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Held March 9-11, 2017 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon, this installment of the Men’s Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball Championships, the 4th Annual, featured some of the biggest names in professional men’s Billiards. There were a couple of past champions — Skyler Woodward and Rodney Morris. You might also recognize some of the other contenders — Shane Van Boening, Dennis Orcollo, Billy Thorpe, Warren Kiamco, Amar Kang and Josh Roberts — to name but a few. There were also some notable newcomers — Roberto Gomez, Joey Gray, Johann Chua, Jeffrey DeLuna and Manny Perez. Some Western BCA players made their presence known as well, including Randy Camantigue, Stan Tourangeau, Randy

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Roberto Gomez Double Dips Skyler Woodward 7-6. As we already know, Roberto Gomez would not be stopped on his way to the final with Joey Gray, taking out his final two obstacles (Morris and Thorpe). The Gray/Gomez final was on, but before we get to that, it should be said that the hot seat match was one of the best of the event, with Joey and Billy trading break and runs and run outs all the way to the decider. Joey broke dry and Billy marched through the rack until leaving himself a delicate shot on the 4-Ball to get on the 8. He missed the 8 and walked away from an open table and gave the game and the match to Joey. So close and yet so far.

Baker and crowd favorite, Richie Geiler. In all, there were 108 entered in the Men’s Division and and 28 in the Women’s. As always, the party started with a Calcutta auction on Wednesday evening (March 10). It was a spirited affair overseen by CWO TD Bill Henderson and WBCA President Darcy Williams. The Men’s Division Calcutta total was $24550 with $9600 the first place payout and the Women’s was $2010 with $820 the first place payout. Thursday the main event got underway with many great match-ups for the spectators to watch. By the end of the night, many of the serious contenders were on the back side of the bracket (Roberto Gomez, SVB, Jeffrey DeLuna, Ramil Gallego, Johann Chua, Taylor Anderson, Dennis Orcollo, Warren Kiamco and Alex Olinger) and only one could fight his way to the final. Tough bracket. The marquis matches included Rodney Morris vs Dennis Orcollo (7-6 Rodney), Rich Geiler vs Jeffrey DeLuna (7-4 Rich) and SVB vs Marc Vidal (7-6 SVB just after Marc took out Johann Chua 7-4). Friday was a new day and everyone, especially the back side dwellers, hoped it would be a good one for them but, unfortunately, many of the top guns would be up against each other before the end of the day with many eliminated. Before

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Late Night 10-Ball a Hit with the Pros The Late Night 10-Ball Invitational, a new event for the professionals. The format was $1000 entry, 16 bracket limit, race to 13, single elimination, winner breaks with a first place prize of $8000. The “Late Night” referred to when the matches were played, starting Wednesday after the Calcutta, the final four playing Thursday after CWO play was finished for the day and the final on Friday night, again after CWO play was finished for the day. The bracket filled with all the upper echelon pros ponying up a grand each for the big payout at the

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end. By the end of play Wednesday, Jeffrey DeLuna vs Dennis Orcollo and Josh Roberts vs Shane Van Boening were all that survived. Everyone was looking forward to a Orcollo/ SVB final but up jumped DeLuna who beat Dennis Orcollo to move into the final himself against SVB. The final score was 13-11/SVB and was basically a clinic, with nine break and runs (including the winning rack), one 1-10 combo in game 2 and all the rest runouts following three dry breaks and the very occasional mistake on the part of one player or the other. Jeffrey collected $4000 for 2nd place and Dennis and Josh received $2000 each for getting to the semis. Fun format + great shooting + a large and appreciative crowd = a successful event. Look for it to be on the menu next time.

to Claim CWO 8-Ball Title Brittany Bryant CWO Women’s Champion All the while the men were in action, there was also a small Women’s Division (28 entrants) playing for a first place prize of $4000. Former champion Nicole Keeney was on hand with a few other notable out of towners (Brittany Bryant, Emily Duddy, Kelly Isaac and Bernie Store among them) as well as some of Western BCA’s finest (Liz Cole, Kim Jones and Cindy Sliva). Brittany Bryant and Bernie Store made it through the front side undefeated to the point match, with Bernie winning 5-4 to get to the final. Cindy Sliva, after taking out both Keeney and Duddy, met up with Bryant in the back side point match. There Cindy met up with a determined Brittany and was shut out and finished in 3rd place. Brittany went on to the final and another shot at Bernie. Brittany had to beat Bernie twice and she got off to a great start, shutting Bernie out 5-0 and the double dip was on. Often the first set is just warm up for the winner of the hot seat and this proved to be the case here. Bernie played much better the 2nd time around. The ladies traded games until the got to the hill-hill decider. Bernie had won the lag, so she had the break. It was a

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Nubbins Memorial March Monthly Tournament

The March version of the Andy Cloth Nubbins Memorial Monthly Pool Tournament at Duke’s Bar & Grill in Saratoga, WY was held on March 24-25, 2017. Wyoming was represented with 17 players from Rawlins, Saratoga, Cheyenne and Rock Springs, who battled it out for the Saratoga (an 8-ball & 10-ball hybrid game) title. The eventual champion, Ricardo Martinez of Rawlins, WY went through the field before dropping a match to Jordan Thayer for the hot seat and then came back from the loser’s side to double dip Jordan en route to a 1st place finish! Tournament runner up honors went to Jordan Thayer of Rawlins, WY who shot strong all weekend and whose only loss was to the champion, Martinez. Anthony Lucero had yet another strong showing during the weekend and finished up in the 3rd place spot only losing to Ricardo and Jordan along the way. Chico Cisneros of Cheyenne, WY (former Wyoming State Champion), was a definite factor in the tournament as he took 4th place over the two-day tournament.

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For Varner, he earned the right to face off with Joseph Farmer. Farmer had momentum after playing non-stop through the loser’s bracket. Jay put up some valiant resistance, but Farmer was too hot, claiming the match and a shot at Clippard. Varner took home $80 and some satisfaction of playing a good tournament. Farmer wasn’t done with the fireworks. With Clippard claiming the point, Farmer had to win 2. He might have won 5 had that been the demand. Clearly in the groove, Farmer cruised through both matches claiming another monthly championship. For his trouble, Clippard accepted his $ 120. Farmer was all smiles as he accepted $ 180 and the 2nd event of the season. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

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March Winners Paul Marquez of Portland and Bill Enger, down from Seattle, matched wits and skills in the finals of Sam’s 1st Sunday 14.1 Tournament, March edition that took place on March 5, 2017 at Sam’s Hollywood Billiards in Portland, Oregon. Paul brings an intensity of focus and an energetic enthusiasm to the pool table that also serves him well in his martial arts and sports coaching career. Bill shows a quieter, though equally palpable, degree of thoughtful concentration that reflects years of rock-climbing experience and his well-earned prominence among Northwest Go players. In the end, Paul took home the winner’s cash and high-run award, and Bill was content with second honors (a personal best for him). Both impressed all of us with their unfailing courtesy and gracious attitude through all their matches.

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The Psychology of Pool 3 Signs of Choking

DR. CHRIS STANKOVICH

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Choking is a term used in sports to describe athletes who fail to live up to their potential in games when they have previously shown they can do it in practice. For pool players, an example might be a player who plays “lights out” while practicing in the pool room, but when he enters tournaments is quickly eliminated because of shots he otherwise normally makes. Choking is something every pool player should learn how to control and minimize if the goal is to reach your full potential. Amazingly, often the difference in pool (and most sports) between the better players and everyone else is the successful player’s ability to control nerves, stay focused, and quickly bounce back from adversity. Notice, what I am saying is that it’s not usually because the better players know more, but instead because they have an enormous amount of confidence that they won’t beat themselves. Drilling deeper, here are 3 big signs that you might benefit from getting choking under control: 1. You immediately notice that your mindset changes from “playing to win” to “playing to avoid losing” when participating in tournaments and other big events. 2. While playing in competitive situations you experience abnormal nerves that you don’t experience while practicing or playing in other, less intense matches. 3. You realize that you have not learned specific techniques to manage your nerves, and therefore regularly play below your ability in tournaments. Choking is a natural, albeit annoying, way for the body to tell us we are threatened by something. In the case of pool players, choking occurs when players fear their opponent, fear failure, or fear living up to their potential. Regardless, if pool players truly want to play their best then it is imperative to strengthen mental toughness and employ specific techniques to conquer choking. It’s important to remind yourself of the importance of distinguishing between real fear (i.e. being in harms way) versus irrational fear (i.e. being afraid of a shot on the table). Ironically, both real and irrational fear lead to anxiety, but when we really look at the fear pool players deal with it’s almost always irrational fear – the kind of fear we should be able to quickly eliminate when we think in rational ways. One simple way to gain some traction is to use cognitive techniques in the ways in which you frame situations. For example, rather than seeing a good player on your side of the bracket and then hoping you don’t play him or her, instead frame the potential match as a challenge, not a threat. Yes, this one, simple decision can make all the difference in the world. When we view life situations as challenges only then do we cull from our personal reservoir of mental strength and inevitably pay our best. I would like to hear from you. If you have a question for me please submit to: information@drstankovich.com

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A New Spin on Rotation

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I didn’t realize how tired I was of 9-Ball until I played a new game. Actually, it’s a new version of a very old game – Rotation. Pro player & instructor Joe Tucker developed it. I’ll summarize here, but you can get the complete rules and scoresheets at JoeTucker.net. For many years, the story has been that the Filipinos are great at 9-Ball and 10-Ball because they all grew up playing Rotation (with 15 balls). The explanation we usually hear is that their pool fees were paid by the rack – not by the hour. So, Rotation was a good way to get more table time for the same money. And look what’s it’s done for their level of play! We still played Rotation here in the ’60s, mostly as a gambling ring game (Pill Pool). 9-Ball took over, possibly because it was a faster way to separate bangers from their cash. Joe suggested calling this new version American Rotation to differentiate it from the old version played extensively by the Filipinos. But I propose we name it Rhode Island Rotation in accordance with the tradition of sometimes naming a game to honor the place where it began or became popular. Of course, Joe is from Rhode Island. I’ll explain enough here for you to get the idea and give the game a try. Rhode Island is a rotation game, meaning the low ball on the table must be contacted first. A match is played to some number of points, typically 100. Balls numbered 1-10 are worth one point each. Balls 11-15 are worth two points, so each rack contains a total of twenty points. Play continues until one player reaches the winning score. (With more than two players, it’s no safeties and pay for every ball.) Other than the break, every shot is either a called shot or a called safety. When you miss a called shot, or pocket a ball on a called safety, the incoming player can make you shoot again. The incoming player gets ball in hand on any foul, for example, scratching, failing to hit the lowest ball first, knocking a ball off the table, or failing to make a legal shot. No balls are ever spotted, so this is a perfect game for barbox play. Balls pocketed on fouls or on missed shots belong to the player who shoots next. The penalty for three consecutive fouls is a “free shot” (ball in hand on any ball), followed by ball in hand in rotation. Rack all fifteen balls, as shown. In Joe’s rules, there are a few special rules for the first rack of the game, but we’ll ignore those small differences here and talk about how to try the game. Here we go: Lag for the break. Alternate breaks after the first rack. After the break, the breaker starts the rack with ball in hand, regardless of whether a ball was pocketed or whether there was a foul. On every shot except the break, you must contact the lowest numbered ball first. Requirements for a legal

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15 2 3 X 1 X X 14 13 X X XXX X Why I believe this is a compelling, rewarding, enjoyable game: 1. It’s lots of fun! Rhode Island presents surprises, challenges, opportunities for greatness, and opportunities for excitement. As in games like One Pocket, momentum can switch very quickly. Miss a ball you called, and it could be very costly. 2. Luck is a smaller factor. With ball in hand after the break, and no requirement to sink a ball on the break, “luck of the break” is not a big factor. And with the ability to make your opponent shoot again when they miss, you’re not suffering from accidental snookers so frequently. Let the player who missed deal with it. It might be risky, but you could make them shoot until they foul or leave you a shot worth taking. 3. Pocketing balls is rewarded. Points are scored for every ball. In 9-Ball, the only reward for pocketing a ball is staying at the table. If you’re not a run-out player, every ball you sink makes it easier for your opponent to get out. The only ball that counts for anything is the nine. Lots of fabulous plays are not rewarded because the player didn’t get to the nine. 4. Planning is rewarded. With as many as fifteen balls on the table, it’s vital to think ahead. If you call a ball and miss, you could be impossibly snookered and give up ball in hand when the incoming player makes you shoot again. 5. Less frequent racking, more innings. With more balls in the game and more traffic on the table, a rack may take more time and more innings (maximum bang for the buck on a barbox). 6. Expanded strategic and defensive components. Playing this game will expand your strategic thinking and enhance your defensive moves. Constantly weighing significant risk vs. reward decisions sharpens your game. You’ll learn to see better, smarter safeties, and think like a player. This game really builds your skills. 7. Easy handicapping. Good news for those not at the top of the food chain – this game is easy to handicap fairly. You simply get “points on the wire,” for example, in a 100-point match, the stronger player might give the weaker player 40 points at the start. The strong player needs 100, while the weaker player needs 60 to win. “So, ya wanna play some Rhode Island, buck a point? I’ve never played it before …”

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THOSE PRECIOUS DOUBLE-KISSES STEFANO PELINGA stefanopelinga.com 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.

This month I still want to stick to my favorite trick shots, the traditional and useful ones. So, let’s keep the gimmicks away and learn how to get the most out of a “double-kiss”. Normally double-kissing is the result of a mistake while playing pool. It occurs when our object ball is too close to a rail and we hit it a little too full so that our cue ball does not have the time to clear the OB’s path when bouncing off the rail. We can actually flip it around and make it work for us. Here is a couple of valid examples. Let’s suppose we are playing a game of 9- or 10-Ball and the lowest numbered ball (the yellow one in my diagram) is frozen to the short rail at circa one diamond from D-Pocket. The 9- or the 10 Ball is hanging by C-Pocket and we have some obstacle balls in between. As far as our cue ball is within the dotted area we can try this first approach (X): Hit the CB at 12:30 with 2.5 tips of English (X on the CB in the diagram) and a 2-2.5 stroke, using also a smooth but quick follow-thru. Aim the OB about 3/4 full to the left. The double-kiss thereby generated, will push the CB backwards, while it will keep spinning forward, in direction of the long rail. If you will have applied a good amount of forward spin, especially if the cloth is new and the balls are clean, the rail will magnify the spin (provided you don’t shoot too hard giving the CB time to grab) which will take over and make the CB curve around the obstacles (X-path in the diagram) and hopefully pocket the blue ball into C-Pocket. This works if you manage A F solution to have the CB, after the double-kiss, hit the long rail at an angle of 30-40° (the solid blue lines in the diagram). The 2nd solution is somewhat easier. This time hit the OB 5/6 full on the right using a 5 o’clock and 2 tips of English on the CB. Your stroke speed should be 3-3.5. After the double-kiss the CB should follow approximately the burgundy path in the diagram (Y), hitting three rails with running English and then pocket the blue ball. On a very sleek equipment and with B E clean balls, you may want to consider hitting the first long rail shortly before the side pocket B. Now practice and master these two shots and you will have two extra aces up your sleeve to win your 9- or 10-ball games.

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Usually when you are playing a safety at eight ball or nine ball there are blocker balls to hide behind, but at the end of the game you may have nothing to help you but distance and awkward angles. Here are three shots that come up time and again and you have to be ready for them. All three of them use the same cue ball in the diagram and all of them use a nine ball but the ideas also apply to eight ball if both players have finished their groups. Shot 1 shows the standard way to deal with a straightdown-the-middle safe. The goal is to leave both balls on the cushions and more or less straight across from each other at X and Y. You will need to S hit somewhat less than half-ball on the nine. The big worry is to leave a nearly straight bank such as by sending the object ball to A instead of Y. An aggressive two-way shot from the same position is to bank the nine back to pocket P and take the cue ball to about the same place on the side rail. If you do go for this shot, make sure your speed is such that if the nine misses the pocket on the short Y rail the speed is correct to stop at C, before the side pocket. Do you see your opponent’s possible safe response if you do leave the balls at X and Y? There are two shots very similar to the solutions for the one you just played. He can shoot the nine back to its starting place and send the cue ball up the table but B he has to be careful not to scratch in pocket Q with a thin hit. Alternatively, he can play a fuller shot to bank the ball to pocket R with a speed that leaves the nine back where it started if he hits D instead of the pocket. For Shot 2 the main goal is to leave the cue ball C frozen to the end cushion to ensure maximum distance if you miss the bank. The shot comes up in several different forms so sometimes the cue ball will go as shown off the side cushion to get to the end rail and some times you may draw or stun straight over. The ideal speed leaves the ball in the center of the table if you miss and the cue ball frozen. Shot 3, with the cue ball very close to the nine but not touching, requires excellent control of the cue ball’s angle off a very thin hit. You can’t afford to move the nine very far or you will leave a shot to pocket P and you have to miss pocket S. If the balls are sitting at an angle that makes the scratch look inevitable, consider elevating and using left P side spin so the cue ball swerves off the nine to hit near Y and continue to stop at E. It’s hard to get an exact thin hit when elevated as the cue ball tends to curve a little at the start and you usually will get a fuller hit than you want. To complicate matters, how clean the balls and cloth are will affect that

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early curve. Practice. If you have the swerve shot mastered, it is a better way to play the shot because you don’t have to worry about getting the cushion at E and you can use a speed that will freeze at E. While these three situations are presented as end-game possibilities, the same techniques can lead to some excellent safes mid-game at nine ball. In the case of Shot 1, imagine that there are some balls in the rack area. With the right speed you can get the snooker. This pattern is frequently

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used by top players and they seem to find just the right speed even if there is only one blocker to hide behind.

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TOURNAMENT PLAY:

IMPLEMENT A FIVE-STEP PLAN OF ACTION

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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1. COME PREPARED Being an effective tournament player means doing a lot of work before your match begins. No matter your level of play, there is an opportunity to survey the pool table to determine your conclusion to several variables that effect match play. You might ask the following questions: What size is the table that I am playing on? What type of cloth is on the table? Is the cloth fast or slow? Does the table roll to one side or the other? Are the pockets loose or are they tight? What distractions are nearby that I may want to avoid? Am I playing with a standard sized cue ball or is it oversized? You can also do some test break shots to see which side of the table you get the most action from. 2. FOLLOW YOUR GAME PLAN Once you have developed your match strategy. You will want to follow it. It’s one thing to do an in-depth analysis and follow it completely. However, during match play things can become complicated rather quickly. For example, if you break dry a couple of times you may be tempted to change your breaking position. If you overshoot position, you may be tempted to shorten up your stroke. In a tight match there can be quite a bit of pressure. Pressure is the number one reason players alter their game plan. Generally, pressure makes you tighten up and that can make you indecisive at the table. 3. KNOW YOUR PERSONAL LIMITATIONS Pool is a game of decisions. You should take into account the risks and rewards of the shot that you have decided to shoot. As a whole, amateur players are way too aggressive, and take unnecessary risks because they are not being honest with themselves about their true abilities. How many times have you tried to pocket an impossible bank shot or make a backward cut only to jaw the ball in the pocket? Just because a shot is possible does not mean you should shoot it. Professional players weigh the percentages. They ask themselves questions such as: • Am I more likely to be successful playing an offensive shot or defensive shot? • Can I easily attain position on my next shot? • What is my success percentage of shot 1 compared to shot 2? • Given various options, which shot will my opponent like the least? • Can I play a two-way shot? The best players in the world are

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brutally honest with themselves. They have a true understanding of their personal abilities, and will only play a shot when they know they can execute it a highpercentage of the time. 4. IMPLEMENT A HIGH-POWERED OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE GAME Professional pool players are masters at making high-runs that are supplemented with a smothering defense. The smartest players in the world understand when to play aggressively but also understand when a good safety is needed. You have heard the old saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” The same is true for pool. There is no single “right answer” on how a layout of balls should be played. Players should develop their strategy around their knowledge of the game coupled with a true understanding of their personal abilities. 5. MAKE QUALITY DECISIONS Being able to make quality decisions is perhaps the most important piece of the game-winning puzzle. While it’s not a guarantee, if you are second-guessing a decision before you execute it, it is going to prevent you from delivering a confident stroke. The time to think and analyze each shot occurs before you actually pull the trigger. When you’re standing over the ball ready to execute the shot, the best players in the world are totally committed to delivering a smooth straight stroke subconsciously.

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Tim Kovacs earned the title of the 2017 Doc Hill Champion March 17-19, 2-17 at the Rum Runner in Las Vegas. The 17th Annual Doc Hill Memorial Tournament, hosted by Geno and Gordie Hill of the Rum Runner, pays tribute to their father ‘Doc Hill.’ The popular “B” player, bar table, 9-ball tournament drew a full 64-player field of local Las Vegas league players, shooting for a top prize of $3,000. The tournament was kept running smoothly with the help of Jim Blakeman, Gordie Hill, Geno Hill and the awesome Rum Runner staff. Article by: Mary Coffman Photos Courtesy of Mike Stubbs

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New attendance high @ March Western BCA 8-Ball championships Even the somewhat inhospitable Oregon coast March weather didn’t deter a record breaking number of players from coming to the 22nd Annual Western BCA 8-Ball Championships March 12-19, 2017. Chinook Winds Casino Resort again rolled out the red carpet for a whopping1447 players who came to play in the 15 divisions offered. Whether it was Mixed Scotch Doubles, Singles or Teams, the players came to get their portion of the almost $137,000 up for grabs. The 8-Ball Championships were again preceded by the 4th Annual Chinook Winds Open 8-Ball Championships, beginning on Thursday, March 11, 2017. Hopefully, you were able to come and see some of the greats of our game play as well as some of our own players turn in some pretty good performances. If not, recorded videos will soon be available. The full article will be posted separately.

Fun Night Fun Night was Saturday, March 11. Besides the usual Mini-Tournaments, handicapped 10-Ball STAN TOURANGEAU and lots of tables for practice, the finals of the CWO were also going on. Needless to say, the room was packed. The handicapped 10-Ball drew 46 players from all divisions wanting that first taste of competition. In the end, GrandMaster Stan Tourangeau (LTD) played Open A player Jerald Davenport (CC) for the $250 first place prize. Stan didn’t let a little thing like giving his opponent a couple of games slow him down as he won 1st place and $250. Jerald, in 2nd place got $150. Others cashing were: 3/4th ($80) David Bersenadze (LTD) and Dave Chavez (NPL), 5-8th ($40) Ben Merton (NPL), Clifford Maxson (NPL), John Carnes (LTD) and Ed Slade (LTD) and 9-12th ($25) Jason Hecock (LTD), Randy White (NPL), Jared Santoyo, Linn Petty (EV), Kirsten Fery (NPL), Tina Krause (NPL), Scott Chandler (LTD), Pat Gamble (MTV).

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PAUL WARD AND CHRISTY MORGAN

Open Mixed Scotch Doubles Mixed Scotch Doubles lead off the Championships on Sunday Morning at 9am. An astounding 178 couples came together to play for the title of Open Mixed Scotch Doubles Champion, up from 166 in 2016. At the end of the day, the field was whittled down to 30 pairs. The front side played out, with the hot seat match between Paul Ward/Christy Morgan (INL) and Chris Rodriguez/Madalina Moreno (INL) going to Paul/Christy 4-3. With their spot in the final secure, they waited to see who would come through the back side and Chris/Madalina waited to see who they’d have to overcome to get another shot at Paul/ Christy. Anthony Wahpat/Dyamelle Castilleja (YAK) got to the back side point match and no further, as Chris/Madalina wasted no time sending them home in 3rd place/$1210 with a 3-0 win. The final was a repeat of the hot seat match with the same result. The two pairs alternated wins to get to hill-hill. Chris/ Madalina had the break but broke dry. That was all Paul/Christy needed, as they ran out and claimed the title and the $2050 prize. Chris/Madalina got 2nd place and $1570.

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The Master Mixed Scotch Doubles Division featured 53 pairs, including some past champions and finalists. This time around, former champions Mike Stevens/Cindy Doty (NPL) would square off against Tommy Sliva/ Cindy Sliva (NPL) for the hot seat. Mike/ Cindy were a little too much for the Sliva siblings and they secured their spot in the final 5-2. Eddie Mataya/Regene McConnell (NPL/LTD), runner ups at last March’s 8-Ball Championships, met Tommy/Cindy in the back side point match, with a seat in the final on the line. Eddie/Regene got their shot at redemption, winning 4-2 and leaving Tommy/Cindy in 3rd place/$1320 and moving on to the final. But Mike/Cindy, after going several tournaments without even getting into the finals, much less winning, were hungry for a championship finish. Eddie/Regene took game 1. Then Mike/ Cindy reeled off 3 wins to lead the match 3-1. Game 5 was a grueling safety game, finally going to Eddie/Regene. Eddie/Regene made a nice runout in game 6 and the match was even at 3-3. Mike/Cindy answered with a runout of their own in game 7 and had the lead 4-3. For a minute. Cindy broke dry in game 8 and Eddie/Regene ran out to get to hill-hill.

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The decider had a little bit of everything, a dry break by Regene, uncharacteristic misses on both sides and a brilliant set up shot by Mike to get Cindy on the 8, pointing her at the only pocket the 8-Ball had. Cindy drilled it in and the crown was theirs. Eddie/Regene, runner ups again, collected $1860 for 2nd place and the Champs accepted their well earned check for $2650.

Tuesday, 9am saw the beginning of the Men’s Senior Singles. With just 40 entries, somewhat down from previous years, these experienced and cunning gentlemen still put on a good show. David Pasciyo (LINC) and Dave Thompson (NPL) played through the front side to the hot seat match. David took the match 5-3. Dave went to the back side, hoping for a rematch but Mike (Doc) Troupe had other plans for the final which didn’t include Dave Thompson (3rd/$325). This final was yet another two set final with the back side survivor (Mike/2nd place/$450) taking the first set 5-3 and the hot seat winner (David Pasciyo/1st/$650), in a tight decider match, going the distance for the win 5-4. Great shooting, gentlemen.

STAN TOURANGEAU

RICKY FORD

Men’s B Singles On to Singles. The Men’s B Singles got underway on Monday at 3pm with 313 (same as last year) on the hunt for the title. It would take awhile. By the end of play on Tuesday, there were just 24 remaining with hopes intact. On the front side, Ricky Ford (LTD) and Joel Rice (EV) met in the hot seat match with Ricky clinching a seat in the final 4-1. Ramon Gutierrez (YAK) made it to the back side semi against Joel but couldn’t overtake him so left in 3rd place ($820). Joel and Ricky again went at it. Joel got off to a good start this time, taking the first set and hoping for a double dip. Ricky had a different outcome in mind and took the second set 4-2. Congratulations to Joel Rice for his 2nd place finish ($1075) and Ricky Ford for his first place win ($1450).

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Men’s A Singles Next to hit the tables at 3pm on Tuesday, was the Men’s A Singles with 222 men (a new high). By Wednesday noon, the front side had played down to the hot seat match between Shaun Kougioulis (TIO) and Steve Rijon (INL). Shaun took that match 5-3 to advance to the final. Again the final would be a redo of the hot seat match. Steve took care of Tony Dunlap (3rd place/$1025) 5-2 to get another shot at Shaun. Again, a double dip became a possibility, as Steve took the first set 5-3. Again, it wasn’t meant to be, as Shaun settled down and closed out the hard fought second set that went to a hill-hill decider. The final score was 5-4, Steve finished in 2nd place ($1375) and Shaun secured the title ($1850).

Men’s GM/ MASTER SINGLES Three divisions got going on Wednesday at 9am, including the Men’s GrandMaster/Master Singles featured 75 (down slightly from last year’s event) of the best male shooters in our association. Two men marched through the front side undefeated to get to the hot seat match. It’s no surprise that both have been there before, veteran superstar

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Stan Tourangeau (LTD) and young rising star Chris Byers (RCB). It was a tight match, going hill-hill. Stan won the decider and would wait to see who would meet him in the final. Eddie Mataya (NPL), who Chris had sent to the back side earlier, had to win four matches to get to the back side semi and face off against Chris again. This time, Eddie was not to be denied as he took the match 6-4, leaving Chris in 3rd place/$825. As the match began, it was quite obvious that both men had come to play and they did not disappoint. Both started with a break and run (1-1). In game 3, Stan ran out after Eddie just missed a kick shot that Stan set up for him following a good safety (2-1). Stan again ran out after Eddie missed his shape on the 4-Ball and had to jump, missing (3-1). Eddie got the next two back and forth games, being patient and waiting for his chance to get himself back “on serve” (3-3). The two again exchanged break and runs (4-4). Game 7 was Eddie’s opportunity to get on the hill after Stan’s run ended when he fouled. It wasn’t an easy out but Eddie worked it out to take the game (5-5). The final game of the match was all Eddie, as he again broke and ran (6-5) and a possible double dip was on. The second set started just as the first had, with both players exchanging break and runs (1-1). Stan again took the next two games, capitalizing on errors in both games that got Stan to the table and able to close out the games (3-1). A rare miss by Stan and Eddie’s good safety gave Eddie the chance he needed in game 5 (3-2). Eddie got the next two games with a break and run in game 6 and a run out following Stan’s dry break in game 7 and he took the lead 4-3. Eddie’s heart broke

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a little as he broke dry in game 8 and could only watch as Stan ran out (4-4). Stan broke and ran in game 9 (5-4). Eddie broke well in game 10 and looked to be on his way out but missed the 15-Ball. Stan’s good safety resulted in a errant 13Ball going in the wrong pocket and Stan was back at the table and that was it for Eddie (2nd/$1225) and Stan ran out and was Champion again ($1800). It was a great match with only a very few mistakes being the difference.

WOMEN’S B SINGLES

western bca 8-ball Championships 9am on Wednesday also saw the start of the Women’s Senior Singles division. This is traditionally a small bracket, 8 this time, but these ladies fight just as hard as anyone. Dani Hinshaw (LTD) and Sandra Frazier (LTD) met in the hot seat match to see who would secure a spot in the final. Dani got serious and dispatched Sandra to the back side 4-0). Sandra, not ready to go home, barely beat Pam Carraway (MTV) 4-3, leaving Pam in 3rd place/$50. Sandra played better but Dani prevailed 4-3. Sandra ended her singles in 2nd place/$100 and Dani Hinshaw was the new Champion, collecting the $225 first place prize.

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KIRSTEN FERY

JULIE FRASER WITH DAUGHTER EMILY

The Women’s B Singles fielded 101 women, finally pushing this division over 100 entries. They got going at 9am on Wednesday. Julie Fraser (NPL) played her way into the final undefeated, sending Tina Wiegardt (LCP) to the back side after a 4-3 hot seat match win. Tina and Kristi Skinner (LTD) met in the back side semi but Tina couldn’t quite hold Kristi off, losing a tight match 3-4 and settling for 3rd place ($375). Julie, with friends and family watching, took control of the match and closed it out 4-1 with a great shot on the last 8-Ball. Kristi left in 2nd place ($510) and a very happy Julie accepted the title and $700.

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WOMen’s GM/ MASTER SINGLES

WOMEN’S A SINGLES The Women’s A Singles took to the tables later on Wednesday with 77 entries, down 10 from 2016. Kirsten Fery (NPL) and Talya Makus (LTD) went undefeated through the front side before meeting in the hot seat match. Kirsten, playing very well, took that match handily 4-1 to await whoever would emerge from the back side. Talya, also improving every tournament, wanted another go a Kirsten and had only to get by Robin Adams (NPL) to get her chance at Kirsten. Talya did just that, sending Robin home in 3rd place ($450) in a close 4-3 win. Talya took the first set of the final 4-2 to set up a possible double dip. Kirsten, warmed up and ready to do battle, reversed the score to take the second set by the same 4-2 score. Talya finished her singles in 2nd place ($635) and a happy Kirsten accepted the title and first place check for $900.

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The Women’s GrandMaster/Master Singles, with 48 entries, got underway at 7pm Wednesday. Cassie Francois (LTD), relatively new to the big pond, proved to be the surprise of the Singles events. Cassie had to get past some strong masters and two grandmasters, Phyllis Fernandez (5-3) and Kim Jones (5-3), to find herself sitting on the hot seat, waiting for an opponent in the final. Phyllis came halfway back before being stopped by Cindy Sliva (5-3). Cindy was on her own quest, as she continued on to the back side semi with Kim. Cindy won that match 5-3 leaving Kim in 3rd place/$530. The final between Cassie and Cindy was a little David and Goliath-like with Goliath (Cindy) putting on the pressure from the git. Cindy took the first set 5-3 and was very focused on securing the double dip. Cassie took the first game of the second set but that was all she would get, as Cindy reeled off the next five games, including a nice table run in game 6 that started with her dry break. Cassie got to the table but ran out of gas, leaving herself a difficult shot and missing and giving Cindy the opportunity to close out the match. Cassie (2nd place/$775) had a great tournament and will no doubt be back with a vengeance. Cindy Sliva’s 1st place/$1135, come from behind finish proved, once again, what a great champion she is. Congratulations to both ladies for a fine tournament and a great final.

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Hustlin’ Again: Talya Makus, Tina Tillett, Angie Verhoeven, Andy Ruth

Clam Jammers: Nicole Donisi, Sheila Clark, Liz Cole, Stephanie Hefner

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The Women’s Open Team division, with 42 teams, got to their final next. LTD’s HUSTLIN’ AGAIN (Talya Makus, Andy Ruth, Tina Tillett, Angie Verhoeven) went undefeated to the hot seat to await an opponent in the final. Meanwhile, another LTD team, ICE BREAKERS (Dionne Alston, Larae Rabe, Angel Veliz, Tammy Culbertson) won two matches before going to the back side to make their way to the semi against the hot seat losers, CC’S SUPERFREAKS (Tricia Heintz, Donna Kingsbury, Ricci Poston, Kimber Sexton, Gayla Tully). SUPERFREAKS (3rd place/$840) lost this semi 9-7 and ICE BREAKERS went on to the final. ICE BREAKERS (2nd place/$1140) was hoping for a double dip, taking the first set 9-4. HUSTLIN’ AGAIN (1st place/$1560), however, wasn’t having any of that, as they took the second set by the same 9-4 score and it was over.

The Women’s Master Team division played out just as the Women’s Open Teams, only this time, the double dip was accomplished. Here’s how it went. OH NO YOU DIDN’T (Kim Jones, Sherry Griffin, Suwanna Kroll, Staci Moses) won the hot seat and waited. CLAM JAMMERS (Stephanie Hefner, Nicole Donisi, Sheila Clark, Liz Cole) came through the back side, leaving CHALK DIRTY TO ME (Phyllis Fernandez, Cassie Francois, Patricia Tipton, Brenda Willis) in 3rd place/$600) and going on to the final. In the first set, CLAM JAMMERS didn’t let OH NO YOU DIDN’T get going, winning 11-5. In the second set, CLAM JAMMERS (1st place/$2000) never let OH NO YOU DIDN’T (2nd place/$1100) get a lead as they went on to win the set and match 11-8. Liz Cole and Sheila Clark led their team with 4 wins each.

Fargo in October: Vic Albertson,Greg Garcia, Flank Blazon, Dave Chavez, Dan

Real Deal: Mike Randall, Andy Martin, Chad Hartje, Joe Stiner, Ron O’Grady

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Men’s/mixed open teams

Here’s how the team competitions went, starting with the Men’s/Mixed B Teams. NPL’s FARGO IN OCTOBER (Greg Garcia, Frank Blazon, Vic Albertson, Dave Chavez, Dan) sailed through the front side to get to the point match against KFB’s SIC EM ON A CHICKEN (Jonathan Berlt, Dale Eklund, Bryan Powless, Anthony Pruitt, Keith Thompson). It was a hard fought match (11-10), with FARGO IN OCTOBER advancing to the final and SIC EM ON A CHICKEN going to the back side. LTD’s BREAKING BAD HABITS (Mike Curran, Alex Haugen, Collin Jensen, Doug Lowe, Jeff Snyder) met a similar fate with their first meeting with FARGO IN OCTOBER, losing by the same 11-10 score and going to the back side where they had a slightly longer road to get to the back side semi. BREAKING BAD HABITS was too much for SIC EM ON A CHICKEN (3rd place/$1325), as they went on to the final. FARGO IN OCTOBER dominated the final match and won handily 11-6 over BREAKING BAD HABITS (2nd place/$1700) to claim 1st place and $2225. Frank Blazon with 4 wins and Greg Garcia, with 3 wins, led their team to the victory.

Last but not least were the Men’s/Mixed Open Teams. There were 76 teams in this division. WWA’s REAL DEAL (Mike Randall, Andy Martin, Chad Hartje, Joe Stiner, Ron O’Grady) plowed through the front side undefeated to the hot seat. NPL’s RESTING GAME FACE (Alex Blair, Tyrell Datwyler, Cliff Maxson, Eddie Parenti, Evan Smelser) took a longer route to the final, losing their first match, getting to the back side semi against EV’s 5 SHADES OF GRAY (Dan Beltran, Al Carver, Ken Cox, Danny DeFeniks, Linn Petty, Luke Watts), winning that match 13-8, sending 5 SHADES home in 3rd place/$1850) and going on to the final. RESTING GAME FACE’s momentum held up through the first 18 games of the final. At that point they were had a nice 11-7 lead and looked to be heading for a second set. Not to be, however, as REAL DEAL came to life and reeled of the next 6 games and it was over with RESTING GAME FACE in 2nd place/$2375 and REAL DEAL the Champions/$3125. Andy Martin and Joe Stiner won 4 and 3 games respectively to lead the team.

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Complete results and payouts

Last Minute: Jeff Coates, Randy Baker, Chad Bisconer, Mike Stevens, Jackson McDonald

Men’s/mixed master teams By 1pm, there was a logjam of finals scheduled and it turned out that the Men’s/ Mixed Master Teams were first to be ready to play on the streaming table. There were 22 teams entered. The road to the finals for one of them was direct, the other team took the scenic route. LAST MINUTE (Randy Baker, Mike Stevens, Jackson McDonald, Jeff Coates, Chad Bisconer) arrived at the hot seat unbeaten. FRENCHY’S GANG (Steve Lingelbach, Todd Speakman, Gary French, LeRoy Dorsey, Jeff Jerome) took the long way to the final, losing their first match and grinding through the back side. Their last obstacle was SOUNDVIEW BAR & GRILL (Cody Clark, Jim Conway, Jeff Jimenez, Greg Odal, Ben Renteria, Ed Slade), who put of a good fight but fell short, losing 13-9 (3rd place/$1500). The final was even at 8-8 after the first 16 games. LAST MINUTE settled down and reeled off the next four games to get to the hill (12-8). It looked all but over but FRENCHY’S GANG (2nd place/$2300) wasn’t ready to roll over as they won the next three games to draw to within one game (11-12). Jackson McDonald clinched the championship for LAST MINUTE (1st place/$3600) with a great shot on the 8-Ball in the next game and it was over (13-11). Standouts were Steve Lingelbach and Randy Baker with 4 game wins each. As always, we would like to thank our sponsors: Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Western BCA and Bud Light. This event wouldn’t be possible without BadBoys Billiards Productions for providing the tables, bracketing and tournament direction, Darryl Farley’s national referee crew, and Lenny Marshall/OnTheRailTV who streamed and recorded countless matches throughout the event. And last but not least, many thanks to the dedicated staff of Western BCA volunteers who give their time and expertise both prior to and at this event, to make this truly the biggest and best regional tournament in the country. So, that’s a wrap. See y’all in October! WOMEN’S B SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $700 Julie Fraser 2nd $510 Kristi Skinner 3rd $375 Tina Wiegardt 4th $275 Anita Whitehouse 5th/6th $205 Tina Peralta 5th/6th $205 Dianna Trent 7th/8th $155 Mika Culy 7th/8th $155 Teri Klyzek 9th/12th $115 Juli DeWalt 9th/12th $115 Samantha Ransom 9th/12th $115 Paige Sterner 9th/12th $115 Tanya Moser 13th/16th $85 Sheila Tyler 13th/16th $85 Harmony Kephart 13th/16th $85 Tina Wolf 13th/16th $85 Tammy Warford

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MASTER MIXED SCOTCH DOUBLES Place Prize Players 1st $2650 Mike Stevens/Cindy Doty 2nd $1860 Regene Lane/Eddie Mataya 3rd $1320 Tommy Sliva/Cindy Sliva 4th $930 Jackson McDonald/Josie Balius 5/6th $660 Chad Bisconer/Barb Thompson, Chris Byers/Stephanie Hefner 7/8th $460 Clayton Foran/Misty Saldana, Paul Marquez/Kirsten Fery 9-12th $330 Bob Olson/Andrea Saenz-Maes, Roger/Julie Goodman Mike Ottoboni/Larenda Davis, Jody DeRoest/Lisa Hanna 13-16th $230 Gord Gervais/Brenda Willis, Kevin Fong/Melissa Rushton Steve Tune/Carissa Biggs, Coryn Walker/Jason Fick OPEN MIXED SCOTCH DOUBLES Place Prize Players 1st $2050 Paul Ward and Christy Morgan 2nd $1570 Chris Rodriguez and Madalina Moreno 3rd $1210 Anthony Wahpat and Dyamelle Castilleja 4th $920 Nikki Crane and Michael Atkisson 5/6th $710 Jake/Sharon Dosch, Chuck Skeen/Tristen Tartaglia 7/8th $540 Kristin Cambas/Jeremy Gradwohl Stan Burklund/Angie Verhoeven 9-12th $420 Tyrel Datwyler/Jordan Oakes, Ty Rich/Sue Eklund Tony Sandoval/Wanda Knigge, Donna Kingsbury/Shawn Self 13-16th $320 Jora Sandhu/Talya Makus, Curtis Roth/Vi Brons Paul Allers/Dani Hinshaw, Linn Petty/Judy Reaves 17-24th $240 Jim Knappenberger/Alfreda Amyotte, Jeramy/Erica Daniels Dave Chavez/Coleen Brower, Sandra Frazier/Richard West Rick Plummer/Kari Stevens, Richard Sanford/Kellie Olson Tara Miller/Steve Ransom, Wesley/Sharon Bledsoe WOMEN’S MASTER TEAMS

Place/Prize/Team/NamePlayers 1st/$2000/Clam Jammers/Liz Cole, Nicole Donisi, Steph Hefner, Sheila Clark 2nd/$1100/Oh No You Didn’t/Sherry Griffin, Kim Jones, Staci Moses, Suwanna Kroll 3rd/$600/Chalk Dirty To Me/Brenda Willis, Tricia Tipton, Phyllis Fernandez, Cassie Francois

4th/$320/NPL Chix/Susan Preston, Melissa Rushton, Barb Thompson, Cindy Doty

MENS A SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $1850 Shaun Kougioulis 2nd $1375 Steve Rijon 3rd $1025 Tony Dunlap 4th $765 Jeremy Gradwohl 5th/6th $570 Paul Ward 5th/6th $570 Jeramy Daniels 7th/8th $425 Nick Buffin 7th/8th $425 Anthony Abisado 9th/12th $315 Chuck Skeen 9th/12th $315 Jose Aquino 9th/12th $315 Slava Min 9th/12th $315 Jake Dosch 13th/16th $235 Lonnie Land 13th/16th $235 Jeff Wells 13th/16th $235 Mike Jensen 13th/16th $235 Brandon Crum

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MEN’S B SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $1450 Ricky Ford 2nd $1075 Joel Rice 3rd $820 Ramon Gutierrez 4th $620 Bob Yutzie 5th/6th $465 Jeff Kvasnicka 5th/6th $465 Cleveland Harris II 7th/8th $345 Justin Rutledge 7th/8th $345 Jon Shimada 9th/12th $260 Troy Clyde 9th/12th $260 Bob Ingram 9th/12th $260 Frank Blazon 9th/12th $260 Bruce Thompson 13th/16th $200 Greg Garcia 13th/16th $200 Bill Norvell 13th/16th $200 Hugh Remington 13th/16th $200 Cody White

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MEN’S GM/MASTER SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $1800 Stan Tourangeau 2nd $1225 Eddie Mataya 3rd $825 Chris Byers 4th $560 Jason Young 5/6th $380 Carl Tibbetts, Randy Baker 7/8th $255 Bob Kolash, Leo Violette III 9-12th $175 Steve Copher, Paul Marquez David Bersenadze, Jason Fick 13-16th $120 Mike Stevens, John Lewis Chad Bisconer Brookman Holmes 17-24th $80 Matt Horner, Clayton Foran Bill Fuller, Michael Jensen Jack Ramsay, Rudy Friesen Greg Brown, Steven Weakly WOMEN’S GM/MASTER SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $1135 Cindy Sliva 2nd $775 Cassie Francois 3rd $530 Kim Jones 4th $365 Regene Lane 5/6th $250 Cindy Doty, Lisa Hanna 7/8th $170 Steph Hefner, Phyllis Fernandez 9-12th $115 Susan Preston, Karla Bagley Tricia Tipton, Christy Barsky 13-16th $80 CarlaJean Beers, Liz Cole Jennifer Acker, Cathy Gamble WOMEN’S A SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $900 Kirsten Fery 2nd $635 Talya Makus 3rd $450 Robin Adams 4th $310 Becki Silva-Smith 5/6th $215 Madalina Moreno, Gloria Villa 7/8th $150 Christine Mounts, Helen Wragg 9-12 $105 Suzanne Mackey, Vi Brons, Christy Morgan, Adrianne Beach 13-16 $70 Barb Sauls, Jenny Sheldon Sharon Dosch, Rachel Keller 17-24 $50 Donna Kingsbury, Cindy Perry, Jessica Aarhaus, Coleen Brower Melissa Reeves, Annie Eagleclaw Bunny Williams, Lora Sharp MEN’S SENIOR SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $650 David Pasciyo 2nd $450 Mike ‘Doc’ Troupe 3rd $325 Dave Thompson 4th $225 Gene Copher 5/6th $150 Bill Lewis, Joe Mendoza 7/8th $100 Joe Parkison, Owen Miller 9-12th $75 Scott Dannen, Jeff Karger Paul Allers, Jerry Blevens WOMEN’S SENIOR SINGLES Place Prize Player 1st $225 Dani Hinshaw 2nd $100 Sandra Frazier 3rd $50 Pam Carraway

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MEN’S/MIXED MASTER TEAMS Place Prize Team/NamePlayers 1st $3600 Last Minute/Randy Baker, Mike Stevens, Jeff Coates, Jackson McDonald, Chad Bisconer 2nd $2300 Frenchy’s Gang/Gary French, Steve Lingelbach, Leroy Dorsey, Jeff Jerome, Todd Speakman 3rd $1500 Soundview B&G/Cody Clark, Jim Conway, Greg Odal,Jeffrey Jimenez, Ben Renteria, Ed Slade 4th $950 Goodshot Dummies/Steve Tune, Ken Dodd, Pete Gates, Justin Lilje, Paul Marquez, Bob Olson 5/6th $500 Blues Brothers/Gary M Burke, Gord Gervais, Jim Masterman, Terry McDonnell, Blair Wentzell Safety First/Dan Glynn, Chadd Olson II, Harold Prine, Carl Tibbetts, Steven Weakly MEN’S/MIXED OPEN TEAMS Place Prize Team NamePlayers 1st $3125 Real Deal/Chad Hartje, Andrew Martin, Ron O’Grady, Mike Randall, Joe Stiner 2nd $2375 Resting Game Face/Alex Blair, Tyrel Datwyler, Clifford Maxson, Eddie Parenti, Evan Smelser 3rd $1850 5 Shades of Grey/Dan Beltran, Al Carver, Ken Cox, Linn Petty, Danny Defenik, Luke Watts 4th $1425 Royal Flush/Dewey Walls, Jason Bennett, Andy Dalbey, Jason Grijalva, AJ Sumner 5-6th $1125 Trophy Husbands/Brian Brosnan, Adam Hodgin, Eric Jorgenson, Jack Tucci, Jeff Wells BCA Censored/Chris Aho, Dave Black, Mike Crenshaw, Mike Derwey, Steve Grimes, Damian Johnson 7/8th $900 The Stroke/Walter ‘Tip’ Aufderheide IV, Jake Bennett, Jake Dosch, Phil Squires Hannah’s/Jack Chace, Jeff Clark, Alex Lugo, Chuck Lyle, Ron Plaja 9-12 $700 Highly Overrated/Jeramy Daniels, Hank Duren, Ryan Huntoon, Sheldon Lebow, Wade Simmons Scoreboard/Bruce Bartlett, Tony Fregoso, Dave Gerkin, Dan Sternberg, Gary Yoder Idle Hour #2/Dan Alexenko II, Paul Bagshaw, Eric Baird, John Jamison, Chad Spencer 5 Horsemen/Mike Barroso, Tony Derrick, Rob Frye, Tony Miranda, Steve Sessums, Cody White 13-16 $525 Right Spot Urban Indians/Reynold Phillip, Andrew James, Tom Trent, Everett Whitright, Dave Williams Players/Bob Anderson, Nick Dizard, Ryan Linker, Scott Walton, Rod Weflen, Ken Wilson Twlight Zone/Arturo Aisruro, Jerald Davenport, Kris Derby, Mitch McDonald, Tony Tipton Dirty Mike & the Boys/Mike Flanigan, Mike Harris, Fabian Jimenez, Mike Troupe, Steven Walde WOMEN’S OPEN TEAMS Place Prize Team/NamePlayers 1st $1560 Hustlin’ Again/Alicia Foster, Talya Makus, Andy Ruth, Tina Tillett 2nd $1140 ICE BREAKERS/Angel Veliz, Dionne Alston, Tammy Culbertson, LaRae Rabe 3rd $840 SuperFreaks/Tricia Heintz, Donna Kingsbury, Ricci Poston, Kimber Sexton, Gayla Tully 4th $620 Stak Attack/Kim Allen, Alfreda Amyotte, Linda Smith, Tracey Cunningham 5/6th $460 Fatal 8 Traction/Schon Hartung, Suzanne Mackey, Tara Miller, Samantha Ransom, Anita Whitehouse Billy’s Bull Pen/Irene Arsenault, Coleen Brower, Sherri Denke, Barb Ekstrom 7/8th $340 Diddlestix/Helen Wragg, Galeena Amyotte, Lizzy Chamberlain, Teri Klyzek Payout Gals Cathy Dunford, Janet Langevin, Melissa Olson, Melissa Reeves MEN’S/MIXED B TEAMS Place Prize Team/NamePlayers 1st $2225 Fargo in October/Greg Garcia, Vic Albertson, Dan, Frank Blazon, Dave Chavez 2nd $1700 Breaking Bad Habits/Doug Lowe, Mike Curran, Alex Haugen, Collin Jensen, Jeff Snyder 3rd $1325 Sic Em on a Chicken/Tony Pruitt, Keith Thompson, Jon Berlt, Dale Eklund, Bryan Powless 4th $1025 Six Man Team/Josh Ethridge, Mark McElwain, Jose Rivera Jr, Eddie Robinson, Scotty Dao 5/6th $800 Refuse To B Second/John Carnes, Ricky Ford, Jason Hecock, Tom Mautino, Cory Nelson Dirty Hookerzzzz Sam Alghabi, Brad Haydu, Dwayne Hrushka, Ken Boyle, Andy Meadows 7/8th $625 Merry Time/Dave Berkman, John Garbutt, Bruce Johnson, Matt Rose, Gordon Scott, Steve Bartlett Chalk Norris/Robert Andrysek, Jeff Beers, Daniel Dudley, Dan Tibbitts, Don Gifford 9-12 $500 One Twenty Seven/Jason Cutler, John Deal, Dave Mackey, Steve Ransom, Ryan Baderman, Shain Byrum Idle Hour #1/John DeLapp, Bob Junkin Jr, Donald ‘Woody’ Lancaster, Bill Trotter, Earl Van Burger Mac’s Cigar/Brandt Ellingburg, Trudy McCaffrey, Bill Norvell, Lenny Rosander, Brett Swarthout The Ballers/Karin Moroz, Dante Sinnott, Jimmy Allen, Sky Figuracion, David Rhoades 13-16 $400 Pool Tang Clan/Gary Irwin, Pilo Cano, Jim Kunze, Rick Plummer, Aaron Tipton, Steve Wilson Border Coyotes/Tab Burke, Manuel Arceo, Jose Luis Sanchez, Juan Carlos, Ron Caines Doc’s Subs/Bill Herman, Mike Lambert, Jeff Leach, Robert Reed, Donald Sheldon Meet’n Place/Jerry Beaver, Kerry Doyle, Warren Hohlfelder, Jeff Melton, Audra Nichols 17-24 $300 Bob’s Billiard Supply/Marc Vanderwal, Bob Brown, Jake Denmark, Matt Denmark, Pat Kyle Diamond Cutters/Lawrence Lucero, Jessica Aarhaus, Sue Carroll, Troy Clyde, Gloria Villa The Yak 5/John Sanders, Mark Woods, Micheal Koch, Ruben Flores, Patrick Gutierrez Club Littlerock/Rocky Fuller, Homero Flores, Doug Gibb, Michael ‘Pinky’ Gillespie, Steve Nowlen Call Your Mama/Dale Novotny, Terry Whiteside, Tim Gragg, Leon Wilson, Rick Wirkkala She Said 18/Jack Daniels, Ean Fellner, Jeff Martini, Mike Pranz, Scott Bean Baby Hands/Steve Hestmark, Chris Hopkins, Pat Riley, Robbie Solomon, Joshua Martin 10 Balls Deep/Mike Hassenpflug, 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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5/6th 7/8th 9-12th

Results and Payouts: $5000 Oscar Dominguez $2500 Josh Roberts $1600 Ernesto Dominguez $1100 Mike Hutcheson $850 Tinsley Johnson, Sal Butera

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Ramin Bakhtiari, Kenny Brisbon

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Mark Estes, Max Eberle, Butch Barba, Frank Almanza

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Dave Datillo, Roger Bordley, Donny Branson, Jose Garcia

Oscar Dominguez

Oscar Dominguez, of California, edged out Josh Roberts of South Carolina in the two-set final at the 2017 Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament March 24-26 at the Rum Runner in Las Vegas, Nev. The annual bar table tournament is known for drawing a strong field of talent, with past winners including Dennis Orcollo and Shane Van Boening. This year the 64-player field included players from Nevada, California, Arizona, Florida, Utah, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, South Carolina and Iowa. Oscar Dominguez went undefeated through the winner’s bracket, taking the hot seat by forfeit of his father, Ernesto Dominguez. Josh Roberts lost in the third round to Frank “The Barber” Almanza of California, 6-3. Roberts then went on a rampage in the loser’s bracket, winning seven matches to capture a spot in the finals. Roberts beat Dominguez by a score of 6-4 in the first set of the true double-elimination tournament, then Dominguez refocused his energy and returned the favor in the final set, winning 6-4. Thanks to Jim Blakeman, Geno Hill, Gordie Hill and the Rum Runner staff for running such a great tournament and to TK Pool Promotions for the free stream. Photos courtesy of Mike Stubbs.

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TERRY STONIER REUNION TOURNAMENT Jointed Cue - Sacramento, CA Congratulations to Vilmos Földes for winning the 48th Annual Terry Stonier Reunion Tournament and taking home $1600.00. Tommy Soria battled admirably and took Vilmos to a second set on the final table and finished in 2nd taking home $1000.00. I’d also like to thank Angel Olivarez and Joe Murphy for running another great tournament! Also, a special thanks to Daniel Busch and Geraldine from POV Pool for streaming the event. Awesome job! 1st $1600 2nd $1000 3rd $600 4th $500 5/6 $300 7/8 $220 9-12 $120 13-16 $80

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What an exciting year at the MONTANA WOMEN’S STATE DOUBLES! We moved to a new location at the Molly Brown in Bozeman. The ladies started showing up Friday night for the pizza party. We threw a Mini Shotgun tournament for the players and the locals and had quite a turnout! Nineteen teams showed up from all over the state to battle it out Saturday and Sunday and had a great time! Congratulations to Julie Deshner for winning the jump cue! I hope to see all your smiling faces here next year and bring your friends! The final results are : 1st $350 Janet Dunks/Sky Cristadora 2nd $250 Amanda Smith/Misty Debates 3rd $200 Michelle Moody-Garcia/Dori La Fleur 4th $150 Sunshine Ross/Loreen Carey 5/6th $60 Erica Wise/Christine McDonald, Alta Boggs/Terri Jaap 7/8th $50 Brenda Rorisk/Lynette Ritterbush, Barba Tuss/Molly Jones

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JACK & JILL OPEN BOB ZACK TOPS

SAM’S 10-BALL Bob Zack

Melyssa Wells-Chastein, Carissa Biggs, Randy Baker, Steve Lingelbach Kolby’s Restaurant Bar & Billiards in Keiser, Oregon hosted an Open Jack & Jill Scotch Doubles 8-Ball Tournament March 25, 2017. Seven tough and talented teams showed up to face off for the first place prize money. 1st $430 Randy Baker and Melyssa Wells-Chastein 2nd $290 Steve and Carissa Lingelbach 3rd $155 Matt Wells and Anna Busley

by: Carissa Biggs, TD On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Sam’s Hollywood Billiards welcomed 30 players for their $300 added monthly 10-Ball tournament. Paul Marquez met Mitch McDonald at the winner’s side point match while Bob Zack stormed his way through the backside after an early loss to Ben Merton. Paul played well in all his matches and captured the hot seat over Mitch. Bob was waiting for Mitch on the other side and would not be denied, leaving Mitch to settle on 3rd. In the true double elimination finals, Bob Zack put on the show of a lifetime, keeping Paul in his chair nearly the entirety of both sets to take 1st place. The next tournament will be on April 30, 2017 at 1pm. Sam’s also is excited to announce a $10,000 added, 64-person invitational scheduled to kick off the West Coast Swing on June Paul Marquez 23-24, 2017. For more information, please contact Carissa Biggs at 502-7406683.

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Welcome to the 2017 Season On behalf of The West Coast Women’s Tour committee, we welcome everyone to our 2017 season. We are excited to have all of our 2016 sponsors back. Here is the schedule for this year: May 27-28, 2017  June 17-18, 2017  August 19-20, 2017  September 16-17, 2017  October 21-22, 2017  November 18-19, 2017  December 16-17, 2017  January 20-21, 2018  February 10-11, 2018 

Kick-off Event at Hard Times, Sacramento Buffalo Billiards, Petaluma Diamond Billiards, Fresno The Broken Rack, Emeryville Diamond Billiards, Modesto Family Billiards, San Francisco Edgie’s Billiards, Milpitas Billiard Palacade, San Francisco Hard Times, Sacramento

We would like to thank the  members of the committee; Kevin Yi, Eleanor Callado, Emilyn Callado, and Cony Mendoza. We also want to extend our appreciation for those that have in the past offered their help one way or another. Thank you to Tony Kalamdaryan, President of Tiger Products for his support for many years. Thanks to Eric Harada for being our referee and rules coordinator since 2012, to Annette Wood for the many fliers during the past decade, and we also welcome Ryan Logdson for designing this year’s flier. We have a few changes in our sponsorship. We will maintain our TWCWT acronym, which will now stand for The West Coast Womens’ Tour, the original name when our founder, Julie Hunter, ran it. The North American Pool Tour Division II (NAPT) hosted a successful event this past February 26, 2017 @ Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento. Players from ten tours across the U.S. and Canada gathered for this tournament.  We are happy to report that out of our 11 participants, 7 made it to the top 32. At the end of the competition, the final standings were Revelina Um and Leslie Bernardi finishing 9-12th, and Khanh Ngo at 1316th. Special Mention to our Tournament Director, Kevin Yi, who represented us during the planning of the event. Cony Mendoza, our Sponsor coordinator,

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Nubbins Memorial February Monthly Tournament

On February 24-25, 2017, the February Andy Cloth Nubbins Memorial Monthly Pool Tournament in Saratoga, WY was held at Duke’s Bar & Grill. Wyoming players from Cheyenne to Rawlins to Saratoga clashed for the 8-ball title. The eventual champion, Anthony Lucero of Rawlins, WY, went through the field undefeated en route to a 1st place finish that included tough wins over former Wyoming State champion, BJ Spencer, TK Skraastad, Ross Lovato and two big wins over Ricardo Martinez! Tournament runner up honors went to Ricardo Martinez of Rawlins, WY who shot strong all weekend. Local Rawlins player, Monte Thayer, had another strong presence during the weekend and finished up in the 3rd place spot.

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These tournaments continue each month with $1,000 added to each tournament and only a $30 entry fee which gets paid back to the players 100%. The fact that there are no green fees or quarters required and $49 per night motel rooms makes this tournament a must for all rocky mountain regional players or those just passing through the area! For more information on these tournaments call Monte Thayer at (307)7101447. The Nubbins Memorial Pool Tournaments are sponsored by Andy Billiard Cloth, Shively Hardware, Koobey 1311, Sagebrush Amusements, Cowboy Saloon, Buckhorn Bar, Duke’s Bar & Grill, Riviera Lodge, Wreck-a-Mend Collision Center and the Carbon County Visitor’s Council.

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PRESS RELEASE Team USA standings after four events WITH FOUR events played in the 15 event series to determine the top ten players eligible for Team USA, it is veteran and former Mosconi MVP Dennis Hatch who heads the list, having pointed at two of the four events played. Behind him is another former MVP in Rodney Morris, while other former Mosconi players Shane Van Boening, Johnny Archer, Oscar

2017 Mosconi Cup Dominguez and Justin Hall help fill out the top ten spots. This year it’s about finishing in the top ten once the 15th and final event has been played out in early September. That’s because US Team Captain Johan Ruijsink will be picking his team from the top ten finishing players. To give himself some leeway in this make or break year for Team America, Ruijsink will be selecting four players from the top ten plus another whose final ranking won’t be of significance. After no events in February and most of March, the ranking calendar springs into action on 30 March as the Professional Players Championship gets underway at the Super Billiards Expo. It is a Grade One event with points ranging from 50 for the winner down to 5 for a top 32 finish.

REMAINING MOSCONI CUP POINTS EVENTS

World Pool Series Event 2 World Pool Series Challenge Event 2 World Pool Series Event 3 World Pool Series Challenge Event 3 US Open 10 Ball US Open 8 Ball Chuck Markulis Memorial Turning Stone Classic II Texas Open 9-ball Championships Houston 9-Ball Open

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

LOCATION The Pocket 128th Billiards Fast Eddy’s Diamond Billiards Jointed Cue Family Billiards Jointed Cue Silver Dollar Buffalo Billiards Buffalo Billiards Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Latitude 84 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 BZ’s Sport Bar 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

PHONE (208) 375-2474 (425) 322-3729 (831) 462-1882 559-283-0000 (916) 456-3243 (415) 931-1115 (916) 456-3243 (541) 888-5634 (707) 794-7338 (707) 794-7338 (253) 383-3301 (253) 531-5154 (208) 375-2474 (209) 577-1447 (415) 931-1115 (509) 633-2000 (707) 664-8040 (707) 794-7338 (541) 888-5634 (541) 779-6111 (503) 362-3600 (253) 584-1919 (360) 665-4105 (253) 531-5154 (253) 383-3301 (206) 243-6018 (253) 584-1919 (209) 577-1447 (503) 362-3600 (707) 794-7338 (253) 564-9454 (253) 383-3301 (425) 322-3729 (208) 476-0243 (208) 232-9347 (541) 888-5634 (503) 285-7177 (503) 362-3600 (406) 209-4124

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Open 8-Ball WorldPPA 9-Ball 9-Ball Handdicapped 9-Ball B 9-Ball Handicap 9-Ball Open Players Choice 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D 8-Ball Handicap 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE 9-Ball 9-Ball Open 8-Ball Bar Table R2-DE 9-Ball Handicap 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball 8-Ball - BCA Rules 9-Ball Handicapped 9-Ball BCA rules 8-Ball Open Poker 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE 8-Ball Call Pocket - BIH 8-Ball BCA rules 8-Ball Bar Table 8-Ball Handicapped 9-Ball 10-Ball 8-Ball 10-Ball 8-Ball Ball-in-hand 8/9 Ball Alternating Players Choice 8-Ball - Race 2/1 Players Choice Outlaw Pool Tournament

ENTRY $5 $5 + $2 g.f. $12/$25 $10 $10 $20 $5-$15 $5 $5 $5 $5+3 g.f. $5+$3 g.f. $5 $10 $20 $5 $11 $10 $5 $5 $5+$5 g.f. $5 $3 Call $5+3 g.f. $5 $5 $10 $5+$5 g.f. $15/10/5 $5 $5 $10 + $5 g.f. $5 $5 $5 $3 M/$2 W $10 (incl g.f.) $10

ADDED TIME $$$ 8:00PM House matches 7:30PM $100 (last Mon) 8:00PM Call 7:00PM Call 8:00PM Call 7:00PM $50 8:00PM Call 7:30PM Matching 7:30PM Matching 7:30PM 100% 7:30PM Call 8:00PM $$$ 8:00PM $3/player 7:00PM Call 7:00PM Matching 8:00PM Break Pot 8:00PM Call 7:30PM $$$ w/9+ 7:30PM $3/player 6:30PM $$$ 6:30PM 100% 7:00PM Meat Shoot 7:00PM Call 6 & 9PM 100% 7:30PM Match to $100 7:00PM 100% 7:00PM $3/player 7:00PM $$$ 6:30PM Call 2:00PM 100% 7:30PM 100% 1:00PM $100 w/16 1PM $100 min pot 1:00PM Matching 8:00PM Call 5:00PM $100 6:00PM $$$ 6:30PM Call 6:00PM

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Tournament Trail

Call First - All Tournaments are subject to change without notice

DATE

CITY

LOCATION

PHONE

EVENT / RULES

ENTRY

ADDED

TIME

Mar 31-Apr2 Saratoga, WY

Platte Valley Comm. Ctr (see ad Mar) 307-710-1447

10th WY Open-10 Ball Sngl Elim Varies

$1,000

7PM

Apr 1-Apr 2

Saratoga, WY

Platte Valley Comm. Ctr (see ad Mar) 307-710-1447

10th WY Open-Saratoga DE

Varies

$3,000

9AM

Apr 2

Saratoga, WY

Platte Valley Comm. Ctr (see ad Mar) 307-710-1447

10th WY Open-8-Ball Sngl Elim

Varies

$2,000

10AM

Apr 1-2

Twin Falls, ID

The Pocket (see ad p24) 208-733-9676 16th Rack & Crackem 8-Ball-Men $50+$10 g.f.

$1,000 w/ff

9AM

Apr 1-2

Twin Falls, ID

The Pocket (see ad p24) 208-733-9676 16th Rack & Crackem 8-Ball-Wmn $30+$10 g.f.

$500 w/32

9AM

Apr 1

Vaughn, MT

Silver Spur (see ad p30)

406-964-1003 9-Ball

Call

Call

Call

Apr 2

Portland, OR

Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9)

503-282-8266

$15

Call

11AM

Apr 6-9

Bozeman, MT

Golden Route (see ad p26) 406-586-9526 VNEA League Championship @ Cats Call

Call

Call

Apr 7-9

Electric City, WA

Banks Lake Pub (see ad p33) 509-633-2000 14th Vern Michael Mix Dbls-Limit 64 $20/stick

$1,000 Guar

7PM

Apr 15

Keizer, OR

Kolby’s (see ad p10)

503-393-POOL 10-Ball - A’s & Under

$25 incl g.f.

$300

9:30AM

Apr 20-23

Billings, MT

MCMOA (see ad p4)

406-208-3506

VNEA 4 Person Teams

$200

Call

6PM

Apr 22-23

Billings, MT

MCMOA (see ad p4)

406-208-3506

37th VNEA Singles-Men’s

$50

Call

8AM

Apr 22-23

Billings, MT

MCMOA (see ad p4)

406-208-3506

VNEA Singles-Women’s

$50

Call

8AM

Apr 21-22

Saratoga, WY

Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p17) 307-710-1447

Nubbins Memorial-8-Ball

$30

$1,000

Call

Apr 22

Lincoln, MT

Wilderness Bar (see ad p30)

406-362-9200

8-Ball Singles

Call

Call

Call

Apr 29

Keizer, OR

Kolby’s (see ad p10)

503-393-POOL 10-Ball B’s & Under

$20 incl g.f.

$300

9:30AM

Apr 29

Portland, OR

Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9)

503-740-6683 10-Ball

$10/$15Masters $300

1PM

Apr 29-30

Everett, WA

128th Billiards (see ad p9)

425-322-3729

10-Ball Open Limit 32

$35+$10 g.f.

$500 w/32

9AM

May 7

Portland, OR

Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9)

503-282-8266

Straight Pool

$15

Call

11AM

May 13

Salem, OR

Cue Ball (see ad p9)

503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10

$200

10AM

May 19-20

Saratoga, WY

Duke’s Bar & Grill (see ad p17) 307-710-1447

Nubbins Memorial-Saratoga

$30

$500

Call

May 19-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Men’s Master Singles

$80 Max 64

$4,000 total

1PM

May 19-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Men’s A Singles

$70 Max 64

1PM

May 19-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Men’s B Singles

$60 Max 64

1PM

May 19-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Women’s Master Singles

$80 Max 64

1PM

May 19-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Women’s Open Singles

$70 Max 64

1PM

May 20-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Sc Dbls (Fargo rating 1200+) $100 Max 64

1PM

May 20-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Sc Dbls (Fargo 1000-1199)

1PM

May 20-21

Coos Bay, OR

Mill Casino (see ad p24)

541-404-0453

8-Ball Sc Dbls (Fargo 999 & below)

$100 Max 64

1PM

May 27

Portland, OR

Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9)

503-740-6683 10-Ball

$10/$15Masters $300

1PM

May 27-28

Sacramento, CA

TWCWT (see ad p29)

510-861-0829

8-Ball & 9-Ball

$40

Call

Call

Jun 4

Portland, OR

Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9)

503-282-8266

Straight Pool

$15

Call

11AM

Jun 17-18

Petaluma, CA

TWCWT (see ad p29)

510-861-0829

9-Ball at Buffalo Billiards

$30+Mem.

Call

Call

Jun 23-25

Portland, OR

Sam’s Billiards (see ad p29)

503-740-6683

West Coast Swing Kick-off

$225

$10,000

10AM

Jul 19-29

Las Vegas, NV

CSI (see ad p4)

702-719-7665

8-Ball, 9-Ball, SD, Teams

Varies

Call

Jul 29

Portland, OR

Sam’s Billiards (see ad p9)

503-740-6683 10-Ball

Straight Pool

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