectively.

JOHAN RUIJSINK, the authoritative Dutchman who led the European side undefeated through seven Mosconi Cups, makes a return to the competition after a two-year absence as he takes the reins of Team USA in an attempt to revive America’s flagging fortunes in the transatlantic team event. Ruijsink last captained the European side at Blackpool in 2014 when they ran out comfortable 11-5 winners over the USA. He promptly announced his retirement from an event that he had come to over-shadow after turning Europe from regular losers into the dominant Mosconi Cup force.

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February, we took the very popular A291 and customized it to make the C-A291. The C-A291 features custom Red and Silver Premium Pearl and Black IMA Rings, Bordeaux stain and Black Butt Cap. It also comes standard with the Viking low-deflection ViKORE American Performance shaft with Everest Tip as well as the Viking Limited Lifetime Warranty including warpage.

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Viking Cue Manufacturing, LLC is a World leading designer, developer and manufacturer of authentic, American-Made billiard cues, cases, low deflection shafts and accessories. Viking is proud to announce the introduction of the new PowerBuys Cue of the Month Giveaway for the month of February. Starting in February 2017, the artisans at Viking Cue will be taking one of our legendary designs and transforming it into a new and exciting custom cue, each and every month. By exploring our vast collection of rich custom stains, paints, wraps, inlay and ring materials, exotic woods, performance shafts and tip options, our designers will create a truly custom, limited edition cue without the additional customization charges you would normally expect to pay for when creating a custom cue.

To enter the drawing, please visit Enter as many times as you wish and we will randomly choose the winner of the C-A291 at the end of the month. The Headquarters of Viking Cue is located in Middleton, WI and distributes internationally under the brands of Viking, ViKORE, eXact Shot, eXact Shot2, VCrush, VPro, VSpin, Crush, Punch and Valhalla. For more information, please contact Viking Cue at sales@vikingcue.comor call 1-800-391-0122. To find a Viking Dealer near you, visit our website at

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BCA Pool League Wednesday’s at 7 pm Meat Shoot Fridays at 3 pm 1414 Bay Ave - Ocean Park, WA


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WEEKLY Pool TOURNAMENTS DAY CITY Mondays Boise, ID Capitola, CA Fresno, CA Sacramento, CA San Francisco, CA Tuesdays Sacramento, CA Wednesdays Burien, WA Coos Bay, OR Petaluma, CA Petaluma, CA Tacoma, WA Tacoma , WA

LOCATION The Pocket Fast Eddy’s Diamond Billiards Jointed Cue Family Billiards Jointed Cue BZ’s Sport Bar Silver Dollar Buffalo Billiards Buffalo Billiards Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Latitude 84

PHONE (208) 375-2474 (831) 462-1882 559-283-0000 (916) 456-3243 (415) 931-1115 (916) 456-3243 (206) 243-6018 (541) 888-5634 (707) 794-7338 (707) 794-7338 (253) 383-3301 (253) 531-5154

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Open WorldPPA 9-Ball 9-Ball Handdicapped 9-Ball B 9-Ball Handicap 9-Ball Open 8-Ball Call Pocket - BIH Players Choice 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D 8-Ball Handicap 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE 9-Ball

ENTRY $5 $12/$25 $10 $10 $20 $5-$15 $5 $5 $5 $5 $5+3 g.f. $5+$3 g.f.

ADDED TIME $$$ 8:00PM $100 (last Mon) 8:00PM Call 7:00PM Call 8:00PM Call 7:00PM $50 8:00PM Match to $100 7:00PM Call 7:30PM Matching 7:30PM Matching 7:30PM 100% 7:30PM Call 8:00PM

Thursdays Boise, ID Modesto, CA San Francisco, CA Fridays Electric City, WA Cotati, CA Petaluma, CA Coos Bay, OR Medford, OR Salem, OR Lakewood, WA Ocean Pk, WA Tacoma, WA Tacoma, WA Saturdays Lakewood, WA Modesto, CA Salem, OR Petaluma, CA Sundays Fircrest, WA Tacoma, WA Everett, WA Orofino, ID Pocatello, ID Coos Bay, OR Portland, OR Salem, OR Bozeman, MT

The Pocket Diamond Billiards Family Billiards Banks Lake Pub Dog House Billiards Buffalo Billiards Silver Dollar Rackem Jake’s Bar & Grill Schooners Doc’s Tavern Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Schooners Diamond Billiards Jake’s Bar & Grill Buffalo Billiards Charley’s Pub Malarkey’s Pool & Brew 128th Billiards The Shot Glass Oasis Bar Silver Dollar NiteHawk Jake’s Bar & Grill Scoop Bar

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$5 $10 $20 $5 $11 $10 $5 $5 $5+$5 g.f. $5 $3 Call $5+3 g.f. $5 $10 $5+$5 g.f. $15/10/5 $5 $5 $15 + $5 g.f. $5 $5 $5 $3 M/$2 W $10 (incl g.f.) $10

$$$ $3/player Call Matching Break Pot Call $$$ w/9+ $3/player $$$ 100% Meat Shoot Call 100% 100% $3/player $$$ Call 100% 100% $125 w/16 $100 min pot Matching Call $100 $$$ Call

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

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Silver Spur (see ad p31) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call Kolby’s (see ad p6) 503-393-POOL Open 9-Ball-Race to 8 $60+$10 g.f. $700 9:30AM Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11AM Oasis (see ad p30) 208-406-7476 Open 9-Ball-Race to 5/4 $20 Call 6PM Oasis (see ad p30) 208-406-7476 Open 8-Ball-Race to 4/5 $40 $1,000 11AM Oasis (see ad p30) 208-406-7476 Women’s 8-Ball-Race to 4/3 w/8 $25 Call 11AM TWCWT (see ad p31) 510-652-9808 9-Ball $30 Call 11:30AM Banks Lake Pub (see ad p33) 509-633-2000 Valentines Scotch Doubles 8-Ball $15 $5/player 11AM Kolby’s (see ad p6) 503-393-POOL Open 10-Ball-Race to 7 $60+$10 g.f. $700 9:30AM Banks Lake Pub (see ad p33) 509-633-2000 Open 8-Ball Wayne Boyd Mem. $15 $$$ 10AM Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p26) 307-710-1447 Nubbins Memorial-8-Ball $30 $1,000 Call Kolby’s (see ad p6) 503-393-POOL Open 8-Ball A & B-Race to 4 $20+$10 g.f. $500 9:30AM Banks Lake Pub (see ad p33) 509-633-2000 9-Ball February Birthdays $15 $5/player 11AM Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9) 503-282-8266 10-Ball-Limit 32 $10/15Masters $300 3PM Silver Spur (see ad p31) 406-964-1003 8-Ball Chuck Thompson Mem Call Call Call Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11AM Malarkey’s (see ad p20) 253-383-3301 Mini $20 Call 7PM Malarkey’s (see ad p20) 253-383-3301 10-Ball $75 incl fees $6,500 w/72 8AM Golden Route (see ad p22) 406-586-9526 VNEA League Championship @ Broken Arrow Call Call Call Chinook Winds Open (see ad p4) 360-703-4081 CWO 8-Ball Men $200 incl g.f. $18,000 Noon Chinook Winds Open (see ad p4) 360-703-4081 CWO 8-Ball Women $200 incl g.f. $6,000 Noon Chinook Winds Open (see ad p4) 360-703-4081 2nd Chance-Limit 64 $100 $2,000 7PM Little Chicago (see ad p31) 406-761-9293 8-Ball 3 Man Team Call Call Call Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-M/O Scotch Dbls Varies Go online Varies Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-Grand Master M/W Varies Go online Varies Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-Open A - M/W Varies Go online Varies Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-Open B - M/W Varies Go online Varies Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-Sr Singles - M/W Varies Go online Varies Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-Master Team-MM/W Varies Go online Varies Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-Open Team - M/W Varies Go online Varies Western BCA (see ad Jan) 8-Ball Regionals-Open B Team-M/W Varies Go online Varies Rum Runner (see ad p26) 702-736-6366 17th Doc Hill Mem. 9-Ball-B Players $125 incl g.f. $1,000 Guar 11AM BECC (see ad p31) 406-761-8435 9-Ball Call Call Call Golden Route (see ad p22) 406-586-9526 VNEA Womens Championship @ Eagles Call Call Call Rum Runner (see ad p26) 702-736-6366 Players meeting & draw 8PM Rum Runner (see ad p26) 702-736-6366 27th Andy Mercer Mem. 9-Ball Classic $200 incl g.f. $3,700 w/full field 11AM Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p26) 307-710-1447 Nubbins Memorial-Saratoga $30 $1,000 Call Wilderness Bar (see ad p31) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call Cue Ball (see ad p9) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10AM Jointed Cue (see ad p26) 916-456-3243 9-Ball - In Memory of Terry Stonier $60 $1,000 1PM Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9) 503-282-8266 10-Ball-Limit 32 $10/15Masters $300 3PM Platte Valley Comm. Ctr (see ad p26) 307-710-1447 10th WY Open-10 Ball Sngl Elim Varies $1,000 7PM Platte Valley Comm. Ctr (see ad p26) 307-710-1447 10th WY Open-Saratoga DE Varies $3,000 9AM Platte Valley Comm. Ctr (see ad p26) 307-710-1447 10th WY Open-8-Ball Sngl Elim Varies $2,000 10AM The Pocket (see ad p18) 208-733-9676 Mini 9-Ball-Men - Sngl Elim $30+$10 g.f. Call 6PM The Pocket (see ad p18) 208-733-9676 Mini 9-Ball-Wmn - Sngl Elim $20+$10 g.f. Call 6PM The Pocket (see ad p18) 208-733-9676 16th Rack & Crackem 8-Ball-Men $50+$10 g.f. $1,000 w/ff 9AM The Pocket (see ad p18) 208-733-9676 16th Rack & Crackem 8-Ball-Wmn $30+$10 g.f. $500 w/32 9AM Silver Spur (see ad p31) 406-964-1003 9-Ball Call Call Call Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call 11AM Golden Route (see ad p22) 406-586-9526 VNEA League Championship @ Cats Call Call Call Banks Lake Pub (see ad p33) 509-633-2000 14th Vern Michael Mix Dbls-Limit 64 $20/stick $1,000 Guar 7PM Cue Ball (see ad p9) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10AM MCMOA (see ad p20) 406-208-3506 VNEA 4 Person Teams $200 Call 6PM MCMOA (see ad p20) 406-208-3506 37th VNEA Singles-Men’s $50 Call 8AM MCMOA (see ad p20) 406-208-3506 VNEA Singles-Women’s $50 Call 8AM Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p26) 307-710-1447 Nubbins Memorial-8-Ball $30 $1,000 Call Wilderness Bar (see ad p31) 406-362-9200 8-Ball Singles Call Call Call Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p26) 307-710-1447 Nubbins Memorial-Saratoga $30 $500 Call

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The Break Pool Magazine February Issue 2017  

Shenanigans is Snohomish County APA 9-Ball Tri Cup Winners ... Callado wins TWCWT event ... columnists: Tom Simpson, Stefano Pelinga, Bob Je...

The Break Pool Magazine February Issue 2017  

Shenanigans is Snohomish County APA 9-Ball Tri Cup Winners ... Callado wins TWCWT event ... columnists: Tom Simpson, Stefano Pelinga, Bob Je...