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West Coast Women Visit San Jose

On June 23rd/24th The Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour (TWCWT) came to South First Billiards in the SOFA district of San Jose for the second stop of our 2012 tour. Participation in the tour continues to grow. Forty-two players entered the tournament, a new record for our Tour at this venue and for a second stop of the year. We were happy to welcome several new players as well. Our tournaments are double elimination with races to 7 on the winners’ side and races to 5 on the one-loss side. We play down to the final eight in the Main Event on Saturday and those players not in the top eight at the end of the day were invited back to play in a Second Chance Tournament on Sunday. We are proud that three TWCWT players played in the WPBA US Open earlier Left to Right - Eleanor Callado and Mary Rakin in June: Eleanor Callado, Emilyn Callado and Mary Rakin. Mary had a particularly successful tournament making it to the semi-finals by beating such well known pros as Melissa Little, Angel Paglia and Jennifer Barreta. Back on our regional tour, Mary showed no signs of a letdown, efficiently winning four matches in a row to be the first Great thanks to our Tour sponsor Tiger Products, makers of fine cues and accessories, for their continued backing. We thank our hosts Ben and Jesille Soriano, player of the day to make the final eight of the Main Event. Joining her as the other unbeaten player on Saturday from their half of the chart was A Aiem-sa-ard, gaining a owners of South First Billiards, for their support of the Tour and for adding $750 place in the top 8 for the first time. She didn’t even realize it until she was told she was combined to the Main Event, Second Chance and end-of-season prize funds. Eileen Hanshaw was once again on hand to offer Theraputic Chair Massage with a portion done for the day and replied, “But I haven’t lost a match yet”. of the proceeds donated to TWCWT. Selected Sunday matches were live streamed Meantime, on the on the other half, Lou Anne LaFlamme was shooting by the ladies of Secret Sauce as will Sunday matches from our next stop. That will hot, winning her first three matches including a second round upset of new State Champion Bonnie Plowman. But in the fourth round Eleanor Callado sent Lou Anne be at Diamond Billiards in Reno, NV on July 23rd/24th. Go to our website www. to the one loss side and won herself a place in the final eight. The fourth player to end twcwt.com or our facebook page on our Sunday tournament dates to find the link for live stream. Diamond will be a new stop for us; we are increasing the number of unbeaten on Saturday was Revelina Um. On the one-loss side, Bonnie Plowman put her head down and took three straight tournaments we hold this year from six to seven. Reno is always a fun place to spend a weekend, so come to play (players can join at any stop and players of all levels are matches to remain in the Main Event at the end of the day. In a hill/hill battle, Patty welcome) or, if you happen to be in town, stop by to watch. We think you’ll enjoy it. West knocked out Lou Anne LaFlamme to make the final eight for her first time. Tiffany Finnan, who was sent to the one-loss side by Revelina Um, defeated Emilyn Callado to stay in the Main Event and Jessica Skye handed Tanner Roo her second loss MAIN EVENT SECOND CHANCE to grab the final top 8 spot. 1 470 Mary Rakin 1 100 Deirdre Li In the first round Sunday morning, Mary Rakin defeated A Aiem-sa-ard while 2 320 Eleanor Callado 2 70 Riwan Khalil Revelina Um out lasted Eleanor Callado in a hill/hill match. Jessica Skye beat Tiffany 3 240 Revelina Um 3/4 50 Amy Burdick 4 160 Bonnie Plowman 50 Jess Quinata Finnan and Bonnie Plowman ended Patty West’s tournament in 7th/8th with Tiffany. 5/6 120 A Aiem-sa-ard Eleanor Callado then took her match with Jessica while Bonnie Plowman eliminated 120 Jessica Skye A. Jessica and A were both very happy with their finish in 5th/6th . As mentioned, it 7/8 80 Patty West was A’s first time playing in the Main Event on Sunday; Jessica made it the first time 80 Tiffany Finnan last year and this time she finished one place higher. As the day continued, Mary Rakin won the hot seat match from Revelina Um and Eleanor Callado knocked Bonnie Plowman out in 4th. That set up a rematch 9614 E Sprague between Revelina and Eleanor for the right to play Mary in the finals. With Revelina Spokane Valley, WA 99206 up 4–2, it looked like she might defeat Eleanor a second time in the tournament, but 509-891-8357 Eleanor brought the match even at 4-4 and took the case game. TWCWT plays true double elimination, so if the last player from the one-loss FULL MENU - GREAT FOOD side defeats the player in the hot seat in their race to seven, a second set, race to 5 is played to determine the tournament winner. We’ve seen several two set finals on the Sept 1 - Sept 3: Spokane Open TWCWT and signs pointed to another when Eleanor jumped out to a 5-0 start. Then Labor Day Weekend - $75 entry (incl. $15 gf) Open to first 128 paid players Mary got in a groove and pulled even 5-5 before Eleanor regrouped and ultimately Top lady with 3+ entries won the first set 7-6. Mary, however, had her eyes on the prize, taking the second set All entries must be paid by 8/31/12 at 5PM Minimum 5-3 to win the tournament. The total prize money for the Main Event was $1,590. added w/128 Open/Sign-up 9AM - Start 9:30AM Race to 9/7 - BCA Rules - Winner Break As the final stages of the Main Event were being played out, 22 women were Mail entries to: Black Diamond 9 Ball on 9’ Gold Crowns playing in the Second Chance Tournament, a single elimination, race to five Attn: Labor Day Tournament tournament with a prize fund of $270 this weekend.

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Danny’s sweeps Snohomish County APA Championship Danny’s Midway Bar & Grill, (see ad

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MarysvilleWashington has long been a haven for pool players of all skill levels. Boasting five beautifully kept pool tables; all players have an opportunity to hone their skills 7 nights a week. This usually takes form in league play, practicing with friends or for the really adventurous, challenging and attempting to hold the nine-footer. With APA teams playing three nights a week and TAP league another two nights (including the new 10-ball format), there are a number of opportunities for people to join a team and win their way to Vegas. Danny’s has history of Shonomish County APA winners, 2008 and 2010 saw nine ball champions and this year, Danny’s teams took both the eight and nine ball Snohomish County Championship. Congratulations to the eight ball winners, “We B Smokin!” Four days of competition, using a little finesse and terrific shooting, the victorious crew brought home the 8 Ball trophy. Another congratulations to the nine ball winners, “That’s a Patch!” They worked the nine ball circuit for two days and after tremendous shooting and some impressive scores they added another trophy to the Danny’s wall. Both teams are now polishing their cues and planning their trip to Vegas. Good luck to both!

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Allison Fisher was not the only winner to be crowned at the WPBA US Open in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 6-10. There was also a match to determine the WPBA Regional Tour Champion and even that was not the match that was expected. Eastern Champion My-Hahn Lac and Western Champion Kim Jones were both unable to make the trip to Oklahoma, so Eastern Runner up Megan Smith and Western Runner Up Liz Cole stepped up to face off for the coveted title. The match saw WPBA veteran Megan Smith score a hard fought 9-6 win over Cole. The tournament win capped off what has been a great season on the regional tour for Smith so far this year. "I have had a good year so far on tour, but to bring that National Title back to the East Coast meant a lot." Smith added "I just wanted to thank the WPBA, JPNewt, Linda Shea, Sharon O'Hanlon for all their hard work, and of course JPechauer for all their support. Many thanks to David Hughes for his coaching expertise, and of course I'd like to recognize Mike Sigel for his invaluable contributions to my game."

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Lee “Lightning” Brett and Jing Gicoso set new tour records last month. Lee Brett posted a new tour record for Behind the Rock Tour for high score previously set by Tommy Najar back in September of 2011. Najar’s record was a solid 139 with 5 Snap games, 2 consecutive Snap games, 1 COE and 1 Cut game. Brett crushed Najar’s match statistics with 7 Snap games LEE “LIGHTNING” BRETT and 1 COE for a score of 154. If you’ve never played the game 211 before let me tell you these scores are a feat to be reckoned with. Lee Brett comes to us from Liverpool. He was an outstanding snooker player in Europe and is now making his name in the USA playing pool. The name “Lightning” was given to him for his rapid and deadly accurate play. Lee is also a coach and trainer with a published DVD and instructional book. BTRT is now selling his DVD and book on the website at www.behindtherocktour.com on the Store/merchandise page if you want to learn more about his unique technique that enabled him to set this world record playing 211. Jing Gicoso set a new record for highest points scored in one game of 21 points. This is Jing’s second time in the tour title page. He also has tied the tour record for 3 consecutive Cut games. You can view all the tour records on the website www.behindtherocktour.com. What does all this mean? In “211” player’s play 11 games of 10 ball vs. The Ghost which means players break, take ball-in-hand and run balls in rotation until they foul, miss or run-out. Every ball pocketed scores one point. A Snap, Cut and COE defines they type of run-out a player had. A Snap simply means at least one ball was made on the break and the player ran out. A Cut means the player did not make a ball on the break, took ball-in-hand and ran out, and a COE means in the game following the Cut game he/she did not take ball-in-hand after the break. Brett had a total of 8 break and run games out of 12 games (if you break and run in your 11th game you shoot a 12th game to finish scoring the 11th game). This extraordinary performance by Lee Brett should inspire all players, pro’s and amateurs alike. Behind The Rock Tour (BTRT) is designed to inspire players to improve their games. The format forces players to take a real look at their skill level. It helps to identify problem skills, highlight personal great performances and it teaches everyone how important the break shot is regardless of the game. BTRT is designed for all skill levels using a 90% true handicapping system. What this handicapping system does is it let’s not the best player win, but players that have a personal high performance. This system starts all players at the same level each week at their individual average and it’s the player that plays above their average that is rewarded. BTRT just opened the Advanced and Advanced Scratch division which makes 5 divisions for players to play from: 2 scratch divisions for players just getting started and establishing their averages, Intermediate - 0-30 points (less than three balls per game), the Open division is 30-70 points (players will run an average of 3-7 balls per game or maybe slip in a Snap or Cut game along the way), the Advanced division are players who shoot a 70 and above for players who can consistently break and run 2-5 racks out of 11 games. All players start in a scratch division for 6 matches to establish an average and then are

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moved to a division according to skill level and assigned a handicap. This is a weekly combined national tournament that can be played out of any participating pool room. This is a tournament so players are not required to play every week, however players can play multiple matches a week if they choose. A new tournament starts every Sunday and closes every Saturday night. Every division pays a third of the field and is paid out every week. Tri-annual events are every 4 months with the next event scheduled for Aug. 4-5. All rooms will play simultaneously starting at 10:00am PDST from their local room. Two rounds are played and matches are uploaded to the website www.behindtherocktour.com, winners of round 1 are calculated and the top 75% of the field move to the Sudden death round. Sudden death is one match, it’s uploaded and the top one third of the field goes to the finals on Sunday for 2 matches. This is a very exciting event. As matches are completed they are uploaded to the website so players can see on the west coast what scores are coming in on the east coast (and vice/versa). To qualify for the tri-annual events, players need to have played 11 matches during the previous 4 months. If you’d like to play, talk to your local pool room owner and contact us at 253-226-3594 or info@behindtherocktour.com and let’s get you playing. Congratulations Lee Brett and Jing Gicoso on your new World Records in the Behind the Rock Tour’s 211 Tournament!

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Fisher REPEATS WPBA U.S. OPEN CHAMPION TULSA, OK - Gerda Hofstatter won the opening lag and break, pocketing the six and playing safe. Fisher missed the kick and with ball in hand, Gerda ran the rack to lead 1-0, but lost the safety battle in the next rack to give Allison her first game. Gerda got back to the table in game three, but Gerda missed a tough 8, leaving Allison a bank on the eight and an easy nine to pull ahead 2-1. In rack four, Gerda made a classic two ball shot, only to be called a foul. She protested the call and officials reviewed on the ESPN cameras and the call was reversed! She then proceeded to make a brilliant run-out to tie the match 2-2. The match tied again at 3-3, but then Allison took advantage of a foul and a 3-9 combo to lead 4-3, followed by a break and run to take the first two game lead in the match 5-3. In the ninth rack she won an early safety battle and ran out from the two ball to get to the hill 6-3. In the final rack, Allison had a dry break but Gerda missed a long cut on the 2. Allison was hooked, kicked to safe. Gerda left a shot though and Allison ran out to win her record 6th US Open title! The quarter final, semi final and final matches of the WPBA US Open 9-Ball Championships will be broadcast by ESPN in seven one-hour national shows, airing Saturday, July 14, (Quarterfinals 12-4pm on ESPN2) and Sunday, July 15, (Semifinals/Final 1-4pm on ESPN2). Fans and media view all final results at http://www.wpba.com/images/stories/ brackets/2012_us_open.pdf. Thanks for a great week at the River Spirit Event Center, adjacent to the River Spirit Casino at 81st and Riverside in Tulsa!

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Shane/New Iberia, LA In 8-ball what is better, to break from the rail or in the box??

Viper: Shane, I play so much 9-ball using the Magic rack that I am very used to breaking the balls from the rail. So, naturally I start off from there but if I find that I am not making balls on the break then I start moving my cue ball towards the center of the table to try and find the tables sweet-spot. Although, in 8-ball I break using the “Second-ball cut break”, in which I use a little inside-draw striking the second ball of the rack with medium speed. Be careful not to scratch. No matter what though, before your match its important to not just practice running balls but to also include practicing the break to find the best spot to break from during your match.

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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

Hector Otani/San Antonio, TX Does working out, as in weights or biking affect your stroke? Viper: Hector, I can’t answer for all pros but when I was younger I hired a personal trainer that did not know that I played professional pool for a living. He had me working out with weights three-times a week and after a while I noticed that I was muscling the ball around the table like I was the incredible Hulk! It was funny at the time but I had to learn the hard way and immediately stopped! Later in the my career, I met a personal trainer at the Denver Athletic Club, while being the house pro there, who really helped me develop a workout routine built just for me as a pool player. He had me doing a lot of cardio and most of all he got me into Yoga/Palate classes. These classes really helped with me with the mental part of the game as well, so I defiantly suggest going to your local gym and trying one of these classes out!

Morne Du Toit/Lichtenburg, North-West, South Africa Is there a way to break 'properly' @ if there, is how is it done? Viper: Morne, what’s important about the break is pocketing a ball and controlling the cue ball. Your cue ball never lies it always tells the truth! So if you have a powerfully strong break and pocket three balls but lose

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control of your cue ball by scratching then you obviously need to work on better control. If you control your cue ball and never pocket a ball then you need to move your cue ball around until you do pocket a ball on the break. And most of all, what helped me with my break was by reading/watching a books/DVD called “Racking Secrets” by pro player Joe Tucker. Go to his website: www.joetucker.net for more details and he even has some free videos that might help out.

Jimneezy Johnson/Vallejo, CA How can one master the use of inside English? Viper: Jimneezy, when I teach my classes I explain to my students that any English is like the dark side of pool…lol! It’s very difficult to apply, use, and master. Let me share a little secret about position, the only reason why you should apply English is to create something that does not exist and that is a natural angle! In the fantasy world of playing perfect pool, it’s best to always leave yourself a natural angle for your next shot! But in the real world of pool that doesn’t always happen…If your straight in on a shot and need to get position on a ball that is on the opposite side of the table then you would need to use right-hand English to get the ball to travel to the right. Just an FYI, to me by using topspin, center or draw is not really using English because you’re on a straightline access. I imagine using a clock system for applying English. For example, looking at the cue ball 1 PM-5 PM is used as right-hand English and 7 PM-11 PM is used for applying left-hand English. And just a rule of thumb, most of the time your only using the circumference size of a nickel to apply English on the cue ball. On top of this basic information there are tons of free videos on YOUTUBE and multiple books out there that can help explain English in more depth. Keep the questions coming… email them to me at Melissa@melissalittle.com or join my Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/wpbaviper

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I’m a firm believer that trying new games can quickly improve your pool skills. The new techniques and strategies involved in a new set of rules will broaden the situations and shots that you are comfortable with. There are few things sadder than an “eight ball player” who doesn’t want to try nine ball or 14.1 for fear that it will take away from his perfection at eight ball. Just the opposite is true -- nine ball will sharpen tough shot skills and 14.1 will improve pattern play. Carl Sandstrom is pool fanatic who seems to spend all his spare time thinking up new games to play. His “1-2-3” game is particularly designed to help with your pattern play. It is intended as a single-player practice game but you can compete for high score. The game starts as shown with the 1, 2 and 3 in front and the 7 stripes behind in the same shape as for 10 ball. Smash the balls open. Anything made on the break spots up, and you take ball in hand. The goal is to make the 1, 2 and 3 in order, but you have to make some stripes before you can pocket the low balls. You must make three stripes before the 1 and two before each of the 2 and 3. (This is similar to snooker, where you have to pocket red balls before you can go for higher-valued “colours”.) Scoring is by the number on each low ball, so a total of 6 points (1+2+3) is available per rack. The stripes are not worth anything. Any foul or miss ends the rack. You are not required to hit balls in order, so it is OK to play a stripe-1 combination when it is time to play the 1 ball. Balls spot when needed so that you can always complete a proper stripes/low ball sequence. That means that any ball made on the break spots up. To keep the table more open when spotting multiple balls, use the foot spot for the first ball, the center spot (between the side pockets) for the second ball and the head spot for the last ball. Also, if you make, for example, a low ball when playing a stripe, the low ball spots up immediately. Similarly, if you make a stripe when pocketing a low ball in its proper turn, the stripe spots up so you will have 2 stripes available before the next low ball. This game will teach you how to get through a run out. Since you are playing alone for score, there is no safety play. Figure out from the very first shot how you are going to solve any problems on the table. If there is a cluster of balls, get to it while there are still plenty of options. Try to have everything open by the time you shoot the 1 ball.

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For pattern situations, I like the way pool writer Larry Schwartz puts it. Think of the stripes as your “soldiers” who need to help you with the tasks at hand. Don’t just kill them without purpose. Too many eight ball players go through the early part of the rack pocketing their loose soldiers and then wonder why there is no one to help break up clusters or get position on the eight ball. For several other new games, visit Carl’s web site at sites. google.com/site/poolandbilliard/.

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There are players who maintain the same winning percentage year after year and wonder what they need to do to break through to the next level. The problem with these players is that they keep trying to solve tomorrow’s problems with today’s line of thinking. If you have reached the Plateau experience you need to make some inner game changes. In other words, you have to change the way you think for it is this thinking that has you stuck in the plateau experience. The plateau type of player comes to me more often than any other pool player. They are sick of the same old thing year after year. Many of them have tried other instructors with no real progress. We often have breakfast before we start our two day session and it is at this time I talk about building a mind set. You must have a specific set of values before you can realize progress in this game. A value is what drives us. Without a purpose we are floating around like a man who is treading water. I go over his purpose to make sure it is measurable and easy to understand. Our minds always move towards our values so we must establish a strong set of values. Have you ever heard a pool player say, “If that was for money I would not have missed that shot”? Or you hear the player say he cannot play well unless it is for money. There are players who cannot play for money and must play this game socially. Our values drive us so we need a clear understanding of what they are. Have you ever complained that you can’t play well when you are competing against a lesser player? But if you play that same person for a hundred dollars you would play much better. It is the same lesser player, different performance. The money in the second example was your value. You did not care about the guy you were

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playing. You only cared about winning. I spent the last year working on a new book. In this book I teach how to develop a strong value and how to design your training to reach that goal. This is a book about the golfer. I teach a principle that we advance the ball in accordance to the club we have in our hand which means we do not over swing a club to get ten more yards. The same applies to pool. We shoot the shot as it presents itself on the table. I don’t want to lean over the table for a shot I think I am going to miss. If it is a tough low percentage shot I will always tell myself I have a chance to succeed if I try real hard. In other words, give one hundred per cent and let the results be whatever they are. This technique of recognizing the value of the shot in front of you is taught in my Road Players Nine Ball training series. I have run so many tables with this thought. If you fall out of the boat and stay afloat so you can breathe you will be happy for a little while. Then it dawns on you that you will have to swim to shore. You will need to know which direction to swim. Then you need to get started with the idea that you will reach shore soon. This is the plateau experience. You are treading water. In order to reach the shore you will have to make an effort. And that effort is found within your values. Define your values and design your training to bring you to the goals. I will look for you in the winner’s circle.


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Mike Massey

Rapid Fire Wing Shots When preparing for this shot, place six additional object balls where shown. You must roll the object ball into the target zone by hand and shoot it into Pocket F while it is rolling down the table. The cue ball must be shot from behind Line X. I prefer to place the cue ball after letting go of the object ball because I feel this improves my rhythm. You can, however, have the cue ball in place prior to rolling the object ball or you can place it after letting go of the object ball.

Mike Massey

Nine time World Champion, Mike Massey is considered pool’s best trick shot artist. He was voted the “Best in History” and is a member of the BCA Hall of Fame. Mike’s most amazing accomplishments were in two 24 hour poolathons. In one he pocketed 8,090 balls playing with one arm. In the other poolathon he ran 330 racks of 9-ball in Austria on live TV. Mike has consulted or appeared in the movies, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, “The Baron and the Kid”, “Justice”, “Chalk”, and “Pool Hall Junkies” Mike is available for exhibitions and clinics. Please contact Mike or Francine Massey at 435.640.5787 or francine.massey@gmail.com

These so called Wing Shots are mostly timing and instinct. What makes the Artistic Pool version more difficult than the “normal” version is the cube of chalk in the foot spot. It can throw off your rhythm, which is crucial on a shot that requires such precision. I hold the cue ball and object ball in my left hand. I roll the object ball and place the cue ball in a smooth and continuous motion. Most good wing shot shooters shoot medium hard because they don’t have much time before the object ball reaches the zone. In competition we have to shoot seven shots in succession. The key is to stay cool and acquire a good rhythm. Plan on spending a lot of time practicing these shots if you intend to master them. Tom Rossman and Earl Strickland are excellent at wing shots. Minnesota Fats was also pretty good. Dan Willis was great at wing shots. In fact, I heard that he once made 30 in succession. In exhibitions I shoot one handed jacked up, while rolling the cue ball and object ball at the same time. I also shoot them one handed jacked up under my leg!

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Memorial Day

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Monday May 29th, The Broken Rack was proud to host our annual Memorial Day 8-Ball Tournament. The Broken Rack, located in Emeryville CA, added $300 to the pot in this $20 entry fee tournament. The format was double elimination, race to 3 winners/2 losers, BCA rules, and alternating break. Forty-one players from all over the Bay Area turned out to kick off a summer of pool. There were a lot of “down to the wire” matches with this short race format, which provided for much excitement. The match between Mike Suhr and Eric Harada to advance to the one-loss side finals went case game. Eric made a nice run out, but came up short for position on his last striped ball which was blocked by one of Mike’s balls. He called the opposite bottom right corner pocket. Nobody knew what shot Eric was shooting! He banked his last stripe two rails with shape on the 8-ball to win the game. Eric went on to defeat George Michaels to advance to the finals. Eric Harada faced an uphill battle in the finals because he had to beat Deo Alpajora two sets in this true double elimination format. In the first set, Eric played well taking advantage of some missed opportunities by Deo to win 3-1. The second set went case game, and Eric was faced with an open table, but a tough layout. Eric made a position error with only two stripes left and missed the last ball. Deo took advantage of an open table and ran out to win! Thank you to all the players who came out and participated in the Memorial Day tournament to make it a huge success. 1st: 2nd: 3rd: 4th: 5/6th: 7/8th:

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In other news about summer pool at The Broken Rack: The Rack will be hosting a Summer Straight Pool Tournament starting on Sunday, July 15th at 2 pm with a mandatory players meeting. The format will be single round robin, race to 150 with prizes going to winner of the most matches, the player with the highest total number of balls pocketed over the course of the Tournament, and to the player with the high run of the tournament. The entry fee will be $25 and, with 16 or more entries, The Rack will add $200. Everyone will play at least one match following the players meeting. Players will receive a roster with contact information for every player. Subsequent matches are to be scheduled at The Broken Rack at players’ mutual convenience, but all matches must be played by September 30. There will be no greens fee for matches played on July 15th, but thereafter there will be a greens fee of $5 per player per match. A score sheet will be turned in at the end of each match and a scoreboard will be on display in the room, so everyone can keep track of results as they come in. We think it will be a lot of fun. We’re also enhancing our Tuesday night Worldppa 9 Ball Tournaments. Currently, on the First Tuesday of every month, we raise the entry fee from $15 to $20 and, if there are 16 or more players, we add $100 to the prize fund. For the months of July, August and September we’ll be using the same format for both the first and third Tuesdays of the month plus we’ll be increasing the added money to $150 with 16 or more players on both nights. So whether you prefer higher payouts and increased completion or appreciate a lower entry fee of $15, we’ll have 9-ball tournaments for you this summer. Better yet, enjoy the best of both worlds—along with the 10% discount on food and beverage every tournament player receives—and come down every Tuesday.

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International Pool Championships! VNEA’s 32nd Annual

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NAME: Chad Behnke DATE: 2/1/12 HOME TOWN: Farley, Ia BIRTH DATE: 6/5/95 NICKNAME: Cheddar SCHOOL YOU CURRENTLY ATTEND: Western Dubuque High School GRADE: 11 FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: History AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING POOL? 5 TITLES/HIGH FINISHES: 2012 Acs Midwest 8-Ball Masters Champion 2011 Acs Midwest 8-Ball Masters Champion 2009 Iowa State Champion 2007 Iowa State Champion 2006 Super Billiards Expo 8-Ball Champion, 14 & Under Division WHAT KIND OF CUE(S) DO YOU USE? Schon, Predator Air LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED: Right SPONSORS: Cuesports International (CSi) FAVORITE BAND/MUSIC: Wiz Khalifa HOBBIES: Snowboarding

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Montana VNEA by: Don “Cheese” Akerlow Once in a lifetime to be on stage for the Awards Ceremony, the only glitch Dave Seavey had to re-book his flight and one other that would have cost him $800 so unfortunately he had to miss the ceremonies. Two members of the team came up to me after they came back from Vegas and told me, “It would have been so nice to have had our match filmed.” I agreed and told them we had live streamed for 3 years but not the past 2. A decision that had come down from the VNEA Headquarters. I expained how we could have had each of the two tables on the live stream at the same time and it would have been awesome, especially knowing everyone on the team and they are friends. This means so much to any amateur player, in the finals of a World Championship. I caught up with the team back in Bozeman at the Cats Paw. I think I was as excited for them as they were receiving all the accolades from everybody back home. The VNEA is second to none in team presentation. It is similar to an awards ceremony where they bring you out on stage to a packed room, at least twice the size of a basketball court during the

banquet. They announce your name and bring you on stage with fanfare, smoke and lights. It is a sight to see. Congratulations!!! Jim Hanson joined the team when Britton, Joe’s brother, decided to play at BCAPL Nationals and skip VNEA. Perhaps to Britton’s chagrin for the team placed 2nd in the World Regular Team Division (8-Ball) VNEA Championships (Mike Schaff, Adam Sansaver, Joe Schwartzer, Dave Seavey, Jim Hansen) The Cats Paw #2 team missed winning the point by a few balls then playing in the finals of the B side, they earned the chance to play the team from Portugal again. Dave said, “It was hard to answet their eight ERO’s in the finals and that’s what made the difference the second time. But for the mere opportunity to play in the finals, both the Men and Womens Teams should be proud as we are of them! Both teams are sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Gaming, Bozeman, Montana.

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by: Molly Jones This was a hard article to write, perhaps because I am tied to this experience in such a personal way. My journey has rewarded me with such incredible friendships and has been life changing on so many levels. I am so fortunate to have been a part of all this and forever grateful to the many memories I have been afforded, because of this great game... called pool... After a disappointing loss in the league championship tournament, the Hub #2 team of Mary Garcia, Janet Dunks, Molly Jones, Misty DeBates and Susie McRae (who was unable to attend), set the ball in motion for their trip to the 32nd Annual VNEA World Championships in Las Vegas. With help from Cliff and Judy Lorengo (Judy sang the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremonies) of Lorengo Logging in Anaconda and Mary Garcia of Mining City Taxi in Butte, the entry fee was paid. The addition of Candace Kamps, who had been down this same road the two years prior, playing on teams with Janet and Molly, finalized the team roster. Since Janet, Molly and Candace were moved up to Intermediate status after finishing 3rd in the regular division two years ago, the team was required to shoot Intermediate. But now it was time to step up to the plate because the teams in this division are fierce and as Mary Garcia stated, “these girls are mean”. New to the tournament in the Intermediate and Masters Divisions was the round robin format. We played all the teams in our bracket, for a total of 6 matches with the two teams having the best stats advancing to the finals. We outscored, gave up fewer points and won more individual games than any other team in our bracket,

and advanced to the finals. Winning our first 3 matches in the finals put us in the drivers seat for the championship match, but couldn’t hold off BP Cue Northern Lights for a 2nd place finish over all. Second place, we had to remind ourselves was quite a feat, second place in the world, in the Intermediate division, a milestone never reached by any other team, male or female from Montana. Advancing to Master status are teammates Janet Dunks, Molly Jones and Candace Kamps while Mary Garcia and Misty DeBates, our fierce little dynamo, move up to join the ranks of Intermediate. Playing in the Masters Team Event next year is the goal and placing there would be the ultimate dream come true. Janet Dunks and her phenomenal play throughout the tournament was rewarded by being selected to the All Star Team. She also made the finals and finished 5th/6th in 8-Ball Womans Singles in the Intermediate Division. Candace and her partner Dave Hubbard placed 3rd in the Scotch Doubles. We were the only team to pay our own way and I think having to finance our own trip made it more personal for all of us. It also validates our commitment to the game and the competition. And that dedication to the team started on Thursday night pool league, with players traveling collectively over 400 miles to play. More importantly though, it speaks to the bond of friendship, between a group of ladies, who played as a team, and left their mark in the world of pool.

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A Class Act at Northern

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estern BCA’s much anticipated 2nd Casino Tour Stop took us to Spokane, Washington. Northern Quest Resort & Casino lived up to its 4 Diamond rating and then some. The building and grounds were immaculate, the rooms were luxurious, the restaurants had something for every palate from gourmet to great burgers and the casino was gamers’ heaven. Enough cannot be said about the staff - to say we were treated like royalty is no exaggeration. This is a venue Western BCA will be pleased to keep on the Casino Tour Calendar.

29. New Western BCA member Rudy Boyd played his way to the point and had to wait to see who would come out of the back side to meet him in the final. Dan Hammond (INL), after losing to Rudy in the point match, decided he wanted another go at Rudy and defeated 3rd place finisher Brad Laskowski (NPL) to earn a seat in the final against Mr. Boyd. In the first final match, Dan took off and didn’t give Rudy a chance to get warmed up; winning by a score of 4-2 and the double dip was on. The second match started out much the same, as Dan took a 2-0 lead. Rudy, however, came alive at that point and capitalized on a few errors on Dan’s part to get the next 4 games and 1st place.

The spacious tournament room accommodated the 32 Diamond tables provided by Bad Boys Billiards Productions and still allowed for plenty of seating and spectating. . Bad Boys also handled tournament direction and mini-tournaments. Billiards 911 was on hand to take care of any equipment needs the players had. Referees Darryl Farley, Hal Sparrow and Al Hart ensured rules were followed and everybody played nice. Western BCA provided staff to assist with the event and to welcome the substantial number of players new to Western BCA.

The Combined Singles Division (Women Grand Masters, OpenA Men and Women Masters) with 33 entries (29 men & 4 women) got started at noon. There were 11 new Western BCA players in this division and they made their presence known. The eventual finalists met in the point match with Sunny Redthunder (WWA) remaining undefeated as he sent newbie Zack Biggs to the back side to take on Yo Jones (INL) to see who would go on to the finals. Zack wanted another 1ST MEN’S MASTER TEAM: MOJO SHOOTERS go at Sonny and left Yo in 3rd place. The Chuck Watkins, Derek Etten, Luke Bergeron, Dan Hammond final was even after 4 games and included some fine shot making by young Zack, including two runs. Game 5 was yet another The tournament room opened Wednesday, May 23 at noon as players began arriving Zack table run. Game 6 looked like a repeat, but he left himself a difficult 8-Ball to warm up on the tables. Scotch Doubles play began a 3pm with two divisions shot. He had to turn the cue ball loose and it found a pocket and Sonny got the taking to the tables. 6 pairs entered Master Mixed Scotch Doubles and played until game. The next two games were all Sonny, including a table run, and Sonny found two were left. Mary Hopkin (NPL) & Matt Horner (CC) [undefeated] waited for himself on the hill. The next game proved to be the final game. Zack shot into a Jessi Nester & Wayne Boyd, both new to Western BCA to join them in the final. cluster and the 8-Ball found a pocket, giving Sonny the title. Jessi & Wayne were clearly determined in the first set. Besides the expected fine play and table runs by both pairs, the match featured a grueling 15 safety game. In Women Open Singles also got started at noon with a field of 15. Linda the end, however, Jessi & Wayne prevailed to force a double dip. Mary & Matt fell Thompson, Women’s Senior Singles Champion at the 2012 Western BCA 8-Ball behind 1-2, but then took control, going on to win the next 5 games, including two Championships, would play new comer Amber Foster in the final. Both ladies table runs, the match and the championship. played well but Linda played a little better and took the match and the title by a score of 4-2. Open Scotch Doubles started with a field of 15 teams and battled until only At 3pm the Men’s Master Singles began with 9 entries, including several new faces two were left standing. The final was all newcomers. Steve Tamura & Benjamin Dwan (undefeated) waited for Travis Babcock & Donna Taylor to play for the title. Travis & Donna lost to Steve & Ben in the point match and went to the back side to play Thomas Mott & Gloria Villa (both LTD) for another shot at Steve & Ben. Thomas & Gloria had to settle for 3rd Place and Travis & Donna got their rematch. Steve & Ben proved to be a little too much for the newcomers, though, as they went on to capture 1st place. S E L G ’S B SIN Singles play began at 9am, 1S T M E N 1ST MEN’S/MIXED TEAM: HAVE CUES WILL TRAVEL Rudy Boyd Thursday, May 24 with 5 divisions Joe Gilliland, Al Primm, Tony Etchechoury represented. The Men’s B Singles got underway with a field of

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mark. In the end it was all seasoned Western BCA players, however, and the new kids will have to try again next time. Grand Master Stan Tourangeau (LTD) took on Eddie Carrido (WWA) for the point, sending Eddie to the back side to play Matt Horner (CC) for a spot in the final. Eddie had to settle for 3rd place while Matt went on to play Stan, who had sent him to the back side earlier. Stan and Matt came ED SINGLES P P A IC D to play and put on a N A 10-BALL H arraway C m Pa , ay clinic, trading table w Jim Con runs throughout the match. After 8 games they were tied 4-4 with only one of them NOT a table run. Matt got the next game with, you guessed it, a table run (5-4) and that gave the match to Matt. Final Part 2 got underway and Stan proceeded to show us why he’s a Grand Master, holding Matt to two games while he ran 4 tables on his way to the title. Great shooting by both players. Last but not least, the Men’s Senior Singles got on the tables at 4:30pm with 9 seasoned veterans playing for the title. In the end, it was two new Western BCA players in the final. Undefeated Bob Kollasch would play Ray Dwyer. The match started out with a break and run by Cowboy Bob (1-0). The two traded the next two games (2-1 Bob, then Ray made an early 8-Ball the next game and put Bob on the hill (3-1 Bob). Ray got the next game but, unfortunately for him, scratched on the break the next game and Bob ran out for the win and the title.

1ST OPEN SCOTCH DOUBLES Steve Tamura, Ben Dwan

1ST MEN’S MASTER SINGLES Stan Tourangeau

1ST MEN’S SENIOR SINGLES Robert Kollash

Next on the agenda was team play. The Men’s/Mixed Teams Division started out with 21 teams playing for the $2010 1st place check. Again, the two teams playing (Class Act continued on page 39)

1ST WOMEN’S OPEN SINGLES Linda Thompson

1ST COMBINED SINGLES Sonny Redthunder

1ST MIXED MASTER SCOTCH DOUBLES Mary Hopkin, Matt Horner

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MATCHROOM SPORT is pleased to announce that Diamond Billiard Products will be the Official Table Supplier to all Matchroom pool events in 2012. Following their debut at the 2011 Mosconi Cup, Diamond will now provide their top-of-the-range tables for the World Cup of Pool, World Pool Masters and of the course, the Mosconi Cup. Founded in 1987, Diamond is highly regarded both in the United States and around the world and is the Official Table of major events such as the US Open, the Derby City Classic, US Open One-Pocket Championship, US Open 10-Ball Championship as well as all WPBA events. In addition it is the popular choice among tournament players across the United States. Diamond tables will make their 2012 Matchroom debut at the PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool which takes place at Robinsons Place in Manila, Philippines from 4th to 9th September. From there the next event is the long-running PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters which runs over the weekend of 5th, 6th & 7thOctober. Finally, the action moves to the historic York Hall in London’s Bethnal Green for the 19th annual Mosconi Cup as two five man teams representing USA and Europe do battle from 10th to 13th December.

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BCAPL Team Captain Wins McDermott Cue Las Vegas, NV. - June 6, 2012 – CueSports International (CSI) wishes to congratulate Tammy Brooks, of the BCAPL sanctioned Rochester Pool League, as the winner of the 36th BCAPL National Championships Team Captain McDermott cue drawing. The drawing was open to all 875 BCAPL Team Captains who participated in the 8-Ball team divisions at the 36th BCAPL National Championships held this past month in Las Vegas. Brooks was the Team Captain of team “Wanna Check My Rack?” which competed in the Women’s Open Team division. When contacted about winning the commissioned McDermott BCAPL cue, Brooks exuberantly said, “This is great, awesome!” The special commemorative cue, valued at $495, was specially commissioned by CSI and designed and made by McDermott Handcrafted Cues. It features a Birdseye Maple forearm with 6 Recon Ebony points with Recon Ivory “spear” inlays, a Recon Ebony sleeve with 6 Recon Ivory/Zebrawood “spear” inlays, Zebrawood / silver rings, the McDermott G-Core Shaft, and a black 1487 N Curtis Rd Boise, ID

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June 16-17, 2012, Malarkey’s Pool & Brew in Tacoma, WA hosted the NWPA’s third tour stop of the 2012 season. In previous years, the tournament was ran on ten 9-foot Brunswick Centennial tables, but this year only nine were available as the room has made space for a heated 3-cushion table, a recent acquisition with the Elks, Tacoma Chapter closing its doors. Friendly staff and great food (did someone say bacon?) made for a fun filled weekend of competition. We would like to thank Mueller for their continued support of the NWPA and Rail2Rail Productions for providing a free live stream for the entire event. Please check out their websites for cool product information (www.mueller.com) and a current 2012 streaming schedule (www.rail2rail.tv). One player was new to the NWPA this event, Ms. Trinh Lu, who typically competes on the Southern California Ladies’ 9 Ball Tour, joined us for the weekend. We would like to extend a big thanks to her for making the journey up to the NW for one of our stops. Women of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, find out more information at www.nwpatour.wordpress.com. Player rewards were plentiful and included our usual scratch tickets for Break&Runs ($3) and 9 Ball Breaks ($1), along with player reward raffle, all entrants were included in the blind draw… Prizes included: Cue Extension, Pocket Billiards Book, WPBA RTC Shirts, Pink QClaw (donated by Billiards 911) Billiards Supply Bundles (Moose Bridge, Tip Tool, Chalk Holder, Key Ring, Shaft Burnisher). Twenty-eight ladies came out to play on Saturday morning and all of the tour’s top players were out in force trying to secure their position as we near the half-way point of the NWPA season. Early round play progressed with few upsets, although a rematch of our last stop’s final took place during the 3rd round. Jana Montour, after being down 6-2, rallied back to win the match 7-6 over Kim Jones. Only eight ladies returned on Sunday. A side matches included Jana

Montour (fresh off her best finish on the WPBA- T13-16 at the US Open) vs. Shari Ross and Deby Welfringer vs. Suzanne Smith. Jana defeated Shari 7-2, while Deby advanced by a slimmer margin 7-6, over Suzanne. Jana and Deby duked it out for the hot seat, with Jana advancing to her third final in as many stops, 7-2. On the B side, Liz Cole played Kit Dennis and Mary Hopkin played Kim Jones. Liz and Kim advanced through their morning matches, by the same score, 6-2. Second round play saw Shari defeat Liz 6-4, while Kim defeated Suzanne 6-3. Kim then played Shari, and barely escaped that battle as Shari pocketed the 9 hill-hill, but scratched. Kim then faced Deby to earn a shot at the final. Kim continued her solid shooting to defeat Deby 6-4. FINAL MATCH UP: Jana Montour vs. Kim Jones (rematch of NWPA Tour Stop #2 Final, where Kim was the winner 9-3) Path to Final- Jana: Bye, Sandy B (2), Kim J (6), Shari R (5), Deby W (2) Path to Final- Kim: Sheila C (3), Cindy S (1), loss to Jana (6), Mary H (2), Suzanne (3), Shari (5), Deby (4) Similar to the #2 final, Kim started this match shooting lights out and gained a 4-0 lead before Jana got on the board. In the sixth rack, Kim capitalized on a missed 8 ball to take a 5-1 lead. Jana then turned up the heat and took the next six racks to put her up 7-5 over Kim. The ladies exchanged racks through the end of the set, Jana winning the final by a score of 9-7 solidifying her position on top of the NWPA standings, Kim in second, and Liz Cole in third. Our next event will be hosted at Black Diamond Billiards in Spokane, WA July 14-15, 2012. On display will be a custom cue donation by Mr. Dave Jones that will be raffled off at the following stop. Congratulations ladies and see you in Spokane! Main Event Results 1st $500 Jana Montour 2nd $325 Kim Jones 3rd $230 Deby Welfringer 4th $160 Shari Ross 5/6th $100 Liz Cole/Suzanne Smith 7/8th $75 Kit Dennis/Mary Hopkin Eight ladies returned on Sunday for the $200 added Second Chance tournament. Alisha Rogers and Cindy Sliva ended up being the last two ladies. Cindy defeated Alisha 4-0 in the final to earn top prize. Second Chance Results 1st $65 Cindy Sliva 2nd $45 Alisha Rogers 3rd $35 Sandy Badger 4th $25 Talya Makus 5/6th $15 Joyce Robinson/Shelby Locati

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Las Vegas, NV. - May 25, 2012 – The 36th BCAPL National Championships concluded with the team competitions. The 11 day event which has been called “the Greatest Pool Tournament in the World” was held May 9-20 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. There were 930 teams competing across eight team divisions. The largest team division was the Mixed Open Team. With $12,500 awarded to the top finisher, play was highly competitive, and with 680 teams this group was also about endurance. Team McDermott from Wisconsin, after a first round bye, won their next eight matches to be relegated to the one loss side by Dick’s Picks

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from Nevada. However, they heaped their revenge two matches later when they came back to double dip Dick’s Picks in the finals 13-9 and 13-11. In an emotion filled Women’s Open Team final late in the last night of the competition, Texas team How’s My Rack screamed for joy as they outlasted 123 other women’s open teams to take the $3,600 first place prize. The Mixed Advanced Team division, which is comprised of more advanced to master level players, had 22 teams and was a race to 11. After an early loss in the third round, the Taiwan Typhoon from Taiwan won their next five matches on the one loss side to face Night Magic from Alberta, Canada. The typhoon blew the magic out of the Canadians double dipping them in the final 11-4 then 11-9 to take the $4,000 first place check. The Women’s Advanced / Master team had some well known teams and some new faces in the group. In this division another women’s team from Texas was in the finals as was the case with the Women’s Open Team division. The Nothin’ But Trouble ladies from Texas took on Smokin’ Eights from Las Vegas, a team new to this division. Again Texas women were the victors. Two divisions which is always popular is the Mixed Trophy Team. This year saw 90 teams compete in this popular division. The West Coast Pirates from British Columbia, Canada, lived up to their name and pillaged their opponents throughout the competition. Only the Crown Unchampions, who came from the one loss side to the finals showed signs of pelting the pirate crew. But in set two, the Canadian team fought back to win. The Women’s Trophy Team was decisively won by the Queen B’s from Kentucky although Crown Ball Busters from California worked hard to de-thrown the “Queens” they fell short with the team from the blue grass state taking home 1st place. On the last day of the event, 55 teams regrouped to compete in the one day 9-Ball Team compitition. 2011 Men’s Mixed Master 8-Ball 2nd place finishers, Who Needs a Billiards Coach? from Minnesota won this year’s Mixed 9-Ball Team division. Once in a Mil from Iowa defeated Short ‘n Surly from California to win the Women’s 9-Ball division. As this year’s event wound down and the approximate 300 Diamond tables were loaded back onto the trucks to return another day, talk of the 2013 was on

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many player’s lips about getting ready for the 37th BCAPL National Championships at its new home, the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. To view online all of the brackets for the 36th BCAPL National Championships, the 2nd USAPL National Championships, the 13th US Open One Pocket Championship and the 4th US Open 10-Ball Championship, visit the CueSports Tournament System at www.ctsondemand.com. You may search by player or team name or can view by division or tournament. For more information about the BCAPL visit www.playbca.com. CueSports International (CSI) is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past seven years CSI has directly paid out approximately Seven Million Dollars to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit www.playcsipool. com, www.playbca.com and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions. CSI leads the billiard industry in the development of technology. For more information on the state-ofthe-art software systems for league and tournament management visit www.leaguesys.net and www.

ctsondemand.com. Quotes from the HOW’S MY RACK? team: From Monica Anderson: “The team, that I had the pleasure of playing with to win the 2012 BCAPL Women’s Open Team National Championship, was strong in spirit, heart, fun and playing abilities---bar none. The team was a stellar Texas roundup of women that all have proven to be champions on and off the table and it was an experience I will never forget!” From Connie Svoboda: “This was the most awesome win I’ve ever experienced and it was with the most awesome team of ladies!!!” From Jennifer Pavlovick: “Achieving a national title is a very sweet feeling and I’m extremely proud 2ND - DICKS PICKS (NV) to have been a part of this team. Anyone who’s ever played at nationals knows that the team event can be quite grueling but that wasn’t the case playing with my teammates. For 4 straight days we were focused, supportive, and playing some pretty sporty pool. It was a tournament dream that ended with a real trophy and great memories. “ From Lisa Dawson: “Winning was great but the friends I made are forever going to change my life.” From Melinda Bailey: “To win a National Championship is truly a dream come true! Truly. I almost can’t put into words how much this means to me. And to win the event with an amazing group of friends, was icing on the cake! “

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Lucky

Vegas Vacation

Cont…..Oh Vegas…. I had been hanging around a week in tournament area and my room. A day left for the singles tournament. I watched some people playing especially a women player Shelby Locoti. She was tearing up the competition in the BCAPL nationals. She exhibited of some pretty excellent shooting skills. Shot with much poise. Wished Lucky was here to see this girl play. Maybe he will get back to Vegas in time to check her out!. I thought by now Lucky would have called me. I thought I should call him to see how things are going. I called his cell no answer I did leave a message…. “In Vegas hope to see you soon”. I know when Lucky was available he would call. I won’t worry yet. I’ll wait another day to start worrying. ……..I’ll come down find some small action. I noticed a few new faces looking for action, many of the old faces were not there. Many of those were young players. That was a good sign that pool was not dead and the new breed was maintaining the tradition of pool. It is what makes pool have so much excitement. Rumor was that there was a 10 thousand dollar match at Best Billiards pool hall across town. Harry Platis was in action. Harry is a well known player with the ability to gamble. It dawned on me that could be Lucky in action at the pool hall. I went to my room to change cloths to go to the pool hall and turned on the TV to catch a few minutes of the free streaming 10ball championships and in the background I saw a figure sitting there I said to myself that looked like Lucky….. I looked at my cell phone and I had a missed call. Scrolled through calls, It was Lucky, he left a message on my cell, “I am at the tournament, what room do we have?’ Says he was watching the 10 ball and Earl Strickland just got told to shut the F&%# k up by the player on the next table. I guess Earl was whining again….“Earl’s mouth always gets him in trouble”. Lucky says he would like to play Earl some time, and he might be in the mood after this loss. Earl’s a little dense and has to be told, “Never under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night”. Might not figure it out on his own. Well I knew Lucky was here and could rest easy now. He wasn’t at the pool hall. But I did want to know what happen especially after that strange dream he had….. I ran into Lucky walking down the hall way and we took his small bag to the room…. ”That DAMN Spirit airlines. NEVER Again”…..”They gave me the biggest run around or I would have been here days ago”. Curious I asked him. As Lucky told the story about Spirit I had heard several people at event who took Spirit to Vegas complain about cancellations and delays. It was if everyone who booked flights with Spirit had horror stories. “Our flight was a fully booked flight. About an hour before scheduled departure, the notice board was suddenly changed from 8:50 to 10:00. Shortly thereafter, an employee said departure would be at 9:57; upon inquiry, she said it was because the plane was delayed somewhere else. Perhaps 30-40 minutes after that, it was announced that departure would be at 10:12 PM. Shortly thereafter, that was changed to 10:32 PM; not long after that, to 10:42

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PM. By this time, it was around 9:35 or perhaps 9:45. All of a sudden we witnessed another plane’s passengers boarding our plane. We were asked to move over to their gate. These passengers were telling us as we were passing in the concourse they had been sitting on their plane for an hour and they were putting them on another plane. It was obvious Spirit was giving our plane to another group. As the time lengthens there was widespread panic and anger. A number of passengers had connections to other cities and weren't getting satisfactory responses. Spirit continued to blame everything on the weather so that they could evade any responsibility. Lucky said “We all started to look for other flights when they told us they were cancelling our flight” Spirit made us go to ticket counter to arrange other flights after two hours in line we at the middle to the end of the line were finding out that all flights were full and booked. It would be days before they could get us on flights. Lucky said that he spent the night and asked the next day when he could leave. “Four days” he was told. Lucky said he got mad. He rented a car and drove to Las Vegas 4 days, he found out he beat the flight by a day. Spirit airline is so stupid. Never again!!! “Well, glad you are here” I said I asked Lucky “how everything went in Ashville” He said that is old girl friend’s husband was sick and died. He was there for support and the funeral. Says he lifted her spirits the best he could. Her husband was smoking the past 20 years and it caught up with him. He wouldn’t quit. Lucky “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. There is no wealth but life.” “Don’t squander it away by smoking or drinking it does shorten your life.” “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are at”. We were walking down to the action room conversation started on oil companies again. I asked the question to Lucky: Last year one company made 640 Million. Oil companies say they don’t make anything money. The high prices are all due to taxes? Which is it?… Lucky says Taxes are part of it, federal taxes are about .18 cents a gallon that’s all, state taxes are about .28 on average. About $1.60 per gallon goes for the rest, to buy the crude, refining it and distribution and marketing it. Lucky that still doesn’t add up to $4.00 a gallon? That is about $2.10 a gallon. 1.90 plus is left over, most of which goes to stock holders. A dollar of that goes to stock holders the rest to oil company to reinvest….. Lucky says you have to ask yourself a few things …..Rhetorically buying Oil stock costs about $76 dollars a share. Who can buy it ?? What is the percentage of population that owns oil stock ?? Lucky says only about 1.5% owns oil stock. How many people own tens of thousands of shares?. But most of the country thinks it’s our government that is causing the high gas prices… Lucky, ha ha ha That’s what some people think!!! Lucky said “Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.” There is not that many slow people out there they usually figure it out. I hope it’s not too late. But it is a tragedy people

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will deny the truth even when it right in front of us. I guess Lucky was bitching about stuff, a lot to think about driving to Vegas…. We walked into the action room to see what was going on. The Riviera had built a wall to the old action room. Walked in and there was, Glenn Atwell was hanging out. I told Lucky I knew him. Lucky says he reads ON THE BREAK and Glenn has been on the front page more than once. “Glenn’s a Bar Table champion”. Glenn was trolling for action a rare occurrence. He had a backer with him. Lucky started a conversation with Glenn and Glenn politely asked Lucky to play. Glenn had sized up Lucky, race 5 for $200, Lucky said “why not” Lucky knew if he gave Glenn a shot that he was more than capable of running out the short set. Glenn played very good after even did run out a set to 5, and was ahead $600 when Glenn wanted to bump the bet the whole time knowing he had the nuts. Some complaining that it wasn’t enough. So Lucky said same race to a thousand, Glenn check with backer and it was a GO!. They flipped Glenn won the first break. He ran 3 and 4th game hooked Lucky… Lucky just kicked it in and won that game. Lucky made two nine ball breaks to tie score. Lucky broke and made 6 balls with hangers to win and then ran out. Lucky won the $1000. Glenn said “the race is too short” Lucky agreed and said $2000 race to 11. Nods of the heads and they were starting. Lucky had 1st break didn’t make a ball. Glenn stated running balls when he dogged one, like the six.. It didn’t take long before Glenn was starring at people in crowd. Some sweater was eating a bag of potato chips. I know the crunch bothered Glenn. Trying to be polite Glenn was asking people to be quiet or not to move around so much. It was over at that point for Glenn. He was indirectly admitting he wasn’t focused. Lucky said “hey potato chips sound good”, could someone get some for me”…The little snack bar was right outside the room and before long Lucky was munching and crunching chips. Lucky fully aware of that milked the score to 9-9 and than just went ahead and won. As tough of a player as Glenn is, Glenn made it easier. Another $2000 It wasn’t fancy or it didn’t need to be. Glenn didn’t know what just happened. Glenn figured he just was not with it today. They played one more for $2000. Glenn won some games and Lucky won some games the score kept pretty even until the end of the set. Lucky just made some unorthodox balls. Shot some too hard into the rails, lost the rock and still balls went in. It looked like he slopped balls in, but I knew they were calculated. Lucky got paid, they were done. Glenn said it best. “The tragedy of life is not that you lose, but that you almost wins”. Even if Glenn was playing his best pool he would have never won and never know why. Ahead $5000 and the old man just looks lucky. It was almost time to leave Vegas and the Riviera. Dread leaving saying good bye to it all. We went up to pack. Lucky basically missed Vegas this year. Next year the event is in a new place the Rio. There will be new people to play I would bet on it.


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IT’S DYANMITE IN DOHA! IN A LEGENDARY EPIC THRILLER, DARREN “DYNAMITE” APPLETON WINS THE WORLD 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A 13-12 VICTORY OVER LEE HE WEN

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By Ted Lerner Photos courtesy Vinod DivaKaran, Doha Stadium Sports Weekly June 22-29, 2012 (Doha, Qatar)--In one of the most thrilling and surreal finals ever witnessed in pool history, England’s Darren Appleton won the 2012 World 9-ball Championship, barely beating China’s Lee He Wen, 13-12 in front of hundreds of stunned fans inside Doha’s Al Sadd Sports Club. It was a match that had everything that the sport of pool could possibly offer; fantastic, clutch shot making, an unbelievably impossible comeback, edge of your seat drama that was downright unbearable, and a finish that blew the roof off the house. For Appleton, the win is his first World 9-ball Championship and is the culmination of a dream he has held since turning to pool from English 8-ball in the mid-2000’s. With his World 10-ball crown in 2009, his double US Opens in 2010 and 2011, and now the World 9-ball Championship, Appleton can certainly lay claim to be one of the greats of all time. For Lee, he came within a whisker of nearly pulling off a comeback for the ages, and at the same time, earned for himself the admiration of legions of pool fans around the world who were in awe at the 31 year old’s tenacity and never-say-die spirit. What’s more striking for Lee is that midway through the match he was nothing more than an afterthought to a sure coronation for Appleton. Lee, who had beaten Ralf Souquet in the semis, was absolutely and thoroughly written off by every single person who was watching in person or following the match online streamed over the Al Kass Sports channel. That’s because after handily taking down Japan’s Naoyuki Ohi in the semi-final, Appleton raced out of the starting gates in the race to 13, alternate break final

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and was streaking towards a total rout on the way to the title. After splitting the first four racks, Appleton caught the type of gear every single pro player dreams about when they wonder how they would hope to play in a championship final. He had several break and run outs, he punished every mistake Lee made, and as he piled up the racks and his lead grew ever wider, he literally oozed confidence. Clearly in that rarefied zone that’s only reserved for the great champions, Appleton soon found himself out in front 9-2. Lee got one rack back to make it 9-3, but that didn’t deter the Englishman as a break and run and a clear off a scratch by the Chinese pushed the score to 11-3. At this point, the score line and the body language of both players told the whole story; the match was surely over and it was just a formality of going through the last few motions before Appleton would be lifting the trophy. It was such a sure thing that Appleton’s fans on Facebook took to congratulating “Darren Appleton, the new World 9-ball Champion.” When Lee grabbed the next rack to make the score 11-4, nobody even thought anything of it. When Appleton failed to convert off a foul by Lee in the next rack, and even scratched to help get Lee to 11-6, it still didn’t mean anything to anyone. Indeed Appleton, for all intents and purposes, put the match away in the next rack when he cleared the colors after Lee left a safety open, and moved to within one of the world title. But then, with Appleton leading 12-6, that moment came, that mysterious (Doha continued on page 38)

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(Shenyang, China)--Capping an all around solid week of pool with yet another air tight performance, Britain’s Kelly Fisher won the 2012 WPA Women’s World 9-ball Championship with an emphatic 9-6 victory over Chinese superstar Fu Xiaofang, in front of a packed house inside the Richgate Shopping Center in this northeastern Chinese city. With the victory Fisher now holds the distinction of being the only woman to ever hold the World 9 ball and World 10-ball Championships all at the same time. But perhaps more importantly, the win cemented Fisher’s status as the hottest player in the women’s game right now, and is a lasting testament to years of toil, long travel and plenty of near misses to go along with a lot of W’s. With the victory she will now claim the mantle of WPA World Number 1. It was an all-around brilliant Thursday for the 34 year old from Yorkshire, as she took down two huge names in Chinese pool on their own turf. The opening salvo came with a dramatic match against 2009 World 9-ball Champion Liu Shasha in the semi-finals. Fisher had to slog it out for over two hours and the contest went down to the last ball, with Fisher claiming a heart stopping 9-8 win by a whisker. The final started well for both players. Fisher won the lag and broke and ran for the early lead. Fu stepped up and did the same to tie the match at 1-1. Fu then stepped on the gas for the next twenty minutes, performing perfectly, winning two safety battles sandwiched around a break and run, to go up 4-1. Fu had clearly caught a gear and was well on her way to clearing the next rack for a massive 5-1 lead. But as she stretched far over the table to line up a shot, the referee called a foul, saying she had touched a ball with her shooting hand. As so happens in pool, one small incident mysteriously sends the momentum, and the roll of the balls, over to the other side. Fisher cleared the table to cut the lead to 4-2. She then caught a break in the subsequent rack when an over-hit cue happened to land on a 6-9 combination, which she nailed.

Fu then missed a long one ball and Fisher cleared to tie at 4-4. In rack 9, Fisher grabbed her first lead at 5-4 when Fu left a safety open. After the pair traded break and runs, Fisher started tightening the screws. She won the next rack after she buried Fu in a lockdown safety, forcing Fu to scratch. With Fisher up 7-5, Fu lost another when she inexplicably failed to hit a rail after trying to hide the balls. Fu cut the score to 8-6 but Fisher went out in style with a break and run to reach the holy grail. But as the last 9 ball fell, Fisher didn’t realize that she had won, as she thought match was a race to 11. Only when she looked up and saw Fu shaking her hand and the photographers furiously snapping photos did she realize she was the new World 9-ball Champion. After receiving the golden trophy and drinking in the accolades from the throng of fans, an ecstatic Fisher said she was not only happy with her accomplishment, but also with the way she did it. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” a beaming Fisher said. “I can’t explain what I’m feeling. I just can’t believe it. I played really solid tonight. I played solid all week. Overall I’m really happy with my performance.” As usual with all the Chinese pool stars, Fu was the model of graciousness in defeat. She admitted, however, that the foul in rack six affected her frame of mind. “After I fouled, the match seemed to change,” she said. “And my emotions changed. I wasn’t the same after that.” Fu also confessed that playing in a world championship final in China with millions of fans expecting her to win brought on almost unbearable pressure. “The finals were stressful,” Fu said. “I’m Chinese and everyone in China wants me to win.” Fisher, who pocketed $40,000 for her win, pointed to Fu’s foul in rack six as the point where the match turned. But after a week where she played brilliantly and won two 9-8 thrillers in the knockout stage, the new world champion figured there must be a much bigger picture involved. “She was playing well until that foul,” Fisher said. “That was the turning point. But you know this week somebody has been by my side.”

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IT’S DYANMITE IN DOHA! turning point where the balls, seemingly impregnated with a mind of their own, had had enough of catering to the Englishman’s every whim, and abandoned him like the plague. It happened when after breaking in rack 19, Appleton had a wide open layout to the finish line and the world championship. But with just four easy balls left, he inexplicably snookered himself. Appleton was forced to play safe but a counter safe led to a foul and another rack for Lee. From there on, everything went Lee’s way, while Appleton couldn’t buy a piece of fortune. Appleton blew a push out and Lee cleared to make it 12-8. Appleton left a safety open and Lee cleared again. Then Lee broke and ran to make the score 12-10. Having come back from sure defeat, Lee was suddenly in freewheeling mode, playing without a care in the world. Appleton, on the other hand, looked like he was bearing the weight of several worlds squarely on his shoulders. And it would only get worse. Lee moved to within one at 12-11 when Appleton tried to jump but missed and left the shot on, allowing Lee to run out. With the drama building to a massive crescendo, Lee then coolly stepped up in the next game and broke and ran. After 24 racks, the World Championship was to be decided by one single frame. With the crowd in a state of disbelief, and the tension in the arena at the boiling point, a shell shocked Appleton, who had only moments prior been waltzing his way to the world title, gamely stood up to give it one last go. He got the one ball down on the break. But the 2-ball was unavailable and he played a safety. Lee then played a counter safety. Appleton then pulled out his jump stick and proceeded to make history; he jumped the cue ball over the blocking ball and potted the 2-ball at a fairly sharp angle straight into the side pocket. The crowd erupted as a suddenly rejuvenated Appleton grabbed his cue and then picked off the remaining colors. As the 8-ball fell and left the Englishman with

started feeling the heat.” For Lee he had figured the match was over when he was down 11-3 and he never considered he could come back until a few racks later, when he started to notice Appleton getting concerned. “At first I didn’t think I could catch up,” Lee said through an interpreter. “Then at 12-6 I started to play well because it was like I had already lost the match so I was relaxed. When I started to get close to him I could feel that he was nervous and then I started to get excited, thinking I can win.” But while Lee nearly made a miracle comeback, it was Appleton who pulled off the miracle win, at the very last chance. “If I’d have lost that match I would have jumped off a bridge,” Appleton said. “But I played the best rack of my life that last rack. Incredible. I can’t believe what just happened.” 1st $40,000 Darren Appleton 2nd $20,000 Lee He Wen Total Prize Fund: $300,000

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an elementary shot on the championship ball, Appleton let out a shout and pumped his fist. Then as the 9-ball fell Appleton roared like a proud lion. He then threw down his stick and impulsively jumped up on the pool table with his arms held high, shouting in joy and relief, pumping his fists as the crowd lustily cheered him on. After taking in the cheers, the hugs and congratulations from well wishers, Appleton tried to figure out what had just happened. “At 11-3 down I lost my focus,” Appleton said. “That’s because I had played so good up to that point. I was anxious to get it over with. And I’m thinking, I can’t lose, he needs a miracle. At 12-6 I was sure it was over because I had the easiest clearance you could ever have. But I snookered myself because I had too much adrenalin. Then after that, nothing happened for me. Around 12-10 I

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TOURNAMENTS DAY Mondays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

LOCATION Ballad Town Billiards Pub 181 River Road House K C Midway Silver Dollar Ballad Town Billiards Underground Sports Bar Greek Village Silver Dollar Ballad Town Billiards Rackem Jake’s Bar & Grill Ballad Town Billiards Pub 181 Rodders Rodders Greek Village Jake’s Bar & Grill Jake’s Bar & Grill (2nd/last) Ballad Town Billiards River Road House NiteHawk Sam’s Billiards

PHONE (503) 357-1111 (503) 666-4457 (503) 653-5885 (503) 656-9501 (541) 888-5634 (503) 357-1111 (503) 848-8888 (503) 643-2119 (541) 888-5634 (503) 357-1111 (541) 779-6111 (503) 362-3600 (503) 357-1111 (503) 666-4457 (503) 650-2363 (503) 650-2363 (503) 643-2119 (503) 362-3600 (503) 362-3600 (503) 357-1111 (503) 653-5885 (503) 285-7177 (503) 282-8266

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball BCA 2/2 DE 8-Ball - B & below 9-Ball Open 9 Ball-Now on Diamond Tables Players Choice 9-Ball/BCA 3/2 DE 9-Ball Open 8 & 9-Ball No Masters 8-Ball 8-Ball/BCA 2/2 DE 8-Ball 8 Ball-Open Handicap (3rd Sat) Darts: Cricket/501 9-Ball 8-Ball 9-Ball (starts after 8-Ball) 8 & 9-Ball No Masters 9-Ball Open - Race to 3 Scotch Dbls-Bring partner 9-Ball BCA 3/2 DE 8-Ball ‘B’ Players 8 Ball Straight Pool (1st Sun.)

ENTRY $5+$2 g.f. FREE $5 FREE $5 $5+$2 g.f. $5-B/$10-M $5 $5 $5+$2 g.f. Call $5+$3 g.f. $7 $5 $3 $3 $5 $5+$3 g.f. $10+$5 g.f. $5+$2 g.f. $3+$2 g.f. $3M/$2W $15

ADDED $3 $3/player Matching $3/player $$$ w/9+ $3/player $3/player Call $$$ w/9+ $3 Call $5/player $5/player Matching Matching Call Call $5/player $5/player $3 Matching $100 Call

TIME 7:30PM Call 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM Call 7:00PM 7:00PM 11:00AM 7:00PM Call 2:30PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 6:00PM 11:00AM

CITY Alexander WIlliston Williston

LOCATION Hi Way Lounge Cattails Lounge Cattails Lounge

PHONE (701) 828-3100 (701) 572-2679 (701) 572-2679

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball 8-Ball 9-Ball

ENTRY $5 $5 $5

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TIME 8:30PM 2:00PM 2:00PM

Tuesdays Fridays Sundays

Sun Valley Sun Valley Sun Valley Sun Valley

Harvey’s Harvey’s Harvey’s Harvey’s

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Mondays

Riverside Sacramento

Shooters Jointed Cue Family Billiards House of Billiards Broken Rack Jointed Cue Hard Times CA Billiard Club Shooters Hard Times Family Billiards DVPL CA Billiard Club CA Billiard Club (last Sat) Shooters Hard Times CA Billiard Club CA Billiard Club (last Sun)

(951) 785-9588 (916) 456-3243 (415) 931-1115 (818) 400-3693 (510) 652-9808 (916) 456-3243 (562) 867-7733 (650) 965-3100 (951) 785-9588 (562) 867-7733 (415) 931-1115 (510) 861-0812 (650) 965-3100 (650) 965-3100 (951) 785-9588 (562) 867-7733 (650) 965-3100 (650) 965-3100

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$11 $5 $20 $15 $20 $5-$15 $17 incl g.f. $11 $11 $10 $20 Call $11 $22 $20 $20 $10 $20

Call Call Call Call $100 1st Tues only $50 $100 w/20+ Call Call Call Call Call Call $100 $$$ Call Call $100

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Emeryville Sacramento Wednesdays Bellflower

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Concord

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Click on the MAP link online to get directions to each location DATE CITY LOCATION PHONE EVENT / RULES Jul 1 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p36) (503) 282-8266 Straight Pool Jul 14 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p36) (503) 362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players Jul 14-15 Spokane, WA NWPA (see ad p16) (206) 920-1936 9-Ball at Black Diamond Jul 20-28 Tunica, MS Southern Classic (see ad May) southernclassictournament.com 9-Ball Banks One Pocket 9-Ball Jul 20-22 Tunica, MS CSI (see ad May) (702) 719-7665 8-Ball - Men’s Open Division 8-Ball - Women’s Division 8-Ball - Men’s Sr (55+) Division 8-Ball - Juniors Division Jul 21-22

Reno, NV

TWCWT (see ad p16)

(510) 861-0829

Jul 21-22 Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p36) (650) 965-3100 Jul 23-25 Tunica, MS CSI (see ad May) (702) 719-7665 Jul 28 Boise, ID The Pocket (see ad p26) (208)-375-2474 Aug 5 Portland, OR Sam’s Billiards (see ad p36) (503) 282-8266 Aug 4-5 Bellflower, CA HardTimes (see ad p16) (562) 867-7733 Aug 4-5 Varies Behind the Rock (see ad p19) (253) 226-3594 Aug 11 Salem, OR The Cue Ball (see ad p36) (503) 362-9740 Aug 11-12 Bellevue, WA NWPA (see ad p16) (206) 920-1936 Aug 18-19 Mtn View, CA CA Billiard Club (see ad p36) (650) 965-3100 Aug 18-19 Sacramento, CA TWCWT (see ad p16) (510) 329-3566 Aug 25 Northridge, CA New World Billiards (see ad p19) (818) 400-3693 Aug 30-Sep 3 Scottsdale, AZ BCAPL (see ad p43) playbca.com Sep 1-3 Spokane, WA Black Diamond (see ad p5) (509) 891-8357 Sep 7-9 Fargo, ND Big Sky Challenge (see ad p7) (406) 945-4788 (see ad Below) Sep 7-9 Fargo, ND Fargo Billiards (see ad p7) (406) 945-4788 Sep 22-23 Modesto, CA TWCWT (see ad p16) (510) 329-3566 Oct 9-14 Lincoln City, OR Western BCA (see ad p10) westernbca.org Oct 20-21 Emeryville, CA TWCWT (see ad p16) (510) 329-3566 Nov 17-18 San Francisco, CA TWCWT (see ad p16) (510) 329-3566

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9-Ball Stop #3

ENTRY ADDED $15 $10 $200 Call $500 min. Online $10,000 total Online Online $50+$25 fees $3,000-1st w/64 $50+$25 fees $500-1st w/16 $50+$25 fees $1,000-1st w/32 FREE (w/8) Prizes-Entry Call

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One Pocket - DE $40 $400 Guar 1:00PM 9-Ball - Men’s Open Division $50+$25 fees $3,000-1st w/64 Noon 9-Ball - Women’s Division $50+$25 fees $500-1st w/16 Noon 9-Ball - Men’s Sr (55+) Division $50+$25 fees $1,000-1st w/32 Noon 9-Ball - Juniors Division FREE (w/8) Prizes-Entry Noon 9-Ball Open race to 5/4 $20 (no g.f.) $200 w/32+ Noon Straight Pool $15 11:00AM TAD Cup B & Below $50 Call Call Trimester Event $35 $$$ Call 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10:00AM 9-Ball Tour Stop Call $500 Guar Call One Pocket - DE $40 $400 Guar 1:00PM 9-Ball Stop #4 Call Call Call Gary Blowers Classic $8.25 $1,000 11:00AM Southwest Regionals Varies $6,000 Online Scotch Doubles Men’s Open Singles Men’s Adv/Master Singles Women’s Singles Men’s/Mixed Teams Women’s Teams Spokane Open $75 (incl. g.f.) $3,000 w/128 9:00AM 10-Ball Scotch Doubles $10,000 8-Ball Doubles Winner take all 9-Ball Singles 8-Ball Singles 8-Ball Open Varies $2,000 Call 9-Ball Stop #5 Call Call Call 9-Ball Championships Varies $17,500 Varies Scotch Doubles Men’s Singles Women’s Singles Men’s/Mixed Teams Women’s Teams 9-Ball at The Broken Rack Call Call Call 9-Ball at Family Billiards Call Call Call

Sep 7-8-9, 2012 Big Sky Challenge $10,000 LIVE from Fargo, ND Winner Take All Team Challenge

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Southwest Regional Championships August 30 - September 3, 2012

$6,000 ADDED

10438 North Fort McDowell Rd Scottsdale, Arizona 85264

Divisions

Hotel Reservations www.radisson.com/bcapl (480) 789-5320 Mention BCAPL Southwest Regional Room Block Rates (two options): $129 (includes a $50 daily resort credit) $89 (without the resort credit / room only)

Scotch Doubles (Limited to 48 Teams) AZ 6 & Under Singles Men’s Open Singles Men’s Advanced / Master Singles Women’s Singles Men’s / Mixed Team Women’s Team

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