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UNDEFEATED at NWPA

Liz Cole went undefeated to win the third stop on the Northwest Women’s Pool Association Tour, held on the weekend of May 18-19. The victory also qualified the winner for the Ultimate 10-Ball Championships in Tunica, MS next month, but because Cole was already qualified, that slot went to Shelby Locati, who’d won three on the loss side to meet her in the finals. The $1,000-added event drew 23 entrants to Ballad Town Billiards in Forest Grove, OR, with selected matches streamed live by Rail2Rail Productions via Ustream. Cole opened her five-match winning campaign by giving up only two racks in her first two matches; one each toStacy Eilts and Mary

Hopkin. Then, among the winners’ side final four, she met up with Tamre Rogers, who battled her to double hill, before giving way. Joining Cole in the hot seat match was Suzanne Smith, who’d gotten by Rebecca Slyter, Robin Adams, and Sharon Bledsoe, before meeting and defeating Locati in the other winners’ side semifinal 6-3. Cole moved into the hot seat with a 6-2 win over Smith and waited for what turned out to be the return of Locati. Locati moved west and picked up Hopkin, who’d defeated Alisha Rogers and Cristy Barsky, both 6-4. Rogers drew Andrena Brown, who’d defeated Tammy Holcomb 6-2 and shut out Elaine Eberly. Rogers eliminated Brown 6-4 and

in the quarterfinals, faced Locati, who just did survive a double hill match against Hopkin. Locati picked up her second straight, double hill win, ending Rogers’ bid in the quarterfinals, and then shut out Smith in the semifinals. In the single race-to-9 finals that followed, Cole and Locati traded racks back and forth, right from the start. They did so right through to double hill. Knotted at seven games apiece, Cole missed an easy shot on the 9-ball, and Locati reached the hill first. Cole missed an easy shot on the 4-ball in the next rack, but Locati couldn’t take advantage. Cole finished to knot things at double hill and then won the final game to claim the event title.

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Becky Mowdy, Judy Griffith, Denice White, Brandy Phillips This year the Pacific ACS players were blown by the winds, Chinook Winds Casino and Resort. All pool players in the Northwest are familiar with this long time champion venue for pool tournaments. The experienced, skilled, friendly and responsive staff making events there a great experience for the players no matter where they are in the facility and we thank them for hosting our regional championship this year. We were also blessed with some fantastic

spring weather on the coast with temperatures up to 88 degrees for those not sweating it out on the tables. A special thanks to Karen Brown of Harrisburg OR who managed the boards for us during the event. Advanced Scotch found 5 teams in a round robin ending with Jason Marcoulier and Jan Aust of Bend OR tied with Steve Peterson and Deb McDonald tied with 21 wins. But Steve and Deb had bested them when they played giving them the win

with Paul Marquez and Becky Mowdy out of the money with 20 wins. In the open scotch it came down to Jay Collins and Connie Carlson winning the point race by defeating George Colon and Denise White. But Joe Parkinson and Eunice Sleight wanted another shot at Jay and Connie to avenge an earlier loss and bested George and Denice setting up the rematch. Jay and Connie ended that dream by taking the first finals match. Thursday means 9 ball singles. Four advanced women [Jan Aust, Kathi Giles, Karla Bagley and Becky Mowdy] played a round robin with Becky taking first and Kathi second. Seven advanced men played with Marlon Oliveras

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taking the point and Aaron White coming back from the point race on fire to take the first final and continued on to win the event. The women’s open was a spirited contest with mother and daughter playing for the point; Niki Phillipi vs Naomi Cannard. Naomi bested her mother who ran into Connie Carlson in the semi. Connie gave it her best but Naomi came to win in her return to competitive pool now that her second child has settled in at home. The men’s open 9 ball found Joe Evinger and Eddie Chastain playing for the point and Joe winning the battle. That put Eddie against Doug McMullin in the semi but Eddie was not going to get a shot at Joe again. Doug


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took control and beat Joe in the first round and at about 2 am Doug finished the match. Eightball singles saw Carol Edwards join the other Advanced women in a round robin finding Becky Mowdy winning against all with Jan Aust getting her only loss to Becky to take second. The Advance men, with 9 in the bracket, found Steve Peterson and Paul Marquez playing for the point and Steve being sent to the semi. Steve found himself facing Aaron White who had been sent to the B side by Steve in the first round. Aaron had warmed up since the morning match and moved on to Paul besting him in the first set. Aaron continued his red hot streak into the next round when Paul through in the towel. The women’s 8 ball found Eva Hill and Denice White playing for the point and Eva sent Denice to the semi against Becky Way. Becky had lost her first round match and worked

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her way all the way to the finals but could not deny Eva the win. In the men’s open 8 ball the tone had been set early by Jay Collins as he was upset by a situation that had occurred the day before when he forfeited out of the Open Men’s 9 ball. Rumors flew that he did that to stay an open player. The truth was much different but sometimes pool players are quick to jump to conclusions, especially about players who are strong players that have been rated as an Advance or Master player in the past. So Jay set out to make a statement on the table that he doesn’t quit without a good reason. Jay did just that but it was not an easy situation especially when he got to the point race. Brian Knapp had his own plan and early on he had the advantage. The match went long and Jay had

Becky Mowdy

to dig himself out of a hole by winning three in a row but took the point. This was an indication of things to come. Brian beat Bill Fuller in the semi to face Jay again winning the first round of the finals. That put the two even with one loss each. Did I mention all these matches went long. Well after 5 hours of play and two hill-hill finals matches Jay and Bill settled the battle at 5 am. Jay left to be at Portland Meadows by 8 to watch the Kentucky Derby with his family. An event organized by his father in law, the man he was helping move around during a slot tournament on the casino floor the night before. Saturday was a beautiful sunny morning on the beach and players came in energized to play. The point race was between Olympia’s Lost Boys and Longview’s Rodents of the Night who won a hard fought battle. This set up the semi match between the Lost Boys and Honey Badgers who had been put on the B side by the Rodents. The Honey Badgers and the Boys battled hard but found the Badgers getting a shot at revenge on the Rodents and the Badgers got it taking the finals on Sunday. The women’s teams point race was between Couv Cougs and Knaw Kaw Min with the Cougs being sent to the B side. Where the Cet-N-R-Waze team took revenge on the Cougs sending them to the B side. The final Sunday morning zigzagged with Knaw taking the win and the event.

Eva Hill

RESULTS Scotch Advanced 1st Steve Peterson/Deb McDonald $500 2nd Jason Marcoulier/Jan Aust $230

Advanced Women’s 9 Ball 1st Becky Mowdy 2nd Jan Aust

Scotch Open 1st Jay Collins/Connie Carlson $450 2nd Joe Parkinson/Eunice Sleight $270 3rd George Colon /Denise White $170 4th Hodgin/Way

Open Men’s 8 Ball 1st Jay Collins $480 2nd Brian Knapp $300 3rd Bill Fuller $200 4th Bill Lewis $120 5th/6th Ed Chastain & Aaron Curti $90 7th/8th Chuck Thompson & Wes Hough $70 th th 9 – 12 Joe Evinger $50 Doug Hayes Ron Cook Paul Johnson

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Sharking? their shots and yourIS shot,NO some are mere friendly suggestions, friendly talk - when THE SKY LIMIT does it get to be devious? (This is an experience that happened to me.) I was

Talking to opponents, joking with opponents while they are playing or in between participating in a Saturday tournament, when I beat a particular player, during that match I had not noticed his presence or the presence of one of his close friends, his buddy, comrade, cohort. It was in the second match when he came back through the losers bracket to play me that I noticed this cohort once again hanging around the table. I noticed when I was down stroking on a long shot and I was up against the rail, this person walked in front of my view, stopped, turned around and left the picture. If I was playing intelligent or even smart pool I would have gotten up, chalked my cue, re-aimed, did all the things that I had to do to get into position, but I didn’t. That’s my fault! Yet again, sharking - does it come in pairs? Do people work with somebody else to perhaps win a match or help their friend. An interesting question. I pondered this on the way home and have been thinking about it ever since. Believe me, no excuse, it was my fault that I didn’t get up and start again. Yet it made me think,

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how many other times, did they work together? Actually do they team up? So it got me thinking about different tournaments that I’ve seen both of them in. Mind you, the talent of either one of them is excellent, but that is not the point. It did get me thinking though, do they team up? Maybe, but I did go back over in my mind, different tournaments that they played in and being friends you don’t really notice an irregularity with the fact that they are usually always together, when one is playing a match and the other isn’t. So it would for an untrained eye perhaps go by the wayside. Yeah, maybe so, maybe this is a vague attempt to justify my losing when he came back and met me in the losers bracket. Perhaps, but it does raise a curious question. Do good players team up to try to shark other players that their friends are playing in a match? I’ve also noticed the other going to his friends match and talking, joking, having a conversation or trying to with the opponent of his friend. Perhaps a more subtle sharking because if you’re involved in a conversation or even thinking about a conversation, you are not concentrating on the game and concentration is the most important part of your game. What gives me further credence to this theory on these two particular pool players is that when they have met each other in a final of tournaments, whether coming out of the losers bracket or through the winners, they really don’t play each other. They split the pot. If the pot is $300 to the winner and $200 to the second place, they will split the $500. I have also seen them shoot in the finals one handed, bank eight when it wasn’t or double bank as you would be goofing around with your friend on a practice day. Curious, if nothing else, it does make you wonder. You be the judge. All I know is I’m going to watch a little closer, observe and see if it does seem to work that way. All this could be part of my fertile imagination or maybe not.

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“The“The Viper” Viper” An Interview by:

An Interview with Top Ranked American Player Vivian Villarreal AKA “The Texas Tornado”

Melissa Little

Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is currently the housepro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com Read more articles by Melissa Little at www.onthebreaknews.com

This month I am introducing you to one of the best players on the planet and she was born right here in the heart of Texas.  The Interview: VIPER: Where were you born? TORNADO: San Antonio, Texas VIPER: Do you have siblings? TORNADO: I have 2 half brothers and a half sister. I’m an only child. VIPER: What did your parents think of your pool career? TORNADO: My mom at first wasn’t too happy with it, but eventually she realized I had talent. Both my parents felt I could be number #1 in the world. Which they were both so right!  VIPER: When you were younger, who did you look up to? TORNADO: I looked up to my father. He passed away May 4th, 2008 and it completely changed my life, I miss him dearly and there is not one day that goes by that I don’t think of him. VIPER: In your opinion, what parts of the world produce the best players? TORNADO: China VIPER: Why? TORNADO: They are so discipline with their athletes.  They recruit them from a very young age to where all they do is study in school and practice constantly.  Unbelievable athletes!  Why

do you think they do so well in the Olympics? VIPER: Who’s your favorite female pool player? TORNADO: Lol well I have to say me!! I don’t have one. VIPER: Where and when did you first start playing pool? TORNADO: At Mollie’s Lounge in San Antonio, TX.  It was my grandmother’s bar.  I started hitting the balls at the age of 8 years old, standing on a milk carton. Back in the day, my dad was a really good pool player and when I was 8-years old he began to teach me. VIPER: What are your biggest accomplishments in the sport of billiards? TORNADO: My goal was to be #1 in the world and I stayed there for about 5 years. Also, when I won the ESPN World Championships.  VIPER: Do you currently have any sponsors? TORNADO: My sponsors are “The Coaster Fan” and soon I will announce additional information. VIPER: Did you ever play in a pool league? TORNADO: No I never played in any league. (Viper continued on page 37)

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The Nine Ball Break

The Monk

Tim Miller

You will have trouble with your break if you don’t have a tight rack. The feedback you receive from the break will not be reliable and you may blame it on the table, damp conditions, cloth or your stroke when in fact your opponent is giving you a sack rack.

hand, I look for the three foul rule. I have been good at that and it causes a lot of frustration on your opponent. I have been known to win on three fouls even when I had a run able rack. I also I look to see if I send the one ball into the nine ball and play a safe at the same time.

When I play a sack racker I break safe. I don’t make a ball on the break. He is left with no shot at all. With this break I use a little force follow to drive the cue ball through the rack. The force follow causes the cue ball to go down table and rest on the bottom rail. The one ball goes to the top rail.

Nine ball is not a break and run game. I have recovered from my “run and gun” days. I use to go for short racks and did quite well. It was a fun way to play. Now, I try to dominate my opponent and leave him a kick shot or the rack when I am finished. The domination game takes intelligence. You need to read the table and know when to duck. If you miss position, don’t try to hang on as a shot maker to finish your run. Play a defensive shot.

I won a race eleven to three and did not make one ball on the break. My opponent felt he was better than me and when I reminded him I have a hard time running racks he wanted to play another match which I won eleven to five. He wanted to double up which was fine with me. I won that race eleven to one. In all the games I won (33) I did not run one rack.

I have found better dividends if I leave my opponent a long tough shot. They will go for the tough shot. A long cut shot is very hard to make and there is little chance to control the cue ball. If he misses the shot, he normally leaves it hanging. When you turn the cue ball lose there are six pockets waiting for it.

I insist on the magic rack. That way we both have an honest rack. I use an above center hit, shooting a little down on the ball, and with my stroke, I feel like I am delivering a slight draw. This action forces the wing ball into the corner pocket.

After the opening break, if I push the cue ball, I will push it so he has a long tough shot. I never push it so he has an easy safe to play on me.

If the wing ball hits the bottom rail I have used to much draw. If it hits above the corner pocket I used to much punch. You have to develop the ability to deliver the exact stroke.

Nine ball is about strategy. You will win more games when you play smart. If you find yourself winning by lop sided scores you are playing strong and not missing shots. You are “in the game”.

When I use that slight draw the one ball hits on the lower side of the side pocket and comes out near the middle. I don’t want to make the one ball. This is the only ball I can control so I want it to remain on the table.

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If I am playing a match I determine if this is a run able table following the break. If I see any trouble I will try to play safe on the one. It is best to play safe while you have lots of balls on the table. If I lock him up and get ball in

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COLUMNIST

Bob Jewett

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Pure Follow Can you avoid unwanted side spin when playing shots with power? Lots of players have trouble with this kind of shot. It’s easy enough to hit the cue ball in the center when playing softly, but turn up the speed and elbows start moving and hands start swerving. Here is a shot to test if you have this problem and that will provide good practice if you do. In Shot 1 is a fairly common situation where you need to follow a fairly long distance from a nearly full hit on the object ball. If you get just a little side spin on the cue ball, that spin is multiplied when the cue ball hits the object ball. Well, the actual RPMs are not increased, but with forward speed just from the top spin and most of the side spin remaining on the ball, the spin/speed ratio is greatly increased and any small error at ball-to-tip contact is magnified after ball-ball impact. Your goal is to follow down to the end rail and back. Try to get back at least as far as where the cue ball starts. Most important is to notice whether the cue ball takes an angle off the cushion. It should arrive without any side spin so that it makes a nice “angle in equals angle out” bounce. If you have trouble with the shot as shown, shorten it by moving both balls towards the pocket. Be sure to keep a fairly short distance between the cue ball and the object ball -- that keeps the table from helping you by putting follow on the cue ball with friction. Gradually work up your distance. Set a specific “purity” goal for yourself in terms of how much the cue ball can spin off-line at the cushion. In Shot 2 is an extension of the idea. When shooting a nearly straight in shot as shown, my tendency is to use running English -- in this case left -- to help the cue ball run around the two cushions. Usually that helps you get out of the corner better if you need to take the cue ball up the table. Instead, try the shot without any side spin. You should have just enough angle to contact the second cushion near the pocket. With the shot shown, you should be able to come back without the angle widening much on the second cushion. This shot requires careful aim to hit near the pocket but not on part of the corner of the pocket. When you feel fairly comfortable with no side spin, try a

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little reverse on the shot. In this case, that would be a little right English with good top spin. See if you can follow the same path as before to the second cushion but with a little “hold-up”, the cue ball should straighten up off the second rail and go towards A. Just a little bit will do it. If you are like me, you have more fun spinning the cue ball than playing the simple shot. Practice the simple way for when the win is more important than the fun.


JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE

Kody Kelly FULL NAME: Kody Kelly HOME TOWN: Middleburg, Florida BIRTH DATE: 11/11/99 GRADE: 6th GPA: 3 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Math POOL ROOM(S) WHERE YOU PLAY: Plays at Park Avenue Billiards WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? J Pechauer AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 2 LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Right TITLES / HIGHEST FINISHES: NE Florida State Champ 2 years in a row Won a Mini tournament in TAP national tournament in South Carolina MOST MEMORABLE POOL MOMENT: Beating my dad in a local tournament and finishing in the money SPONSORS: J Pechauer and 89billiardz.com HOBBIES: Playing football with my friends FAVORITE POOL GAME: 9 Ball FAVORITE POOL PLAYER: Jasmin Ouschan FAVORITE FOOD: Sloppy Joes FICTIONAL HERO: Captain America REAL WORLD HERO: My Dad

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FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Winning a mini tournament in South Carolina GOALS (personal and/or career): To be a Pro Billiards Player and Own a Pool Hall

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In Memory Of Cole Dickson

Yesterday, I wanted to wait until it was public knowledge. Today I want to celebrate my friend with my favorite Cole Dickson pool story. I always thought that being a legend meant that you had been washed up, as if he didn’t play the game any longer, so it used to upset me when they would call him a pool legend. My husband and I travel to Vegas for our National BCA pool tourney. One night we were ...sitting in a pool room. A gambling hall if you will. Just watching about ten of these old hustlers. It was like a smoky scene straight from ‘The Color of Money’. I have to admit, it is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. A conversation about Cole came up and I was giggling to myself because they were talking about my friend and I got to listen. Now grant you, these were men from all over the country so I suddenly got a feeling like I was friends with a shining star. I always knew Cole was renown, but this was different for me. I kept thinking if they say anything bad about him, I am going to get mad because let’s be honest, he did lose his cool every once in a while. But, they didn’t. They said nothing but nice things. They used words such

as ‘greatest pool player ever’ and ‘the most heart in pool’. ‘He once went for a whole year without losing a game’ one of them spouted with his gruff voice. ‘That guy would never quit’, they said. One said “I wish Cole was here to play some One Pocket!” The others would pipe off and say ‘If he were, your wallet would be lighter’. They went on with their own Cole Dickson stories using words like ‘famous, legendary’ and ‘went home broke!’ The room filled with laughter. It was then that the word ‘legend’ took on a whole new meaning for me. To be a pool legend one must touch many lives, for many years with your skill and knowledge. To be legendary in the game of pool means that people will be telling pool stories about you in every random pool hall in every random city for years to come. I wish I could hear them all. There are very few who will ever reach ‘legend status’. For us, Cole, we are grateful for the time we got to spend with you. We will miss you. ~Jim and Dina Winter

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Stan Tourangeau and Nick Krueger split the finale of the breast cancer fundraiser open 9-ball tournament held in Spokane Wash, each player walking a way with $567.50 each. Benefit event organizer Suzanne Smith won the ladies 8-ball tournament sweeping through the bracket uncontested. The side-by-side tournaments held May 4 and 5 at Black Diamond Ale House, raised $1,050 for breast cancer research. Smith set a goal for herself to raise $5,000 through a series on benefit pool tournaments, which started at Malarkey’s in Tacoma, Wash., last February. For Smith, the reason for the benefit tournament hits close to home. Not only did she have a close family member diagnosed, but a co-worker of Smith’s died of breast cancer last year, leaving three young children behind. According to Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation website, this particular type of breast cancer is very aggressive. It develops in the milk-producing lobule or “ducts” leaving the breast swollen and reddened and is usually stage III or IV by the time it’s detected. Women whose age is mid to late 50s are most likely affected. Obese women are at an even higher risk. The American Breast Cancer Society estimates that over 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. In the 9-ball open, Krueger coasted through the 49-player, open tournament 7-4, 7-2, 7-3, 7-2, before getting a workout from the guy he gave a ride to the

tournament, Tourangeau, who lost 7-6. Krueger’s hot shooting continued as he routed John Kastris 7-1 to win the driver’s seat. Freshly deposited in the oneloss bracket at Krueger’s hands, Tourangeau, had to go hill-hill again with Kastris to get another shot at Krueger for the tournament finale. By then, it was late Sunday afternoon, both shooters were fatigued and still had a long drive to western Canada so they mutually decided to split the top two places. Newcomer Sean Lewis made the best comeback performance of the weekend when he lost his second match against Kastris, 7-4. Lewis posted wins of 5-1, 5-3, 5-4 against Miguel Morfin, 5-4 against Damian Pongpanik, 7-6 against Wayne Boyd and 7-5 against Scott Chandler before finally being eliminated 7-3 by Tourangeau. The ladies had an 8-ball tournament also, drawing several shooters from the Northwest Women’s Pool Association pro tour. Smith didn’t get any serious competition until the match for the driver’s seat, she went hill-hill against another newcomer, Lisa Byrd, but won 5-4. In the one-loss bracket, Byrd jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then cooled off in a two-hour marathon match against Stacy Eilts, who eventually won 5-2. Unfazed by the downtime, Smith routed Eilts 5-0 in the finale. Smith and Sheila Clark were also the top lady finishers in the open 9-ball tournament taking home an extra $40. Damsel in Distress and Hustlin co-sponsored the tournament and provided gifts for the drawings held during the tournament action.

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Nick Kreuger Stan Tourangeau John Kastris Sterling “Smiley” Carter Jim Boyd, Sean Lewis Danny Quince, Scott Chandler Clay Belvour, Eddie Carrido, Joe Horner, Wayne Boyd

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Suzanne Smith Stacy Eilts Lisa Byrd

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TABLE TALK

BY: MICHAEL GLASS

Fundamentals

You hear players talk about them all of the time, usually when helping a player who has a horrendous bridge, stands up during their shots, or has some other glaring problem. If they are receptive to suggestions, there is no shortage of players willing to give them a few pointers. Sometimes, you’ll hear a pro talk about needing to “work on their fundamentals.” It’s hard to believe when you see a player like Shane Van Boening or Jasmin Ouschan make shot after shot, perfect and precise, that they need to work on the basics. But they do. We all do. Recently, I watched a One-Pocket match on YouTube between Scott Frost and Tommy Tokoph; two very accomplished players. I decided to see if these phenomenal players made any fundamental mistakes: did they ever drop their elbow? Did they stay down on their shots? Did they follow through? What I discovered was rather interesting, and clearly illustrates the need to occasionally go back to the drawing board and work on your basic skills, no matter how good you are. Go ahead and load up the video on your favorite device, and follow along if you like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P5GRB5Jf5M Overall, Scott Frost seemed to have the best fundamentals. He stays down on his shots, usually until the ball drops into the pocket. Sometimes he has to get out of the way (for a bank, for example), and he does so at the very last possible moment. He is very disciplined as a rule, which I believe is why he is so difficult to defeat. It’s no wonder he’s called “The Freezer!” He’s as cold as ice.

even though he made the ball he was aiming at, he followed it with the cue ball. Now, forward the video to 6:08. Tommy makes a great shot, but if you watch his cue stick, you’ll notice that he swerves it, perhaps to subconsciously add a little more spin to the cue ball. In a game of One-Pocket, cue ball position is very important, and it’s very difficult to control it unless you are giving it the exact spin and speed that you need to position for your next shot or leave your opponent safe. By swerving his stick, he didn’t control the cue ball well, and you can see that he didn’t get a good position for his next shot. As a result, his next shot is extremely difficult. He misses and sells out. Definitely not something you want to do playing The Freezer. Let’s move ahead a bit to 14:35. As he is taking his practice swings, notice his back arm. It’s a little too far forward, preventing him from following through properly. He pokes at the shot. Plus, he stands up immediately after his shot, and he drops his bridge hand from the edge of the table. The result was that he sold out again, leaving Scott a straight shot into his pocket. Would that have happened if he hadn’t stood up, or followed through? Maybe not. But if his fundamentals were more sound for that shot, he may have been more focused and hit it the way he intended, without selling out. Let’s look at one more shot: 29:51. Here, Tommy stands up and drops his bridge hand off the rail immediately after the stroke. As a result, he misses his shot, and scratches in the side; a very devastating outcome in a One-Pocket game against a player like Frost.

However, I have evidence that he is human, after all. Notice at 5:05 in the video, he scratches on the shot. While it is true that the cue ball went in off of other balls, I believe he let it get away from him. Now, watch the shot again, but this time pay attention to his cue stick. It pops up into the air right after the shot. He gets practically no follow-through.

Remember, these are top-notch players. They have logged countless hours at the table, in practice and competition. However, even players of this caliber must constantly be at the top of their game, and focus on the basics. Tournaments can be grueling, and when you are worn out from playing a 4 hour match until 3 in the morning, what do you suppose is the first casualty? That’s right...

Granted, Scott was shooting over another ball and had to jack up. However, when the shot is particularly difficult, it’s even more important to keep the fundamentals in mind. He ends up popping the cue ball into the air, landing on another ball, and

Fundamentals.

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MCMOA: Changes BY: DON AKERLOW

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There were some 280 pool players that came to the Holiday Inn in Billings, Montana to play on Mother’s Day weekend. In the finals of the Women’s “A”, Morgan Steinman played Molly Jones. The tournament was catching up with the ladies and that was one thing that was clear. Jeff Boucher beat Mike Ameline who had put him in the losers bracket. The Men’s B and Women’s B were the last done and finished around 10pm with Philip Fourstar and Aimee Neel emerging as the winners. I don’t mean to make light of each of the tournaments but the buzz was about the changes to next year. It was the first thing I heard and was the last conversation I had before I left, so here it is: Have plans to play in the MCMOA State 8-Ball Championships? No more?

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they are a coming ... 2014 A

and longest running in Montana. I’ve heard so many players bitch about one thing or another in the last 25 years. Is it true? Yes, in some cases ... from many of the past champions not showing up to play anymore, to many A players playing in the B tournament. A race to 2 isn’t fair, it favors some players more than others, too long of a wait, no room between the tables, playing in different rooms too far away, tables in need of repair, what are the payouts, to stopping at 7pm on Saturday night. All good points and as a player myself, I can understand most of what it was doing to the tournament and the players. I was also one who voiced my opinion.

2ND MOLLY JONES

1ST MORGAN STEINMAN

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The race in the past 3 years has gone to “Best of 5” then on Sunday a race to 4 or 5. Improvement? Yes. Now, the facts. Over 33 years ago the Coin Machine Operators of Montana created a State 8-Ball Championship. What was more of a party and good times turned into the largest and most prestigious 8-Ball pool tournament in the state. In the years past the races were more of a gamble than a skill set. A race to 2, anybody’s game or should I say anybody’s set. If you win the break and then come up dry your opponent could very well run out. Then break themselves and run out ... game ... set. Over the years those who made it into the championship round on Sunday had a race to 3. Still it can be a crap shoot but you adjust, you play the rules and you find a way to win. Now the races are to 4 and 5 ... what might change in the years to come. The Coin Machine Operators across the state, create or take the league they already have and sanction it with the VNEA, thus creating a network of league players with averages that would translate to the state tournament.

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MCMOA 33rd Annual State Pool Tournament (continued from page 23) Creating a tier for B players, A players and AA players. In doing so this would keep the higher skilled players from dropping down to the B tournament. Sandbagging will not be tolerated. I was talking to some of the players at this years’ MCMOA State 8-Ball Championship. Most were in agreement that the state 8-Ball would be decimated with players who could not qualify and could not come because they were not VNEA sanctioned or had a league to qualify through. Most players thought at least 50% would not qualify from this year, some even said 75%. So I took my concerns and players questions to Trevor Foster the tournament director. He was a little taken back at the percentages as anybody would be. Trevor had checked his numbers from the participants this year for how many were VNEA players. Total numbers showed 82% of this years’ players were VNEA sanctioned league players. And with the expansion across

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the state and the emergence of new VNEA leagues, optimism is very high. It may take a few years. Perhaps if they added more days to the tournament for the team event and started a scotch doubles (mixed or open). The current venue houses 40 Valley tables now and can easily add 20-30 more and maybe even doubling the number of tables to 80. I can only think that the MCMOA State 8-Ball Championship has a bright future with new ideas, brackets online, live streaming and what might help more than anything is your match being scheduled at a particular time for a particular table. Who said change isn’t good? Hope to see you there! Time for feedback. Tell me what you think pool@onthebreaknews.com Subject line: MCMOA

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MEN’S B 1st Philip Fourstar Malta $1,000 2nd Mike Eyre Livingston $600 3rd Tyler Townsend Bozeman $300 4th Jon Wisnewski Billings $200 5–6 Dave Rodriguez Connor $150 Dustin Juvan Livingston $150 7–8 Terry Wegner Helena $100 Jon Todd $100 9–12 Chris Barthlemess Malta $75 Greg Schoby $75 Curt Cooper Billings $75 Jon Kaphammer Bozeman $75 13–16 Ryan Sauer Helena $50 Dan Chapman Gardiner $50 James Renfro Vaughn $50 Justyn Katsilas Helena $50 17–24 Floyd Ackerman Jr. Malta $25 Joe Palm Malta $25 Darvin Vankuiken Lewistown $25 Jason Lucht $25 Tracy Grow Glendive $25 Kelly Gilligan Great Falls $25 Dustin Hamper Helena $25 Jeff Joy Vaughn $25 WOMEN’S B 1st Aimee Neel Bozeman $900 2nd Erica Wise Bozeman $600 3rd Barbra Tuss Bozeman $300 4th Lana Zigan Helena $150 5–6 Ashley VanCamp Great Falls $100 Diana Stidham Vaughn $100 7–8 Patty Boggs Livingston $75 Janice Osborne Helena $75 9–12 Dena Donner Bozeman $50 Julie Mitchell Vaughn $50 Debbie VanBlaricom Bozeman $50 Rebecca Ginter $50

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Rakin Wins 1st Stop The first stop of the Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour was held this year at The Broken Rack in Emeryville, CA, on May 18-19. This pool hall has a lot to offer both players and spectators, from a full bar and kitchen, to lounge areas with comfortable couches and seating areas. The double elimination tournament follows WPBA rules, with a race to 7 on the winners’ side and a race to 5 on the one loss side. Thirty-five women showed up to compete, thirty-one returning players and four new additions to the tour. The field included many returning participants, plus a few spectators from last season deciding to join in on the action. Many of the Bay Area’s recognizable female players returned to battle for the top spot, including Mary Rakin, Eleanor Callado, Leslie Bernardi, Shawn Modelo, Revelina Um, Emilyn Callado, upcoming A-Aiem-sa-ard and Stephanie Hefner. After a short introduction and updates by the Board of Directors, Tournament Director Linda Silva proceeded to call out matches. A Aiem-sa-ard returned to the tour this year welcoming a beautiful baby girl to the world, Maya. Motherhood appears to agree with her as she did not show any rustiness. She finished in 7th-8th. Ivy Barrozo, who did not participate in TWCWT 2012, displayed why her 8-Ball team took the BCA National Title a few years back. Her relentless mental strength came back to her each time she was down a match or two, which is what carried her to claim one of the 9th-12th spots. A new player to the tour, Lisa Lewis, had a great run until matched up with Mary Rakin who sent her to the one loss side. She would end up in 9th-12th. When Saturday’s competition was over, the top eight remaining were all familiar names. With this level of competition displayed, no one could predict who would be the claiming the Top Spot for the first stop. From the winners’ side we had Mary Rakin, El Callado, Leslie Bernardi, and Revelina Um. On the one loss side were Shawn Modelo, Stephanie Hefner, A Aiemsa-ard and Emilyn Callado. The morning began on the one loss side with Shawn facing A, and Emilyn facing Stephanie. On the winners’ side it was Leslie facing Mary, and Revelina facing El. Experience definitely prevailed in the first round of play. Shawn, Emilyn, Mary and El won their first matches of the day. Master BCA player Leslie Bernardi competed head to head with Mary taking the match to the hill and eventually losing 6-7. This left six remaining players. Leaving Shawn to face Leslie, Emilyn faced Revelina on the one loss side. On the winners’ side El and Mary faced off for the hot seat. Leslie stayed strong to remain in the tournament and Revelina’s skillful shooting ability prevailed. Mary defeated El sending her to the one loss side and claimed the hot seat. Revelina faced Leslie and displayed smooth shooting skills which led her to

victory. The remaining match to determine who was to face Mary, sitting in the hot seat, was to be El vs. Revelina. El claimed victory over Revelina leading her to face Mary to battle for the top spot. Whenever Mary and El face off against each other, the high level of defense, shot selection, and cue ball control are visible. Mary displayed strong defensive skills, leaving El hooked and forced to use jump cue twice in one match alone. El’s determination to send Mary to the one loss side forced Mary to play with extra caution. Mary’s caution paid off in the end, and she defeated El to claim the Championship of the TWCWT Stop #1. The tour payouts were as follows: 1st $400 Mary Rakin 2 $245 El Callado 3 $170 Revelina Um 4 $115 Leslie Bernardi 5/6 $80 Shawn Modelo, Emilyn Callado 7/8 $50 A Aiem-sa-ard, Stephanie Hefner 9/12 $25 Ivy Barrozo, Girlie Dela Cruz, Kirsten Karim, Lisa Lewis Total Payout $1290.00 For the 2nd chance tournament on Sunday, 20 players returned. The winner was Kirsten Karim and Tammy Moreda took 2nd place. 1 $95 Kirsten Karim 2 $50 Tamy Moreda 3 $25 Ivy Barrozo 4 $25 Minnie Tayaotao We want to thank our main tour sponsors who appreciate the potential of women’s pool and support it. Tiger continues to be very generous in donating their products to be raffled for the benefit of the tour at every stop, with a grand prize being a brand new beautiful Tiger cue to be awarded at our final stop. DiabloValley Pool League helps with our advertising expenses and tirelessly promotes the tour to its players. Magic Rack has rejoined the tour, giving our players a tight rack every game. Eileen Hanshaw provided very beneficial chair massages at our tournament and donated a portion of the proceeds to our Tour. We launched our own line of T-shirts as well, available on our website or in person at each tour stop Special thanks to our room sponsors Marilyn and Wayne Boucher for hosting us and for supporting the sport of billiards. We look forward to Stop #2 in Reno at Diamond Billiards.

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Lucky About Life: PART 3

(Full Version) I drove back from Kansas to the Lucky’ Q Ranch. The drive didn’t seem that long as the conversations made it go quick. We started a academic conversation about life and some pool. We were in a deep conversation covered what seemed to only scratch the surface. I said “Life travels across vast knowledge. What we pick up along the way is based on what we previously know and want to know or believe, which makes it limited to our own sphere of the world. In today’s world, everyone claims to know everything. We all want to feel that we know as much as we can and our opinion is upmost, We are bombarded with words and ideas, pictures and concepts. Most of that is an illusion”…….. Lucky believes “that there are two ways to look at how the knowledge develops: the first is through the progress of history and human civilization, and the second is through the observation and human understanding”…… Knowledge moves along or forward when the intake of information is greater than at some previous point in time. The classic example is that we once believed that the earth was the center of the universe. Everyone was told that. The religious scholars promoted that notion which kept knowledge from succeeding. This notion has rarely publicly questioned for centuries. Eventually one becomes compels to ask the question why? Most of us do this or try to do this in everyday life. Lucky was glad he was no different. We spent time establishing what we did know or thought we knew. This whole conversation was fun. Most of my discovery was that Lucky was so knowledgeable. I had 8 years of College and Lucky never went to college and knew so much. He spent time reading and consciously teaching himself and not relying on just beliefs that everyone one else might have. We established that knowledge and truth might be far apart from each other. Like with, the Earth being the center of the universe, that we can traditionally believe things because they are convenient and

common. Stories and beliefs can last thousands of years and can have a truth by its commonality. By believing in something long enough it creates an amount of truth. This is the age old question. If enough people believe in something it’s the truth or is it really the truth? It was once true (believed true) that the sun revolved around the earth because enough people thought it so. The need for distinguishing between objective and subjective truth becomes the real issue. Lucky had an example about a childhood friend named Johnny who had played a pool match against another top player named Willie and barely won the 9 ball match. A race to 11 for $2,000 Lucky witnessed the whole match and Johnny was lucky he won 11 to 10 and shouldn’t have. After 40 years Johnny has told his version of the way the match went down where he just dominated the match 11-5. His friend told that pool story about beating Willie for many years and after time many of Lucky’s other friends who were reminded of the same story believed it. They even told the same story to others and so forth. Lucky never said very much about it anytime the story was brought up. He just let it be. I asked Lucky why he never straighten Johnny out and those other people living in pure unawareness. “Lucky shouldn’t these people be told” Lucky said “After so many years it would end up in a disagreement and it wouldn’t change Johnny’s mind. It wasn’t hurting anyone anyway just making him feel good to tell the story. Lucky said he thought about just telling the guys that story Willie told that all accept as true wasn’t true. Lucky said “knowing that you believed the wrong for long period of time can be devastating and make you question your delicate judgment, no one want to be greatly wrong” It’s is everyone’s freedom whether to accept a truth or not.” “That’s why I didn’t say anything I know the truth about this situation. That’s all I should need.” In some cases people don’t want to know the truth rather just go on faith they know something as truth. Question then is does it hurt really

anyone? The truth is always the right path no matter if it wounds or upset someone. Talking about a few philosophical ideas for hours was getting exhausting, but so interesting I sought to continue because I am always hungry for understanding and knowledge. I was also participating with Lucky thought to thought, concept to concept with such a smart man. Lucky had so much more substance than playing pool and intuitively reading people like a psychologist he was a Philosopher too. Not sure how the conversation turned to pool. We got started talking about how the world of pool has changed. Pool evolved from a game that Nobles played to now everyone plays at it. The legendary era of pool should never be forgotten. As Philosophical truths develop goes so does our predecessors pointing the way to more knowledgeable pool through each year. Pool would not have the identity without past champions advocates like Ralph Greenleaf, Willie Hoppe, Willie Mosconi, Jimmy Caras, Jean Bulukas, and recently Mike Sigel, Alison Fisher and Efren Reyes’s. Tournaments have become more frequent in this century. Also can’t forget that Pool would not have the identity without past Hustling heroes like Minnesota fats, Ronnie Allen, Cornbread Red, Jack Cooney, Cole Dickson, Keith McCready a few dozen more. What this level of players did was create the amorous part of pool. Everyone wanted to be able to beat anyone at any giving time and win a lot of CASH at the same time. The best hustlers are not necessarily the best players just the smartest players. They matched up and spotted people where they could still have a slight edge. Then grind it out. The main goal was to magically lift the money out of wallets of those who wanted to do the same to you. Every top player has spent time on the road. You can say it made them even better players because of it. The understanding of the schemes, deceit pool players might use. The mental discipline you have to develop by playing on the road gains aptitude, confident (Lucky continued on page 36)

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National Singles Championships World’s Largest Pool League Crowns Seven Amateur Champions in Las Vegas LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 10, 2013) — More than $500,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to APA members at the APA National Singles Championships held April 24 – 27 in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The National Singles Championships consisted of both the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Singles Championships, the Wheelchair Challenge and the Jack & Jill Doubles Championship. The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each Skill Level Tier, with two shooters in each match competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. In the Green Tier, Tom Williamson of Billerica, Mass., defeated Cheri Schroth of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Williamson advanced to the finals after a semifinal round victory over Kathy Tingler of Tyler, Texas. Schroth advanced to the finals as a result of a

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disqualification following the semifinal round. Tingler finished in 3rd Place. In the White Tier, Eddie Conklin, Jr. of Bayonne, N.J., defeated Rodger Doyen of Brandon, Fla. Conklin Jr. defeated Mathis Martines of Greensboro, N.C., in the semifinal round to advance to the finals. Doyen advanced to the finals by defeating Erick Carrasco of Ridgewood, N.Y. Martines and Carrasco tied for 3rd Place. In the Black Tier, David Apollos of Gallatin, Tenn., defeated Jan Mierzwa of Garfield, N.J. Apollos advanced to the finals after defeating Herb Wilburn of Longview, Texas, in the semifinals. Mierzwa advanced to the final round match after a victory over Jessica Schuddekopf of Clifton Park, N.Y., in the semifinal match. Wilburn and Schuddekopf tied for 3rd Place. Each of the three Champions received a prize package worth $10,000. Runners-Up in each tier took home a prize package worth $5,000. Third Place finishers each received $3,000 in cash and prizes. Daniel Praty of San Diego, Calif., was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the 9-Ball Shootout. More than 4,000 poolplayers made it to the Regional Level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to

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310 men and women competing for 9-Ball crowns in each of three Skill Level Tiers. Nearly 6,400 APA members advanced to regional competition of the 8-Ball Classic, and 489 of those players advanced to the championship in Las Vegas. In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, four champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. In the Blue Tier, Faith Rubin of Fayetteville, N.C., defeated Joe Fickett of Chicago Ridge, Ill. Rubin defeated Freida Swain of Lapeer, Mich., in the semifinals to advance, while Fickett defeated Summer Turner of St. Augustine, Fla. Swain and Turner tied for 3rd Place. In the Yellow Tier, Steven Davis of Minneapolis, Minn., defeated Clayton Fulcher of Loganville, Ga. Davis advanced to the finals by defeating John Falco of Benton, Ark., earlier in the day in the semifinal round. Fulcher defeated Douglas Moe of Easton, Conn., in the semifinals. Falco and Moe tied for 3rd Place. In the Red Tier, David Templeton of Jackson, Mo., defeated Wilson Chung of South San Francisco, Calif. Templeton defeated Charles Swan of Pickering, Ont., in the semifinals to advance, while Chung defeated Matthew Witschonke of Seattle, Wash. Swan and Witschonke tied for 3rd Place. In the Purple Tier, Dustin Gunia of Omaha, Neb., defeated Nathan Moore of Warren, Mich. Gunia defeated John Scudder of Portland, Ore., in the semifinal round. Moore advanced after defeating Ever Valasques of Hyattsville, Md. Scudder and Valasques tied for 3rd Place. First Place winners received cash and prizes worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash and prizes worth $9,000. Third Place finishers each received $4,000 in cash and prizes. Michael Andrew of Oshawa, Ont., was awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball Classic. In the annual Jack & Jill Doubles Championship, held during the Singles Championships, Long Shots (Jaime Guajardo & Amber Kwasigroch) of Joliet, Ill., defeated Ride the Rail (James Giorella & Evaughn


9-Ball Shootout Champion White Tier - Eddie Conklin, Jr. of Bayonne, NJ

8-Ball Classic Champion Purple Tier - Dustin Gunia of Omaha, NE

Hall) of Athens, Ga. The victory earned them a $5,000 payday. As Runners-Up, Ride the Rail took home $3,000. The Jack & Jill Doubles field included 256 teams. The Wheelchair Challenge made its debut at the National Singles Championships after being held in August during the National Team Championships for many years. In the finals, Charlie Hans of Middletown, Ohio defeated Ron Bates of Coldwater, Mich., to take home $2,000 in prize money. Bates received $1,000 as the Runner-Up. Forty-two players competed in the Wheelchair Challenge. (Continued on Page 32)

8-Ball Classic Champion Yellow Tier - Steven Davis of Minneapolis, MN

Jack & Jill Doubles Champions Long Shots (Jaime Guajardo & Amber Kwasigroch) of Joliet, IL

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APA National Singles Championships Continued from Page 31

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. Nearly 270,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9‑Ball League play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually! The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and PoolDawg. For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit www. poolplayers.com.

9-Ball Shootout Champion Green Tier - Tom Williamson of Billerica, MA

8-Ball Classic Champion Red Tier David Templeton of Jackson, MO

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Corey Deuel

Captures National Snooker Championship Title

by Alan Morris (United States Snooker Association) www.snookerusa.com

difficult to play himself into the tie. Deuel completely dominated proceedings from then on as a contribution of a break of 36 helped him seal Corey Deuel has made a successful frame five, and runs of 34 and 39 in the following transformation to snooker as the former U.S. frame helped him wrap up the match 5-1 for a Open 9-Ball Pool Champion has now added terrific victory. the 2013 United States National Snooker All credit must go to Deuel as what he lacked in Championship title to his collection with victory snooker knowledge was made up by using his at Snooker 147 Bar & Grill in Houston, Texas. years of experience of playing professional pool It has been an incredible event for the 35-year-old at the highest level, and he must be applauded from Florida as he was fortunate to qualify from for making the positive decision to broaden the group phase after suffering two defeats out of his billiard playing horizons and take up the four matches, placing runner-up to the five-time challenge of competing in the National Snooker champion Tom Kollins, but he slowly forged Championship. his way into the Championship and gathered Isaac however will be incredibly disappointed momentum with each match played to reach the with the way he competed in the final, as final against the defending champion, Sargon Isaac. this is the first time he has tasted defeat in The 27-year-old from California was in good this Championship and brings to an end a form throughout the championship, and looked thirteen-match winning run. He will reflect on formidable in his semifinal victory which would have what he will be the first to admit was a very made him favorite to retain his title. below par performance, which allowed Deuel Deuel is an impressive performer however, as to dominate him in the final. This loss though he calmly approached each attempted pot and will make him even more determined to claim methodically thought over many of the safety that second title next year.Both players have , now gained automatic selection to represent the exchanges. el eu D ey or C pion, Number one seed Isaac made a very underwhelming ooker Cham .com United States in the Men’s Event of this year’s National Sn SnookerUSA es © at St to ho ed P it n U hy start to the final as he found it difficult to take International Billiards & Snooker Federation 3 1 op 0 tr 2 e Th onship h the Champi advantage of any chances, and Deuel’s commanding (IBSF) World Snooker Championships, which will take place in Riga, pictured wit presence helped him win the first two frames comfortably. the capital of Latvia, from November 18-30. The winner of this Championship Isaac is though the more accomplished break-builder of the two, and when he hit will be invited to compete on the multimillion dollar professional 2014-15 World a very fluent and precise run of 68 to win the third frame it appeared the tide had Snooker Tour. turned in his favor as he started frame four in a very confident manner. The United States Snooker Association (USSA) would like to give its thanks to This upbeat mood for Isaac though did not last long as he offered an opportunity to everyone who made this Championship possible, especially to the players who came Deuel to get back into the frame, and he duly took it and won it assisted by a break from all across the country, and to the hosts, Mr. Mani Hassan and Mr. Aurangzeb of 53 to lead 3-1 into the mid-session interval. Mahmud, the proprietors of Snooker 147 Bar & Grill, for their enthusiasm for the The interval did not help to settle Isaac, as on the resumption he still found it sport and for providing the highest quality facilities to play the Championship on.

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and a prowess over the money game. There are honorable codes with road players and gamblers. They may still try to hustle each other but a hustler knows a hustle. They will also work together like business partners when the money makes sense. Especially getting backed. Lucky knows everything about pool. He is both the best player I’ve seen and the smartest player how remarkable. I have always been in awe of Lucky. Being close to him I tend to over look he is awesome because he makes me feel like a real friend. I asked, “Lucky how come you make playing pool at what seems like an impossible level look so easy”…I never really asked him that before. “You always gave me nuggets on how you do it?…I watched you not miss a ball for hours. Witnessed you execute shots no one, I mean one could ever see to do.” Lucky, “I started playing young my father and my coach taught me, as you know, to be consistent with practice routines. He was getting me ready to go out and make money playing pool. I paid attention to my 100% mental readiness to shoot a shot. I developed control of body mechanics and a vast understanding the physics of shooting conditions, reading the shots and a shot repertory. It all is easy because I spent the very hard work never to miss executing any shot from every aspect.” Hey lucky even well established pros who work on their games can’t do what you do. All those very intricate shots involving multiple balls multiple rails and moving balls out of the way so a ball can pass all in one shot” Blame my father, he said Pool is like life. Hustlers exist everywhere not just pool. Hustlers are in bowling, basketball (like in white men can’t jump) golf, banking and finance, job hunting, product manufacturing, anything where people can make a living. Even celebrities, religious leaders and politicians can hustle to stay in the spotlight, doing stunts to get noticed more.

Lucky sees that times they are a changing. There are more things for kids to do and less of them aspire at pool. The next generation of young skilled passionate players is declining. Some would rather just play pool recreationally then be significant competitive players. That’s why less are practicing seriously, matching up and gambling or going on the road. I am sure the recreational aspect is unfortunately dominating. Lucky has an answer: There is an attitude towards mediocrity in America and not towards excellence as in other countries. The phone rang Lucky answered it after a few minutes came back told me that Bernard Rogoff (AKA “Bunny” AKA “Pots and Pans”) died. Lucky said he met him in Detroit where he steered me around town. A decent player who never really bet big. One of the best $5 players who could clean you out of your money at that rate faster than an Aston Martin in 0 to 50 in 3.1 seconds... Lucky saw him after years at the Miller Lite tournament in 85. Saw him again years later in Vegas at the Riviera at the Nationals past few years. Bunny was always wearing his Miller Lite jacket from that 1985’ tournament. He was always filled with one liners and would dress up in his Charlie Chaplin outfit and entertain everyone. He was asked once how he matched up with these 3 known players across the room “Too old for the first one and not good enough for the second,” he snapped. “And that 3rd one well he didn’t beat me that bad. He folded his arms, brooded thoughtfully for a few seconds, and stomped off in his Chaplin outfit with small Chaplin steps. He liked to be where pool players were at. I said I knew him a little too as I always briefly talked to him at nationals. Lucky walked me out to his kitchen and open the cupboard and showed me all the pans he bought from him many years ago.

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VIPER: Are you good at any other sports? TORNADO: I’ve always been a great athlete. Can play basketball well, volleyball, table tennis, golf I’m ok. VIPER: Describe yourself in three words? TORNADO: Crazy, funny and fearless. VIPER: If you had to live your life over again, what would one thing you change about yourself and/or your pool career? TORNADO:I wouldn’t change anything at all. I’m very blessed to travel the world because of my talent.  VIPER: How do you prepare for events? TORNADO: I try and play local tournaments. I practice about 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening.  It’s so convenient when you have a table at home. VIPER: What was the best advice you were ever given? TORNADO: Minnesota Fats once told me don’t ever play with a loose bridge and approach the table with confidence. VIPER: What is one thing that you enjoy most while playing pool? TORNADO: Oh My fans!! I love when they interact with me and do the twirl when I win. My fans have always giving me the motivation to be the best.  VIPER: If you could say one thing to a young up-coming player what would it be? TORNADO: To stay focused, practice hard and play hard. VIPER: What’s your Favorite game? TORNADO:  I like all the games actually. It helps your game I feel. Ok Vivian, here are some Facebook questions… Pauline McGrath from Saco, Maine asks: Vivian are you married and do you have any children? TORNADO: I am not married… and I am not crazy, lol! I have two children that I have raised and their names are Nathalie Garcia 20 years old and GianCarlo Ornelas 9 years old. Ben Roberts from Hutchinson, KS asks: Vivian is so enthusiastic, does she ever rush her shots because of it?? TORNADO:  That is just my style… its part of my personality. Josh Soneathit Souvannakasy from Anchorage, Alaska asks: How did you get the nickname the Texas tornado?

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TORNADO: I was in Chicago and Mark Haddad who worked for Billiards Digest – I was playing a pool match against Robin Dodson and Mark kept making windlike noises from the audience and I kept hushing him. And out load he yelled, “I hear a funnel cloud coming and wow it’s like a storm” and he called me the Texas Tornado and that how I got the nickname. Monica Campbell from Poplar, MT asks: When you did go pro, how long was it before you placed in final 16 then final 8? Tornado:  I turned pro in 1991, I went from unranked to #1 in a matter of 14 months and I stayed there for about 5-years. Brian Clapp from San Jose, CA asks: Who was your toughest opponent...do you prefer tournaments, or $ matches? TORNADO:  My toughest opponent has always been the pool table and myself. I play better for the money but I enjoy both. Geoffrey Quezada from Arvada, CO asks: How do you get out of a slump? TORNADO:  You have to overcome your mistakes and move forward, because if you knew that you could play perfect all the time then you wouldn’t be challenged. When I get home, I try and remember my mistakes.  I sit back and think what I could of done differently or why I missed it.  I practice the shot until I feel satisfied it’s been corrected.  Chris Honeman from Conifer, CO asks: What, in your opinion, is the key to achieving your highest potential as a pool player? TORNADO:  I set goals when I was younger to become #1 and become a world champion and I accomplished them. To this day I continue to set personal goals. Brandon Flynn from Durant, OK asks: What was your worst loss? TORNADO:  It was at the US Open in 2008, I was playing a TV match against Kelly Fisher and it was tied at 6-6 and I was shooting an easy 8-ball to win the match and I took my eye off the ball and missed it! I was in incomplete disbelief and lost the match behind it. As soon as I left the arena I tried to call my dad to comfort me and the phone just rang and rang and that’s when I realized he was truly gone. . I broke out in tears and my WPBA sisters tried to console me and that’s one event I will never forget. A special “Thank-you” to Vivian for taking time out of her busy schedule, to participate in my Ask the Viper articles. Till next month you can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wpbaviper

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Corteza Cashes In! By Ted Lerner WPA Press Officer Photos Courtesy of Jin Li, www.top147.com

(Shanghai)--Playing with his trademarked calm and cool demeanor, all the while exhibiting a deadly stroke and a fierce, quiet fortitude, the Philippines Lee Vann Corteza staked his claim to stardom today as he defeated Taiwanese veteran Fu Che Wei to win the 2013 China Open 9-ball in Shanghai. The win means that the China Open title, one of pool’s biggest tournaments, remains in the Philippines at least one more year, as Corteza’s win follows countryman Dennis Orcollo’s victory in 2012. The victory, besting a quality field of 64 top players from around the globe, is easily Corteza’s biggest to date in a professional career that has spanned nearly two decades. For the last five of those years, Corteza’s pedigree had already been established far and wide. Everywhere he has played fellow players and fans could see that under Corteza’s humble veneer and boyish smile lay a deadly serious and focused professional with a noticeable swagger that oozed confidence. This is a man who has something inside him that doesn’t allow him to flinch under pressure. This is a man who knows how to close out a match.

All of these traits were on full display today in front of over 500 people at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium arena. The match was played at an extremely high quality with 12 of the 17 played racks being break and run outs. The outcome turned on just a few mistakes, and it was Corteza who took advantage and nailed the door shut every time he was given the opportunity. As they had all week, both Corteza and Fu remained untouchable in their respective semi-final matchups which took place earlier on Sunday morning. Corteza easily defeated surprise entry Omar Al-Shaheen of Kuwait, 11 – 3. Fu put a halt to the marvelous run of former two-time world champion Wu Jiajing, 11 – 8. In the finals, the 34 year old Corteza won the lag and broke and cleared the first rack in the alternate break match. The pair traded racks and neither missed a single ball as the Filipino led 2-1. Corteza’s first chance to gain some distance came in rack four when he cleared off a Fu miss on the 1-ball to take a 3-1 lead. Corteza broke and ran the next rack to move up 4-1. The Filipino would never be threatened the rest of the way. Fu continued to play well, and continued to break and run racks, but so did Corteza plunking the cue ball dead square in the center of the table on the break and potting 2, 3 and once even 4 balls. Down 7-5, Fu had a brilliant opportunity to narrow the lead in rack 13 when Corteza scratched. Fu was clearing the table beautifully until he missed an easy 8-ball and was soon down 8-5. Fu forced a foul in the next rack to close to 8-6, but Corteza, as all great champions do, put pedal to the medal and sprinted home, while Fu wilted down the stretch. Corteza won going away, 11-6. Afterwards the low key Corteza was typically reserved, but the satisfaction of his accomplishment was all too clear. “I’m so happy right now I really don’t know what to say,” Corteza said. “This tournament is so hard

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there are so many good players. I tried not to be under pressure and I really enjoyed myself this match. That was one of the keys today. I was relaxed. And that also helped me to stay focused the whole time. “For me this means a lot to win this tournament. It’s been three years since I won a big tournament. And the way I won this, playing really well and of course I get a few lucky rolls, this is going to give me a lot of confidence in the coming months. This is a big win for my career.” As expected Fu was disappointed as the loss meant his second defeat in the final of major in the course of one year. In 2012 he lost in the finals of the World 8-ball championship in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates to fellow Taiwanese Chang Jung Lin. Fu indicated that while he was playing well all week, he could never get 100% comfortable with the new tip he had put on his cue stick the just before the China Open began. “I had a problem with my cue tip today,” Fu said through an interpreter. “Just before the tournament I changed my tip and I’m really not used to it. But before rack 13 I felt like I was playing good. Then when I missed that 8-ball in that rack, that was it. After that I didn’t play good. And he also played good. He deserves to be the champion.” For the victory Corteza takes home $40,000 while Fu pockets $20,000.

Results Semi-finals Lee Vann Corteza(PHL) 11 – 3 Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 11 – 8 Wu Jiajing(CHN)

Finals Lee Vann Corteza(PHL) 11 – 6 Fu Che Wei(TPE)


All For Liu

Liu Shasha Comes From Behind To Defeat Chen Siming To Win The Women’s China Open 9-Ball Title

By Ted Lerner - WPA Press Officer (Shanghai)--Coming into Sunday’s finals of the 2013 China Open, Liu Shasha knew she was on the cusp of a golden opportunity to vault her way back to the upper echelons of not only the fiercely competitive world of Chinese women’s pool, but also the entire world of women’s professional pool. Since coming out of nowhere and winning the 2009 Women’s World 9-ball Championship held in Shenyang, China, the diminutive and glamorous youngster has maintained her place on the Chinese national team, but she hadn’t won any tournaments. In the lead up to this week’s tournament, with 48 top women players from all parts of the globe, Liu hadn’t been playing well in practice and was only hoping to at least reach the quarterfinals. But suddenly she found herself in the finals of one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Indeed on Sunday, in front of packed house at the Shanghai Pudong Yuanshen Stadium arena, Liu seized the moment , coming from behind in crunch time to overtake fellow teammate and young star Chen Siming to win the China Open by a nose, 9 – 8. With the win, Liu can now claim two of the biggest prizes in women’s pool. She also joins her close friend and “sister” Fu Xiaofang who also has won these same two prestigious events. For Chen, the loss had to be a massive disappointment. The hard working and prodigious player, who many feel is China’s best natural talent, led the contest nearly the entire way only to see the dream die right when the finish line was in sight. Chen was in stride early and jumped out to a 3 -1 lead in the alternate break match. Liu quickly got it

together and tied up the match. But then Chen hit one of her high gears, which can be a thing of beauty to watch. Chen went up 5-3, then 6-4, then 7-4. She seemed to have an answer for everything Liu tried and appeared capable of fending off her opponent at will. But as so often happens in pool, one mistake sends the momentum over to the other player’s side. After a break and run by Liu to move to 7-5, Chen broke, but saw the cue ball get kicked into the pocket for a scratch. Lui made a calculated clear to close the gap to one, 7-6. Liu then stepped to the table and tied the match with a break and run out. With the title down to a mere race to two, Liu got Chen once again as Chen left a safe open and allowed Liu to grab her first lead of the night, 8-7. Chen’s the consummate battler, however, and she broke serve in the 16th frame after winning a nervy safety exchange to leave one final rack to decide the champion. Chen broke and sent two balls down on the break. Position for the two ball was tricky and Chen bobbled the 1-ball in the jaws. Liu came to the table with a look at the one and steadily picked off the colors. As she got down to the final 8 and 9 balls, she held her chest and took a deep breath, trying to calm herself as she stood on the cusp of victory. With raw nerves jangling, she potted the last two balls for the championship. On the floor afterwards, Liu was greeted with warm hugs by a tearful Fu Xiaofang. The two are not really sisters, but they are practically inseparable, living together and playing pool together every day. As she drank in the accolades, Liu expressed surprise that she was even standing in the winner’s circle. “I am very surprised that I won this tournament,” she said through an interpreter. “I have not been playing well lately. We had a practice tournament before this tournament and I got 8th place. I was hoping to get at least to the quarterfinals in the China Open. I didn’t think I could win it. I’m very happy. This is my first championship in three years so this is something I am going to celebrate tonight.” As usual with the Chinese women players, Chen, who also hasn’t won a big

tournament in China in three year, was gracious to a

fault in defeat. “I think I played well. I missed one ball in the first half of the match. The second half I also played well but it was then that Liu didn’t miss a shot. When I missed she took that and played well. I’m happy that at least two Chinese players reached the finals.” Liu won $30,000 while Chen took home $15,000. *The World Pool-Billiard Association(WPA) is the governing body of the sport of pool.

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NiteHawk (See ad p20) 360-892-7454 No Masters Male or Female $20+$10 g.f. $400 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p8) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call Bozeman, MT Eagles #326 (See ad p33) 406-587-9996 23rd “Chip” Pool Classic $10 $300 (up to) Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p9) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 Reno, NV TWCWT (See ad p21) 510-329-3566 9-Ball-Wmn Diamond Billiards $30 + fees Call Bozeman, MT Scoop Bar (See ad p11&16) 406-209-4927 Mixed Doubles -Shaye Benefit $20 Call Spokane, WA Black Diamond (See ad p10) 206-920-1936 9-Ball Womens-NWPA Call $750 w/32 Tunica, MS Harrah’s E Center (See ad May) 310-370-3994 Diamond Big Foot 10-Ball $1,000-Limit 32 $18,000 Tunica, MS Harrah’s E Center (See ad May) 800-874-0557 Southern Classic 9-Ball Banks $110 $10,000 Guar Tunica, MS Harrah’s E Center (See ad May) 800-874-0557 Southern Classic 1 Pocket $135 $15,000 Guar Tunica, MS Harrah’s E Center (See ad May) 800-874-0557 Southern Classic 9-Ball BCA pts $160 $25,000 Tunica, MS Harrah’s E Center (See ad May) 800-874-0557 NAPA Nationals Online Call Boise, ID The Pocket (See ad p7) 208-375-2474 Bounty Tournament $10M/$5W Call San Francisco, CA Family Billiards (See ad p16) 415-931-1115 Cole Dickson Mem. 9-Ball $50 $4,000 min. Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p8) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call Bellflower, CA HardTimes (See ad p21) 562-867-7733 10-Ball Open $150 (incl g.f.) $10,000 Guar Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p9) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playbca.com 37th BCAPL National Champ. Varies Online Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com U.S. Open One Pocket-Limit 64 Online $10,000 Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com U.S. Open 10-Ball-Limit 96 Online $25,000 Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com U.S. Open 8-Ball-Limit 96 Online $25,000 Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com USAPL National Champ. Online Online Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com 9-Ball Challenge Online Online Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com World Artistic Pool Champ. Online Online Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com Jr National 9-Ball BEF Online Online Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com Predator High Run Challenge Online Online Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com 6 Pocket Challenge Online Online Las Vegas, NV BCAPL (See ad p43) playcsipool.com Texas Bumps Online Online Bellflower, CA HardTimes (See ad p21) 562-867-7733 TAD Cup 9-Ball Hdcp Call Call Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p8) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p9) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 Bellevue, WA NWPA (See ad p21) 206-920-1936 9-Ball Women Tour Stop Call $750 w/33+ Sacramento, CA TWCWT (See ad p21) 510-329-3566 9-Ball-Women Tour stop $30 + fees Call Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p8) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Call Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p9) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 Petaluma, CA TWCWT (See ad p21) 510-329-3566 9-Ball Women-Buffalo Billiards $30 + fees Call Oakland, CA TWCWT (See ad p21) 510-329-3566 9-Ball WomenTour stop $30 + fees Call San Francisco, CA TWCWT (See ad p21) 510-329-3566 9-Ball Women-Family Billiards $30 + fees Call

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