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Why the June 2016 Issue was not printed After the May Issue was completed and sent out. My beautiful wife Mary had to have Breast Cancer Surgery. All went well with the surgery so we thought. Three weeks later we were to find out that there was an infection in the breast so a second surgery had to be performer to irrigate or remove the infection. It doesn’t end there. On the first of June we were returning home from an appointment and while entering our residence, Mary collapsed and fell to the floor. We would later find out that the broken femur was caused by the Breast Cancer that had gone to the Lymph Nodes and had gone to her femur and that caused the break. The doctors didn’t operate for 6 days because of the labs. The good news is Mary is in rehab and will be coming home by the second week of July. She is improving daily and taking medicines for the cancer and to keep her labs right. The July issue is results from May and June. The August issue will be out on time and everything will return to the schedule we have previously done. If you want to find out more about what happened please go to my Facebook page: We would like to thank everyone who sent their wishes, prayers and comments through this extreme difficult time that our family is going through. We are living one day at a time with hope for tomorrow. Mary has been strong and resilent through all of this. She has a positive attitude and like I have said to her many times, Don’t let the Bastard win! God Bless You


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American Legion doubles 8-Ball Tournament April 30-May 1, 2016 Oak Harbor, Wash.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, 2016, American Legion Post #129 in Oak Harbor, WA, hosted its annual Partners 8-Ball Tournament. After putting forth herculean efforts to avoid conflicts and arrive at these dates for our tournament, it turned out that the Everett area leagues were having their playoffs that same weekend. Had this not happened, we would have had a full 32team tournament for the first time ever!

As it was, 23 teams (1 more than last year) showed up anyway and played for $3,360 in prize money, awarded to 6 places. The players came mainly from Island, Skagit, Whatcom Snohomish and King counties, the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, with one team coming from east of the mountains out of Yakima, WA. We played on 4 - 4x8 tables at the American Legion Hall and 4 – 4x8 tables at the All Sports Bar. The races were to be to 7 in both the no-loss and one-loss brackets, with a single race to 9 set for the championship. This field consisted of 8 Masters along with quite a few high A’s, and at least 10 of the 23 teams had a bona-fide shot at the title from the onset. So, the outcome was that most of the matches were hotly contended and often quite dramatic. The tournament ended in a two-way split for 1st and 2nd Places, by agreement of all concerned parties. The split was done 50-50 by the “Hot Seat” team of Stan Tourangeau (Vancouver,

B.C.) and Andy Randazzo (Marysville, WA) with the One-Loss winners, Chad Dumaine (Langley, B.C.) and Dexter Ambang (Vancouver, B.C.). Greg Odal (Everett, WA) and Paul Allers (Oak Harbor, WA) played exceptionally well to come in 3rd.

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4th Place was tied down by Bob Duranceau and Mike Owings (both of Bellingham, WA). 5th and 6th Places were shared by the team of Leo Violette (Redmond, WA) and Cassie Francois (Lynnwood, WA) and the team of Stephen Cultee and Travis DeJong (both of Bellingham, WA). Our gratitude goes to Chuck Hassler, who organized the tournament, to Randy Click, who ran the players’ meeting and got the tournament underway, and to the staff at the American Legion, most of whom were volunteers, for their wonderful support. And finally, our sincerest gratitude goes out to all of the players who took the time out of otherwise busy lives to come and visit our fair rural village. Here is the prize breakdown: Hot Seat Team One Loss Winners 3rd Place 4th Place 5th & 6th Place 5th & 6th Place

Stan Tourangeau/Andy Randazzo Chad Dumaine/Dexter Ambang Greg Odal/Paul Allers Bob Duranceau/Mike Owings Leo Violette/Cassie Francois Stephen Cultee/Travis DeJong

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Omega Billiards 2016 ACS National Men’s Open 9-Ball Team 1st $1800 Hammertime 2nd $1000 Forced Kin 3rd $700 Asylum 4th $470 Hammertime 2 5/6th $300 Brass Bell Kickin Chickin 7/8th $200 Poke & Hope Senior Discount

MEN’S OPEN 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS HAMMERTIME: Davyn Arscott, Wentzell Blair, Thomas Joyce

Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Teams 1st $1500 Dick’s Pick 2nd $1300 Gotta Have It 3rd $840 Las Vegas Cue Club 4th $500 Brass Bell

The tantalizing allure of many events in which to play throughout Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Team a week of pool camaraderie and great dates convenient to most 1st $2500 Brass Bell independent leagues at the end of their seasonal league play 2nd $1500 Dick’s Pick fueled a 10% jump in entries at the 12th edition of the Omega Billiards ACS National Championships, produced by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS), May 7-14, 2016.

MEN’S ADVANCED 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS DICK’S PICK: Mike Hutcheson, Donny Branson, Richard Pickle, Chris Akey, Dave Datillo finals for the top Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles award!

Awards were claimed in nine different divisions of 8-Ball Singles. Among the top skill brackets, undefeated Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) outpaced young Mike Robinson (Calgary, AB) for the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles title; defending champ Bernie Store (Phoenix, AZ) double-dipped Tara Williams (Fort Worth, TX) for the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles crown; while Tim Pidborochynski (Edmonton, AB) defeated Action began with 9-ball and 8-ball Singles Scott Knack (Circle Pines, MN) two sets in the finals and Scotch Doubles play, as Darrel Fredrickson for the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles laurels, and Janine (Duluth, MN) outpaced the Men’s 9-Ball Singles Robinson (Bullhead City, AZ) remained undefeated in field in this handicapped format to march outpointing her final’s opponent Trina Blackman (Cold undefeated to the title match – outdueling Lake, AB) for the Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles title. his final’s higher-rated opponent Bill Duggan Teammates James Wiebe (Edmonton, AB) and Nigel (Virginia Beach, VA) for the crown. On the Darius (Edmonton, AB) wrestled for the Men’s Standard Women’s 9-Ball Singles side, Gina Quinones (Las 8-Ball Singles crown, with undefeated Wiebe emerging Vegas, NV) claimed the hot seat and then took WOMEN’S OPEN 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS victorious, while Paula Branton (Hamilton, ON) – advantage of a one-game spot to overcome the STROKERS LADIES: Connie Featherston, Christine Avila, after many years of trying – finally claimed a national powerful game of Tara Williams (Fort Worth, Yvette Villarreal, Esther Castaneda championship with a two-sets finals win over Mandy Lay TX) for the laurels. The Advanced 8-Ball Scotch (McAlester, OK) in the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles Doubles championship was claimed by the power Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team division. In the aged divisions, Ian Joyce (White Lake, MI) fell duo of Dustin Gunia & Jessica Frideres (NE/IA) over finalists 1st $1500 Comrades one set short of defending his Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles (55+) Larry Eans & Bernie Store (AZ). Jason Osborn & Danielle 2nd $1000 3 Shades of Grey title, falling in the deciding set to Steve Hansen (Dallas, TX); Roberts (NV) double-dipped Gord & Gail Gee (AB, CAN) in the 3rd $750 Wolfmen 4th $545 P Noise 5/6th $375 Don’t Hold It Against Us Tony’s Tigers II 7/8th $275 Screaming Pterodactyls Shuswap Hustlers

MEN’S OPEN 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS SENIOR DISCOUNT: Doug Callahan, Scott Knack, James Coffey, Scott Leffring, Tom Anderson


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Men’s Standard 9-Ball Teams 1st $1000 PA Misfitz X 2 2nd $750 Rack Em 3rd $570 Screaming Pterodactyls #2 4th $450 Wolfmen 5/6th $330 Don’t Hold It Against Us Raw Dawgs 7/8th $210 3 Shades of Grey Pool Hall Junkies

MEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS BRASS BELL: Dave Perry, Harry Kernodle,Richie Price, Sean O’Neil, Joe Wood, Tom Czaplicki

Championships Enjoy Growth Spurt Men’s Open 8-Ball Team 1st $3000 Senior Discount 2nd $2000 Awakening 3rd $1500 Bull Shooters 4th $1100 Hammertime 5/6th $800 PA Misfitz Royz Boyz 7/8th $550 8 Balls a Fire Segen Cues

Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1390 Steve Hansen MEN’S STANDARD 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS 2nd $1000 Ian Joyce PA MISFITZ x 2: Ryan Keeney, Ralph Creamer, 3rd $700 Kim Bohnet Jeff Hawn, John Sheldon 4th $500 Mark Jones $400 Gerald Brown defending champion Linda Asleson (Billings, MT) recovered from 5/6th Steven Page a winner’s bracket final’s loss to Lynn McGarry (Grand Forks, ND) to avenge her results against McGarry in two sets for her third straight Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles (50+) crown! Roy Skenandore (Green Bay, WI), a past Super Senior 8-Ball Singles (65+) champion, almost claimed another national title, but was overtaken in two sets by new winner, Bill Mason (Virginia Beach, VA), for the top award!

MEN’S SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Ian Joyce, 1st Steve Hansen, 3rd Kim Bohnet and Angie Rowe]; 3). Hammertime (AB, CAN) [Davyn Arscott, Wentzel Blair and Thomas Joyce] double-dipping Forced Kin (AB, CAN) [James Blackman, Nigel Darius, James Wiebe and Lucas Mattice] for the Men’s/Mixed Open 9-Ball Team title; 4). The Triad (VA) [Connie Eddins, Mary Davis, Chrissy Banks and Iris Cabatit] taking out Handle It (CA) [Cony Mendoza, Annette Wood, Shawn Modelo, Holly Robinson and Stacy Wilson] in one set for the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team crown; and 5). PA Misfitz x 2 (PA) [Jeff Hawn, Don Sheldon, Ralph Creamer and Ryan Keeney] outlasting Rack ‘Em (VA) [Gene Hill, Kenny Oakey, Raul Dacumos and Steve Jeffries] in two sets for the Men’s/Mixed Standard 9-Ball Team honors!

The latter portions of the week showcased 3-person 9-ball Team divisions each morning and 4/5-person 8-ball Team competitions each afternoon and evening. Five 9-ball divisions – each based on team Six 8-ball divisions – each based on team skill levels skill levels assigned to their respective division assigned to their respective division - featured: featured: 1). Men’s/Mixed Advanced 9-Ball Team WOMEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS play ending with undefeated Dick’s Pick (NV) AL’S HIDEOUT: Katrina Lyman, Chris Holl, 1). Brass Bell (VA) [Dave Perry, Harry Kernodle, Richie Price, Sean O’Neil, Joe Wood and Tom Czaplicki] remained [Donny Branson, Dave Datillo, Mike Hutcheson Judy Ninke, Kelly Birmingham undefeated in the triple-elimination format to outlast and Chris Akey] outpointing Gotta Have It (NE) Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Team Dick’s Pick (NV) [Greg Kuhl, Donny Branson, Chris Akey, [Jerrod Frideres, Jessica Frideres and Dustin Gunia[ for the 1st $2000 Al’s Hideout Lyn Wechsler, Jason Kane and Amy Kane] for the Men’s/Mixed Championship; 2). Women’s Advanced 9-Ball Team finals having 2nd $1350 The Force Advanced 8-Ball Teams championship; 2). defending champs Al’s undefeated The Force (NV) [Katy Moore, Gina Quinones, 3rd $850 Pure Instinct Hideout (WI) [Judy Ninke, Katrina Lyman, Christina Gonzalez and Debra Aarens] remaining so with a one4th $500 Coach’s Corner Ladies set victory over Pure Instinct (VA) [Barbara Yeager, Jacki Duggan Men’s Super Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1200 Bill Mason 2nd $830 Roy Skenandore 3rd $600 Kenny Wayman 4th $400 David Dattilo 5/6th $270 Michael Navarre Richard Arensdorf 7/8th $200 Davie Estep Dexter Gondo

MEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS: COMRADES Tom Zack, Omead Sepehrara,Tom Morgan, Erwin Elhan, Ron Deemer, Kevin Pangayow

Women’s Open 8-Ball Team 1st $2000 Strokers Ladies 2nd $1000 We Aint Skeered 3rd $605 Lady Cues 4th $400 Bad Inglesh

SUPER SENIOR 8-BALLSINGLES: 2nd Roy Skenandore, 1st Bill Mason, 3rd Kenny Wayman

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Omega Billiards 2016 ACS National Women’s Open 9-Ball Team 1st $1200 The Triad 2nd $760 Handle It 3rd $500 PA Hot Pockets 4th $300 Okie Angels Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

WOMEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS SNAP SHOTZ: Dollie Thomas, Jackie Akins,Tonya Green, Valerie Porter, Barbara Ivey Chris Noll and Kelly Nickl] took the undefeated route in claiming the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams title over The Force (NV) [Christina Gonzalez, Christina Jeff, Debra Aarens, Gina Quinones, Katy Moore and Pamela Fletcher]; 3). Senior Discount (MN) [Scott Knack, Doug Callahan, James Coffey, Scott Leffring and Tom Anderson] double-dipping The Awakening (AB, CAN) for the Men’s/Mixed Open 8-Ball Teams laurels; 4). two Texas teams vying for the Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams crown, with Strokers Ladies [Christine Avila, Connie Featherston, Esther Castaneda, Jeannette Martinez and Yvette Villarreal] out shooting We Ain’t Skeered (NV) [Connie Svoboda, Janey Ybarra, Sandy Harrington and Teri Bridwell] in one set; 5). Comrades (GA) [Tom Zack, Omead Sepehrara, Thomas Morgan, Erwin Elhan, Ron Deemer and Kevin Pangayow] grasping the Men’s/Mixed Standard 8-Ball Teams honors from 3 Shades of Grey (VA) [Evan Chenevert, Kirk

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Bernie Store Tara Williams Jessica Frideres Bonnie Hunkins

Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team 1st $1200 Snap Shotz 2nd $800 LV Cue Club Aloha Team 3rd $500 Pu Tang Clan 4th $250 Miss Cues

WOMEN’S OPEN 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS THE TRIAD: Chrissy Banks, Connie Eddins, Mary Davis, Iris Cabatit

ADVANCED 8-BALL SCOTCH DOUBLES: 2nd Larry Eans/Bernie Store, 1st Jessica Frideres/Dustin Gunia

OPEN 8-BALL SCOTCH DOUBLES: Danielle Roberts/Jason Osborn

Densmore, Mark Dancel, Mark Spangler, Ray Reyna and Thomas Darawan] in one set; and 6). Snap Shotz (CA) [Dollie Thomas, Jackie Akins, Tonya Green, Valerie Porter and Barbara Ivey] closing out its tournament magically by winning the deciding game of the deciding set over LV Cue Club Aloha Team (NV) [Celeste Smith, Christy Lipps, Danielle Roberts, Joy Hutcheson, Marilyn Kameahola and Sharon Gottschalk] for Women’s Standard 8-Ball Teams title. The ACS wishes to thank its main sponsor, Omega Billiards, and its very popular host venue, the Tropicana Las Vegas, and we look forward to hosting the Omega Billiards 2017 ACS Nationals at the Tropicana Las Vegas, in May 13-20! Any pool league is qualified to sanction with ACS. For more information on sanctioning or dualsanctioning your league with the ACS ($10/player annual sanction fee), contact the ACS at info@ or 920-662-1705.

Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles 1st $1000 Linda Asleson 2nd $720 Lynn McGarry 3rd $460 Valerie Porter 4th $300 Sandy Chamberlain Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles

1st $2300 Bernie Store 2nd $1500 Tara Williams 3rd $1000 Jessica Frideres 4th $500 Bonnie Hunkins

WOMEN’S ADVANCED 9-BALL TEAM CHAMPIONS THE FORCE: Katy Moore, Gina Quinones, Christina Gonzalez, Debra Aarens


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Women’s Advanced 9-Ball Team 1st $1500 The Force 2nd $1020 Pure Instinct 3rd $620 Al’s Hideout 4th $390 Coach’s CornerLadies

WOMEN’S SENIOR 8-BALL SINGLES: 3rd Valeria Porter, 2nd Lynn McGarry, 1st Linda Asleson

Championships Enjoy Growth Spurt Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles 1st $2500 Tim Pidborochynski 2nd $1835 Scott Knack 3rd $1300 Jenman Luk 4th $1000 Tom Czaplicki 5/6th $700 Roy Peck III Thomas Joyce 7/8th $500 Doug Lowe Ryan Holmes

WOMEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES: 1st Bernie Store, 2nd Tara Williams, 3rd Jessica Frideres

WOMEN’S OPEN 8-BALL SINGLES: 1st Janine Robinson, 2nd Trina Blackman

WOMEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Mandy Lay, 1st Paula Branton, 3rd Sharon Gottschalk

Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles

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Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles 1st $2500 Dustin Gunia 2nd $1500 Mike Robinson 3rd $1000 Geno Galarneau 4th $500 Danny Garza 5/6th $300 Danny Petralba David Boone 7/8th $200 Dennis Porth Mike Eklund Men’s 9-Ball Singles 1st $1500 Darrel Fredrickson 2nd $1100 Bill Duggan 3rd $800 T.J. Arch 4th $545 Mike Robinson 5/6th $350 Ray Skenandore Russ Redhead 7/8th $250 Bill Mason, Dennis Porth

MEN’S ADVANCED 8-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Mike Robinson, 1st Dustin Gunia

MEN’S 9-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Bill Duggan, 1st Darrel Fredrickson

Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles 1st $1500 2nd $1000 3rd $750 4th $595 5/6th $450 7/8th $350

WOMEN’S OPEN 9-BALL SINGLES: 2nd Tara Williams, 1st Gina Quinones

Janine Robinson Trina Blackman Amy Kane Melanie Jacobs

Advanced 8-Ball Scotch Doubles 1st $1000 Jessica Frideres/Dustin Gunia 2nd $630 Bernie Store/Larry Eans 3rd $440 Jacki Duggan/Bill Duggan 4th $300 Shawn Modelo/Paul Deluna 65/6th $200 Rachel Petersen/Marlan Isbell Samantha Patton/Calvin Gulley Open 8-Ball Scotch Doubles 1st $2000 Danielle Roberts/Jason Osborn 2nd $1300 Gail Gee/Gord Gee 3rd $820 Levona Lowe/Doug Lowe 4th $600 Candace Norem/Tom Auston 5/6th $400 Sandra Raber/Russ Redhead, Cathy Kelley/Tony Denton 7/8th $300 Davyn Arscott/Tracy Shannacappo Mary Griffin/David Griffin 9-12th $225 Janice Moseychuck/Adam Cormier Margaret Camalleri/Ralph Creamer Rosa Rios/Darrell Cole Tarri Lehman/Tommy Lloyd

James Wiebe Nigel Darius Thom Chea Craig Evans Scott Barrett, Tom Morgan Cody Davis, Henry Harrison

Women’s 9-Ball Singles 1st $700 Gina Quinones 2nd $440 Tara Williams 3rd $300 Kit Dennis 4th $200 Stacy Allsup Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles 1st $1200 Paula Branton 2nd $750 Mandy Lay 3rd $545 Sharon Gottschalk 4th $400 Charlene LeFrance 5/6th $300 Katherine Thomas Penny Arrenegado 7/8th $200 Connie Foschi Patty Sangster

MEN’S STANDARD 8-BALL SINGLES 2nd Nigel Darius, 1st James Wiebe

MEN’S OPEN 8-BALL SINGLES 2nd Scott Knack, 1st Tim Pidorochynski, 3rd Jenman Luk

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

Tom Simpson

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

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


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

I personally like this shot a lot and like most of the shots I prefer, it can come in handy in regular pool games. If we master how to approach the tips of the pockets, a new world of solutions will open up for us. Place the Cue Ball frozen to the long-rail jaw of the corner pocket, just like shown in the diagram. Surround it with 5-6 Obstacle Balls placed in a circle that roughly joins the 2 closest diamonds to that pocket. Place your Object Ball (the Yellow Ball in the diagram) by the opposite corner pocket. On a 9-foot table with regular size pockets as well as on 7-foot Diamond tables, you can use your regular, full length cue for this shot. On most 7-foot tables or on 9-foot tables with shimmed pockets, you may need to use your jump cue. A sharp aim is the major requirement to successfully and precisely jump out of this tough situation and pocket the OB at the same time. As you will notice, this time I used the lower diagram not only to show you where to hit the CB but also how to aim into the tip of the pocket. In this shot you need to have the tip of the opposite jaw at exactly 1/3 of the CB’s diameter. Then jack up your cue by 25⁰ circa and use a 2 o’clock and 2 tips of English on the CB, with a 2.5 speed stroke. I recommend using a close bridge for more control and accuracy and, most importantly, just poking the CB with a quick snap of your wrist, as you don’t really have any room to follow-through. The CB should jump off the tip of the pocket, over the Obstacle Balls and hit the first rail just above the side pocket in order to hit two more rails and pocket the OB in the corner. By using the same principle and slightly adjusting our aim, we can send the CB just about anywhere on the table. So start practicing right away to impress your friends and beat your opponents.

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At the start of a first lesson with a new student, the first thing I do is size up their basic ability and look for obvious problems. You might think I could just ask them, but pool players for the most part seem unable to see their own weaknesses. In that regard, they’re pretty much like all people. Anyway, a recent student was doing fairly well with the preliminary shots until we got to the follow shot in the diagram. The goal is to pocket the 1 ball and follow down to the end rail, leaving the cue ball within a diamond of the cushion. When I watched from pocket P with my head just above the pocket, everything looked pretty good: straight cue movement, head over the shot and still, and a nice even swing, very little body movement. But the student was having a real hard time getting the cue ball down to the cushion. Even with a firm stroke the cue ball would sometimes drift forward only a foot or two. This lack of cue ball action with good stick speed can only happen on this shot if the tip is not hitting the cue ball high enough. To see how high the student was hitting the ball, I moved to S to see the height of the tip on the cue ball. The problem was visible immediately -- more accurately, I couldn’t see where the student was going to hit the ball and neither could he. When the student was done with his warm-up strokes and about to take the final back stroke and power stroke, he stopped the cue at the point shown in the diagram, back from the ball maybe three or four inches. In fact the warm-ups never got any closer than that. From that far back, the spot the tip is going to hit on the cue ball is just guess work. In order to achieve accuracy in position play, you need to control within the thickness of a dime where the tip hits the ball because that is going to determine how much spin you put on the cue ball. The easy way to see where the tip will hit the ball is to bring the tip up to the ball at the end of your warm-ups and stop it within a quarter-inch of the ball. Then if you bring the stick straight back and straight through on the power stroke the tip ends where it began and you have excellent control over your spin. A second benefit is that the final stroke is a lot more like your warm-up strokes if you don’t have to add an extra three inches to the motion. Here’s a practice for you. See if you can shoot the shot as shown and follow to within six inches of the end rail five times in a row. Notice that the cue ball is a little less than a diamond from the object ball. Try the draw shot as well to leave the cue ball within


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a diamond of the other end rail. If you have trouble with consistency on these shots, you may have an approach problem. Have a friend stand at S and tell you when you are in “ready” position how many quarter inches (or tip thicknesses) the tip is from the cue ball. Work to get that down to no more than a half-inch of clearance. If you have no friends handy, and your depth perception is lacking as well, get a small mirror and stand it on it’s side at M to let you see from the side while you’re in position. I found a small mirror with a protective plastic rim in the cosmetics department that is perfect for the job. When it comes to accurate English, you want to be close to your work.

TOURNAMENT PREPARATION Good preparation is about having a consistent warm-up routine for your body and mind before match play. Be sure to follow the steps below to prepare yourself for success:


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

Fuel for Battle: The first thing that you need to consider is eating a healthy meal. You also need to drink plenty of water—it has been proven that being dehydrated lowers your ability to perform well, and if you’re thirsty, it’s time to give your body what it’s asking for. It is also important to eat the right amount of food. You don’t want to be hungry, but you don’t want to be too full either. You should eat foods that are healthy for you. Snacks like apples, bananas, or nuts will help maintain positive energy levels. 2. Warm-Up Mentally: As you are driving to the poolroom, play through a match in your mind and imagine running out. Don’t start thinking about the score; just imagine what it feels like to play a positive game of pool where you put a good stroke on each and every shot. The idea is to “ingrain” positive images into your subconscious, which will give you a better chance of making those images into a reality when you play. 3. Follow a Consistent Routine: Watch any of the top professionals and their pre-match routines. They always prepare for success and you need to as well. I strongly recommend following the same plan over and over. If it takes you fifteen minutes to warm up, be sure to get to the table early so that you can get yourself in stroke. 4. Warm-Up with Easy Shots: Simple shots struck with a medium speed are a great way to start coordinating both your physical and mental abilities. Always remember to visualize what you plan to do and try to start developing a feel for your surroundings. One of your primary goals during warm-up should be to develop positive feelings. 5. Develop a “Feel” for the Table: As you warm up with simple shots, try to play as many different shots as you can from a variety of cut angles. This will help you develop positive feelings as you start to get your creative

juices flowing. This will also help you get familiar with the speed of the table. 6. No Mechanical Thoughts: Resist your temptation to start thinking about stroke mechanics. You need to start playing, and that involves visualizing shots and trusting in your stroke. Honestly, there’s no correlation between your warm-up and how you are going to finish. 7. other thing that you need to do is practice the pre-shot routine that you’ll be using before each and every shot. This sets a solid foundation for a high-quality performance and is the only thing you can completely control while you are at the table. A good pre-shot routine also gives you something to focus on other than external distractions. 8. Have a Positive Attitude: This component requires for you to have fun and enjoy yourself. Tell yourself that you’re going to love playing no matter how well you play. After all, pool isn’t your profession. If you don’t have to win in order to pay your bills, there really shouldn’t be any pressure on how you perform. 9. No Expectations: No matter how well you might have been playing, you must understand that sometimes it’s just not meant to be. The balls are loyal to no one and sometimes they just won’t let you win. 10. Focus on the Process: The fact that you have no idea what’s going to happen during your next match is actually pretty exciting. The only real thing within your control is the process of putting a good stroke on the cue ball time after time. Following your pre-shot routine should be one of your primary goals for match play. Following a strict process will distract you from things that could negatively impact your performance.

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On Wednesday, May 4 at Chinook Winds Casino and Resort located in Lincoln City, Oregon, the competitors arrived, took out their cues, chalked them up, and started warming up for the scotch doubles event. When the last ball fell, Paul Marquez and Becky Mowdy were the champions of the Masters Division and Mitch and Tammy Shepherd were the champions of the Open Division Scotch Doubles. Our first champions of the 12th Annual Regional Tournament have now been crowned and the tournament is officially underway. The singles events continued on Thursday and Friday with 9-Ball singles and 8-Ball singles. The Masters 9-Ball singles was won by Brian Knapp, with Paul Marquez taking 2nd, and Brian Skinner finished 3rd. The Open 9-Ball singles was won by Ben Renteria, with 2nd place going to Doug McMullin, 3rd – Bernard “Dave” Shortt, 4th – Jay Coomes, 5th/6th – Rob Gibson

2nd – Kathi Giles, and Shirley Morgan was 3rd. Women’s Open 8B – 1st – Eunice Sleight, 2nd – Linda “Smitty” Smith, 3rd – Patricia Garyl, and 4th Kirsten Fery. The Women’s Standard 9B and 8B was won by Margaret Goodman. On Saturday morning we began our Main Event – TEAMS. First place team was BIG DOGS, with team members Jeff Martin, Pat Mowdy, Ashley Waters and Ben Renteria. Second place was RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE consisting of Bryan Skinner, Doug McMullin, Vince Mills and Bill Fuller. Third place went to WASHOUGAL EAGLES with members Joe Parkison, Berndard “Dave’ Shortt, Mickey Johnson, and Eric Gibson, and Fourth place was JUST 4 FUN with Jay Coomes, Roy Chevalier, Steve

and David Brooks. In the women’s 9B division, Becky Mowdy won the Masters, with Eva Hill taking 2nd and Shirley Morgan finishing 3rd. In the Open 9B Division Kirsten Fery was 1st, Denice White was 2nd and Julie Fraser was 3rd, with Patricia Gary taking 4th. Master Men’s 8B Division was won by Paul Marquez with Jonathan Hahn taking 2nd, and Brian Knapp taking 3rd. The Men’s Open 8-B was won by Jay Coomes, 2nd – Willie Gin, 3rd – Bernard “Dave” Short, 4th went to Bill Fuller, 5th/6th – Wes Hough and Ben Renteria, 7th/8th – John Parkhurst and Paul Polendey. The Master Women’s was won by Becky Mowdy,


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Peterson, and Wes Hough. The Women’s teams was won by KNAW KAW MIN, consisting of Becky Mowdy, Judy Griffith, Denice White, Brandy Phillips-Heslen, and Julie Barnett. Second place was KLCS with Kristin Cambas, Kathy Duenas, Sara Myers/Mitchell, and Lisa


We were very excited that we did get a good response to the individual dual sanctioning, with the expectation of even more next year. Leagues for the new season will be starting up in June and July. You can contact Judy Griffith (360) 892-7454 for a league near you. I would like to give a big thank you to Chinook Winds and their staff for all their help and assistance in putting on the Regional Tournament. I would also like to give a big thank you to those players that helped Danny Burdick and the temporaries with setup. It was a really fun tournament and everyone commented on what a good time they had. Thank you to all the players that participated and to the league operators and player representatives that work so hard in running and maintaining the leagues. Good job by everyone.

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Western BCA Holds May 1st Place Women’s Open Singles Lora Sharp

1st Place SD Stan Tourangeau & Madalina Moreno

Players from up and down the west coast made their way to the city of Coos Bay, Oregon on May 20 – 22 to compete in the Western BCA May Madness 8-Ball Tournament held at the lovely Mill Casino. Friday night featured the Scotch Doubles division in which one player could be a Master or Grandmaster level player and the other must be an open rated player. The event drew 24 teams and was won by Washington’s Stan Tourangeau and Madalina Moreno. They went through the event undefeated and were able to hold off the team of Paul Marquez and Kirsten Fery in the finals for the win. On Saturday afternoon the tables became busy with the Singles divisions starting. Five different divisions were contested and 5 different champions were crowned. In the Women’s Open division, Lora Sharp defeated Kirsten Fery to finish first in the 20 player field. The Women’s Master division featured a strong 9 player field that was won by Phyllis Laderer as a result of her holding off Diane Krause. The Men’s Open B division was won by Chris Jenkins as he avoided the double dip after

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Men’s B Singles 1st $775 Chris Jenkins 2nd $525 Tracey McGuire 3rd $320 Chuck Basney 4th $200 Terry Mason 5/6th $100 Stan Warthen Nate Dunford 7/8th $50 Robert Stewart Tim Taylor

Men’s A Singles 1st $765 Shaun Kouglioulis 2nd $500 Jeramy Daniels 3rd $350 Bret Baker 4th $150 Sheldon Lebow 5/6th $75 Eric Baird Bill Henderson

Madness Tournament 1st Place Men’s Master Singles Stan Tourangeau 1st Place Men’s Open B Singles Chris Jenkins

dropping the first set by winning the second set and the title. The Men’s Open A division was won by Shaun Kouglioulis as he made an undefeated run through the 27 player field, defeating Jeramy Daniels in the final. In the Men’s Master division, Stan Tourangeau rolled through the event undefeated to hold off Mike Deitchman in the finals to take his second title of the weekend. Special thanks goes out to the host, Mill Casino for hosting this great event and for adding $2,500. Also to Western BCA for sponsoring the tournament and adding an additional $1,000 and to the Tioga Pool League of Coos Bay for adding $500 to make the total added money a whopping $4,000! Thanks also goes to Danny Burdick and A-n-B Vending for providing the tables. Many thanks to Rick and Tina Tillett, Darcy Williams, Nate and Cathy Dunford, and Eileen Madden for working with the casino to bring this event to the players and for the hard work of running the event and making sure everything ran smoothly. Hopefully the Northwest will see more events like this one!

Women’s Master Singles 1st $485 Phyllis Laderer 2nd $200 Diane Krause 3rd $60 Linda Carter

Men’s Master Singles 1st $725 Stan Tourangeau 2nd $425 Mike Deitchman 3rd $210 Roger Goodman 4th $75 Russell Cearley

Scotch Doubles 1st $900 2nd $640 3rd $380 4th $180 5/6th $50

1st Place Men’s Open A Singles Shaun Kouglioulis

Stan Tourangeau & Madalina Moreno Paul Marquez & Kirsten Fery Linn Petty & Diane Krause Steve Tune & Jean Bartholomew Bret Baker & Linda Carter Bill Wright & Darcy Williams

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Women’s Open A/B Singles 1st $570 Lora Sharp 2nd $350 Kirsten Fery 3rd $200 Madalina Moreno 4th $100 Sonja Benkis 5/6th $50 Becki Silva-Smith Monica Moonen

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The 2016 VNEA World Junior Pool Championship held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania on June 16-19, 2016 was a complete success! This was VNEA’s “26th Annual” Junior event and the first time in Erie. The waterfront property offered a ton of options for the kids and their families and served as a spectacular host for our Championships.


There were nearly 200 excited junior pool league players from 8 States & Ontario, Canada & New Zealand who came to play on 80 Valley tables with a variety of divisions available, including Teams, Singles and Scotch Doubles in three categories: Youth (7-13 years of age), Major (18-20 years of age) and Minor (14-17 years of age), Speed Pool and Artistic Pool. There were also Team Hardluck, the 3rd Annual Top Hat Challenge and Mini Tournaments.

MAJOR: BLAKE BAKER IA, JAMES ELIT MN, DANIEL WILKINSON NZ, ETONDALAYO WINKLER PA, JOSH FRANKLIN IA and HANNAH ZEIGLER PA. Many thanks to our sponsors: Valley, Ozone Billiards, GW Cues, Aramith, AMI Entertainment, Fury and Warner Coin & Charters.

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Major Team Champions: Young Gunz Nation

Major Male Singles: James Elit, Daniel Wilkinson, Blake Baker, Josh Franklin

Pool Championships Minor Female Singles: April Larson, Serena Black, Alex Booth, Madison Bond

Minor Scotch Doubles: Deon Rawlings/Jared Rawlings

Minor Male Singles: Deon Rawlings, Spencer Medel, Skyler Butterfield, Noah Contreras

Youth Female Singles: Ashley Fullerton, Caleigh Elm, Maddie Payne, Brianna Laratta

Minor Team Champions: MN Cue Kids

Youth Team Champions: The Piranhas

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2016 VNEA World Junior Pool Championships Youth Male Singles: Tristan Hansen, George Kieselat, Ethan Laughlin, Aaron Vollmers


Youth Scotch Doubles Winners: Aaron Vollmers/Ashley Fullerton





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Buffalo Billiards, located in the heart of downtown Petaluma, opened their doors the weekend of June 11-12, 2016 to thirty participants, this being Lee Simon’s third year of sponsorship for the Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour. With 27 participants in the previous two years, this stop added two new players to the tour in addition to our regular competitors. In addition to the assortment of pool tables, the pool hall also offers ping pong, dart boards, shuffle board, kids’ activities, and a vamped-up menu featuring local ingredients. Buffalo holds weekly in-house leagues and have also started participating in large-scope tournaments like the Mezz West State Tour. Last year’s finalists, Eleanor Callado and Revelina Um, were not present for this stop, which opened the doors to many of the other returning players who are looking to place in the top 8. Traditionally, TWCWT likes to recognize players who have made significant strides as competitors throughout the season. With a top 8 finish last year, Kendra Fuller found herself in a top 4 spot this time around. Playing on the tour since 2012, she has played primarily on bar tables for the last 20 years. She participates in the East Bay women’s league, Diablo Valley Pool League, and Family Billiards in San Francisco. She also enjoys competing in a few tournaments sporadically. She aspires to become the master of her own mind, as she feels many times her head game is what prevents her from winning more matches. This was the first time in the history of the tour where we used a handicap system based on survey results at the end of the 2015 season. Our players had an overwhelming desire to use a handicapping system to give players that don’t consistently cash in a “better chance” to win or “stay in the match.” The pool


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of competitors is broken down into 3 rating categories: a rating of 5, 6, or 7. Depending on each player’s overall finish, the amount of stops they participated in, and their finishes at each stop, most players were given a score. Top ~15% of the field have been rated as a 7, middle ~40% are at a 6, and the rest are a 5 [“established” ratings are for players who have participated in at least 4 stops last year]. New players entered at a 6 and were adjusted depending on feedback and to the board’s discretion. The match spot would depend on the point difference between the two players. So, a player with a rating of 7 would spot 2 games to a player rated at 5 in a race to 7. As games got going, a few of the regular top players started tearing through the brackets. Denise Domingo returned to day 2 on the winner’s side, defeating Theresa Teague, Elizabeth Jeung, and Emilyn Callado. Also on the winner’s side was Minnie Tayaotao, with wins over Lori Burgesen, Tammy Moreda, and Kendra Fuller to set up a match against Denise Domingo. In the next bracket, Janna Sue Nelson had wins against Kim Cuarisma, Cony Mendoza, and Kirsten Karim, while Sher Ahola won against Sondra Faith, Lindsey Dorn, and Leslie Bernardi. At the end of Saturday, the 2 winner’s side match-ups were: Denise Domingo vs. Minnie Tayaotao and Sher Ahola vs. Janna Sue Nelson Working on the one-loss side, Kendra Fuller won a match against Lindsey Dorn (a regular top-8 finisher) to return on Sunday guaranteed in the top 8. She would face Emilyn Callado, who had a tough hill-hill match against Shawn Modelo the


evening before. Leslie Bernardi won her match against L.A. visitor Gigi Callejas to wait for the winner of Darnell Domingo and Kirsten Karim. Matches for Sunday morning on the one-loss side were: Kendra Fuller vs. Emilyn Callado and Leslie Bernardi vs. Kirsten Karim The sole survivor of the one-loss side would be Leslie Bernardi, playing Minnie on day 2, who defeated Sher in her previous hot seat match. With the final match honoring a true double elimination format, Leslie would need to win two matches to emerge victorious in the tournament. Leslie took the first set 7-6, after being down 5-6, however, Minnie quickly snatched the next set 5-1.

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Final standings: 1st - Minnie Tayaotao $330 2nd - Leslie Bernardi $250 3rd - Sher Ahola $200 4th - Kendra Fuller $150 5th/6th - Denise Domingo, Janna Sue Nelson $100 7th/8th - Emilyn Callado, Kirsten Karim $50




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CSI HIRES MARKETING MANAGER CueSports International, Henderson, NV (May 12, 2016) – CueSports International is pleased to announce that it has hired Mary Coffman as its Marketing Manager. Coffman has more than two decades of journalism experience, working in both daily newspapers across the Northwest and in business ] journalism. She will use her skills to appeal to a greater audience within the billiards industry and throughout mainstream media.


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In addition to her professional media experience, Masy is also an accomplished player who has participated in the sport at all levels, from league play to women’s professional tour events. She is passionate about pool and will use her enthusiasm and professional skills to help the BCA Pool League (BCAPL) and USA Pool League (USAPL) grow by attracting new players of all skill levels. “I am looking forward to the challenge of this new role and to introducing our sport to new players, whom I hope will be as enthralled and engaged with the sport as I am,” Coffman said. In her new role, Coffman will reach out to league operators as a resource to help them grow and thrive, by finding opportunities to attract new players and retaining current ones. She will also improve communication and support between the national organization and state and regional league organizations. Coffman plans to help league operators and players understand FargoRate and how it is being incorporated into leagues and tournaments to create more equitable tournament divisions throughout all levels of play. “FargoRate finally gives the billiards industry an accurate gauge for determining a player’s true skill level and will help ensure that players at regional and national tournaments are pitted against those of comparable skill — providing a better experience for everyone,” Coffman said. In addition, Coffman will take charge of the CSI’s social media, email marketing, advertising and promotions. Coffman, previously of Richland, Wash. will be based out of CSI’s Henderson, Nev. headquarters. She will start in her new position in mid-June.


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The final round of the 9-Ball Shootout featured three championship matches, one for each Skill Level Tier, with two shooters in each competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. In the Green Tier, Michael Ritch of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., defeated Ron Ekman of Port Hueneme, Calif. In the White Tier, Paul Schinkel of Pickering, Ont., defeated Hannah Martin of Spring, Texas. In the Black Tier, Brian Parks of Bakersfield, Calif., defeated Kale Bourque of Breaux Bridge, La. Mathew Barber of Newburg, N.Y., won the Sportsmanship Award in the 9-Ball Shootout. Each of the three Champions received a cash and prize package worth $10,000. Runners-Up in each tier took home a cash and prize package worth $5,000. More than 4,000 Poolplayers made it to the Regional Level of the 9-Ball Shootout before the field was whittled down to the 320 who advanced to Las Vegas.

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LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 16, 2016) — New venue. New event name. More prize money than ever before. It all added up to another spectacular event for the American Poolplayers Association in Las Vegas. Thousands of APA members made their way to the Westgate Resort & Casino to compete for more than $650,000 in cash and prizes at the recently renamed APA Poolplayer Championships, formerly known as the National Singles Championships. The Poolplayer Championships consisted of both the 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout Championship events, as well as Showdown Series events that included the 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships and the Wheelchair Championship events.

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First Place winners received cash and prizes worth $15,000. Each Runner-Up received cash and prizes worth $9,000. In the 8-Ball Doubles Championship, Pete and Repeat – Trey Funderburg and Jim Mullins – of Monroe, La., defeated Bank Shot Flyers – Roland Newkirk and Jeremy Brown – of Odenton, Md. The victory earned them a $5,000 payday. As Runners-Up, Bank Shot Flyers took home $3,000.

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In the finals of the 8-Ball Classic, five champions each took home a prize package worth $15,000 for their performances. In the Blue Tier, Alexandra Marx-Simoncic of New York City defeated Julie Buckley of Orlando, Fla. In the Yellow Tier, Juan Diaz of Silver Spring, Md., defeated David Brown of Stayner, Ont. In the Red Tier, Roberto Valanzuela of Silver Spring, Md., defeated Shannon Theriot of Breaux Bridge, La. In the Orange Tier, Howard Depascal of Pasadena, Md., defeated Gary Smith of Arlington, Texas. In the Purple Tier, Robert Hall of Huntsville, Ala., defeated William Gallagher Jr. of Atco, N.J. Kevin Demoss of Youngsville, La., won the Sportsmanship Award in the 8-Ball Classic.

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4th Annual Energy Capital 9-Ball Classic The 4th Annual Energy Capital 9-ball Classic was played April 29-May 1st! It was the biggest turnout we’ve had so far. 120 players in 3 divisions – open, B, and women’s. Open had 54A players, 19 AAA, 20 AA, 20 A. In the end Tanner Pruess claimed his 2nd energy capital title (he also won in 2014). The Rapid City native lost his second round match to AA player Art Nellermoe. Then he battled through the loser’s side to make the final 16 redraw! He then went straight through to the hot seat to beat Andrew Pettenger (atm) 7-3 in 1st set of finals. This field was stacked with players from 6 states including Marc Vidal, Jim Winter, Wade Thompson, Wade Hudson, Tom Thompson, Adam King, Chris McDaniel, and Jen Nash! Bloodworth cues jumped in to help us with raffles so a big shout out them as well as all the sponsors that helped! If anyone would like to help sponsor this great event contact Chuck wise @ 307-660-3482. Results are as follows: B Division: 1st $400 Jim Rossiter (Calcutta-$370) 2nd $300 Scott Dodrill (Calcutta -$288) 3rd $225 Brian Schnitker (Calcutta - $164) 4th $175 Danny Hernandez Women’s Division: 1st $425 Deb Lecocq 2nd $325 Kristy McCoy 3rd $240 Tiffany Holzer 4th $150 Liza Hushagen Open Division: 1st $1700 Tanner Pruess (1st Calcutta - $2260, 2nd Calcutta - $1950) 2nd $1300 Andrew Pettenger (1st Calcutta - $1604, 2nd Calcutta -$1429) 3rd $1000 Dave Black (1st Calcutta - $961, 2nd Calcutta - $953) 4th $750 Wade Thompson (1stCalcutta-$640, 2nd Calcutta - $476) 5th/6th $450 Monty Thayer (1st Calcutta - $320), Dave Cole (1st Calcutta - $320)

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In Memmory of Paul Huebler

Don’t Wait Too Long! With four months to go, you would think that you have plenty of time to make arrangements for this year’s U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. Well, don’t think that way!

Last year, the tournament field was filled at 128 with a long waiting list. Last year, the choice seating was sold out. Last year, on some days, the hotel room reservations were completely booked. Does that tell you anything? This year’s event, in honor of the late Barry Behrman, may be the best U.S. Open ever. Barry gave the reins to Pat Fleming of Accu-Stats and his job will be to live up to Barry Behrman’s dream. Last year, 128 players competed, many from around the world. Because of a long waiting list, the field has been increased to 160 players. The $75,000 in added money qualifies it as a “Tier 2” event sanctioned by the WPA. Over $200,000 in prize money is at stake with $50,000 going to the winner while paying down to 48th place which will pay $2,000. From October 16-22, 2016, The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel will be bending over backwards to accommodate us. They loved the U.S. Open and want us back for years to come. This wonderful host site is offering us extremely low room rates, especially for being in the heart of Norfolk. The hotel staff, as well as the City of Norfolk, will do everything they can to make you feel welcome. For tickets to the annual BCA Hall of Fame Banquet at the Sheraton, call Mike Panozzo at 312-341-1110 ext 2004. Go to

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Master Cue Maker, Mr. Paul Huebler (Huebler Cues), passed away shortly after 1p yesterday in Linn, Missouri. Paul’s passing comes just a few days after our Annual World Championships and just a week before our Annual Int’l Junior Championships. Paul was such a huge part of these two events for many years and was adored and admired by every VNEA player who was lucky enough to make his acquaintance. Paul was 89 years old. Services were June 13th at 10a held at the St. George Catholic Church at 613 Main Street in Linn, Missouri 65061. No known Memorials have been established. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Terry Bajorek at 501.454.9283. E-mail: poolcrazy61@

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Randy Baker “Wins Jim’s Money” May Tournament at The Cue Ball In the match for the point, Rocky Berquist and Randy Baker faced off in an 8-4 race. Baker prevailed 8 -2. Berquist missed the 8 ball on his final shot of the match, crumpling to his knees in defeat, as Baker converted. Meanwhile Sheldon Lebow, the “Cue Tech Master”, faced off with Dave “Obi Wan Casanova”, Canova in a 5 – 4 race. After being down 3 – 1, Berquist stormed back to take the match 4-3. Berquist made a tough out from the 8 sealing the win.

The May issue of the Cue Ball’s “Win Jim’s Money” attracted 34 players to the field. It was a perfect day for a Pool Tournament, as the rain started early. $550 was the prize pool, with $215 going to the winner. 2nd would claim $130 for their disap pointment and 3rd would go home crying with their $80 prize. The Cue Ball paid out to the 8th place spot, $10.

Berquist’s prize was a rematch with Randy Baker for a shot at 1st place. The race was 8-4, not allowing much room for error, Karma or luck. Different match, same result. Baker won the match 8-2. (see above) Berquist says he had his chances but couldn’t convert. Randy Baker, in his usual machine like manner, seized the prize. The next “Win Jim’s Money” 9-Ball handicapped tournament is scheduled for Saturday June 11, 2016. Player registration opens at 9:30am and play starts @ 10:00. BE HERE!

New Winner Emerges in June’s “Win Jim’s Money” The June edition of The Cue Ball’s “Win Jim’s Money” 9-Ball Handicapped Tournament was held on Saturday, June 11, 2016. A field of 32 players showed up to compete for their portion of the $520 purse. In the fight for the 4th place prize of $ 80, Adam Lebow faced a titan, Randy Baker in a 9 – 2 race. Baker was faced with the challenge of not making any mistakes against a much lower ranked player who had been hot all day, playing above his skill level. Adam Lebow, all of 13 years old was facing a serious case of nerves, as we can all empathize with. Lebow, as stated, is the youngest, highest placing player The Cue Ball has seen in quite some time. Baker, the heartless competitor he is, didn’t open the door for Lebow an inch. Lebow played some awesome shots, but fell to the new overall points leader, 9 zip.

against an opponent who had won 17 straight games. Bakers streak ended, and ended poorly. Kjelde tore Baker up, reversing the tables. In a 7 – 3 race, Baker was smoked, 3 zip. He took 2nd place and his $120 prize. Jack Kjelde had won the tournament in a dominating fashion and is enjoying his 1st place prize of $200. The next “Win Jim’s Money’ Tournament is scheduled for July 9th 2016. You can’t win if you don’t play. Be HERE!

Baker then faced off against a relative newcomer to the tournament, Daniel Majid. The race was 7 – 3. Baker had reeled off 9 straight against Lebow, and continued his streak against Majid. Majid was never able to mount a challenge, and succumbed to Baker 7 zip. Majid, for his efforts, took 3rd place and $80. Nice showing for the new guy. In the match for 1st place, Baker face Jack Kjelde, who had ripped through his bracket undefeated. Kjelde had played well all day, but faced off


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The 5th Annual Steiner Classic was held April 23, at The Pocket in Boise, Idaho. We had a great turn out and with interest from the ladies we were able to run a tournament and calcutta - one for the men and one for the women. There were 42 men and 19 women. We exchanged fond memories of Steiner and players showed some great skills that he would have appreciated! Jason Melm won second year in a row undefeated on the winner’s side. THANKS to all who played and those who watched. It was a great time!

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Smokin’ Aces Hosts First Missouri Junior State 8-Ball Championships

On April 30th 2016, Smokin’ Aces BBQ, LLC hosted the first Missouri JunioOwner Mike McKuin has been a longtime supporter of the Billiard Education Foundation and its Junior National 9-Ball Championships,


Ohio Junior State 9-Ball Champs Crowned

On Saturday, April 2, 2016 Miss Cue North hosted the 2nd Annual Ohio Junior State 9-Ball Championships. This event, previously held at Miss Cue Toledo was directed by professional billiard instructor Denny Stewart. Stewart has been a longtime supporter for all things youth billiards in the state of Ohio.

17 participants from four states were in attendance for their chance to vie for this year’s titles. The top two finishers from each of the divisions qualified to participate in the 2016 Junior National 9-Ball Championships. 18 & Under Boys Division 18 & Under Girls Division 1st Mitchell Terrasi, 17, Monroe, MI 1st Alexis Burciaga, 14, Adrian, MI 2nd Nicholas Ridley, 17, St. Thomas, Can 2nd Tatum Cutting, 13, Diamond, OH 3rd Tyrus Kelley, 17, South Shore, KY


bringing a group of top level teens to the national competition each year. This year will be no different. His kickoff event drew 15 young shooters to his room and qualified one from each of the four divisions. 18 & Under Boys Division 1st Place Jared Rice 2nd Place Carson Hager 3rd Place Dylan Brown

18 & Under Girls Division 1st Place Brianna Pickens 2nd Place Breanna Bruce

14 & Under Boys Division 1st Quintin Scott, 12, Mansfield, OH 2nd Jake Sollman, 11, Redsville, IA

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OKLAHOMA Back Alley Billiards Hosts Oklahoma State Junior 8-Ball Championships Photos & Story Courtesy of Rachel Petersen, Back Alley Billiards On April 30, Back Alley Billiards, in McAlester, OK, hosted the Oklahoma Junior State 8-Ball Championships. There were 4 kids who won their entry into the National Junior 9-Ball Championships, set to take place in Schaumburg, Illinois in mid-July.

3rd Annual Colorado Junior State 8-Ball Champions Crowned

Jonathan Fuller, of Ada, OK, won the boys 18 years & younger division. Fuller won the tournament without dropping a single match. Johnathan Portwood, of Moundville, MO, finished in 2nd place. Both Fuller and Portwood earned their entries into the National Junior Championships. Marvin Isbell, of McAlester, got 3rd in the tournament and Logan Tissychy, of Lawton, OK, got 4th place. Other kids participating in this division were Tallen Tissychy, Jerry Beatty, and Rafael Macias, all of Lawton, and Dax Shifflett and Braden Potter, of Tulsa. There were 2 competitors in the girls 18 years & younger division. Araia Heathcott, of Lawton, OK, went undefeated, winning 9 straight games off of Linda Eldridge, of Indianola. Heathcott also won her entry into the National Junior Championships. There were 3 boys in the 14 years & younger division. Jeremy Gilliland, of Tulsa, went undefeated in his division and won his entry into the National Junior Championships. TJ Marshall, of McAlester, OK, finished in 2nd place and Jesse James, of Bartlesville, OK, finished in 3rd place. 18 & Under Boys Division 1st Jonathan Fuller Ada, OK 2nd Johnathan Portwood Moundville, MO 18 & Under Girls Division 1st Araia Heathcott Lawton, OK 2nd Linda Eldridge Indianola, OK

14 & Under Boys Division 1st Jeremy Gilliland Tulsa, OK 2nd TJ Marshall McAlester, OK

For more information on the Oklahoma State 8-Ball Championships for the 2016-2017 season, contact Back Alley Billiards at 918-916-CUES (2837). Special Thanks to Rachel Petersen of Back Alley Billiards for making this event possible!


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COLORADO On Saturday, April 23, Rack ‘Em Billiards in Aurora once again played host to the Colorado Junior State 8-Ball Championships. This would be the final Colorado junior state event and national qualifier for the 2016 season. Due to the intimate field of 10, players competed in two round-robin events with three champions crowned: 18 & Under Boys, 14 & Under Boys, and 18 & Under Girls. Boys Round-Robin Girls Round-Robin 1st Drake Spencer, 17 Cheyenne, WY 1st Amanda Campbell, 12 Arvada, CO 2nd Hunter Johnson, 7 Thornton, CO 2nd Adi Hoffman, 13 Broomfield, CO 3rd Nick Macomber, 14 Centennial, CO 3 rd Brenna Shaw, 13 Brighton, CO Huge Thanks to Rack ‘Em Billiards for hosting this annual event!

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Meat Shoot $3 8-Ball Call Pocket - BIH $5 Players Choice $5 8-Ball TAP 5 & under $5+$1 g.f. 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D $5 8-Ball Handicap $5 9-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 3 $5 BTRT 220/198 Open hdcp $10/$8 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 9-Ball $5+$3 g.f. 9-Ball Barbox $5+$3 9-Ball Open $5 8-Ball Bar Table R2-DE $10 9-Ball Handicap $20 8-Ball $5 8-Ball $10 8-Ball $5 8-Ball - BCA Rules $5 9-Ball Handicapped $10 (incl g.f.) 8-Ball-No AA $8 8-Ball $10 9-Ball BCA rules $5 8-Ball Open $3 Poker Call 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 8-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. 9-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. 8-Ball DE - best 2 of 3 $5+$1 g.f. 8-Ball BCA rules $5 8-Ball $10+$5 g.f. 8-Ball on 7’ tables-Race to 2 $5 8-Ball Bar Table $10 8 & 9-Ball No Masters $5 8-Ball Handicapped $10 (incl g.f.) 9-Ball $15/10/5 8-Ball $5 8-Ball $10 10-Ball $5 8-Ball $5 9-Ball DE - race to 3 $5+$1 g.f. 8-Ball Ball-in-hand $5 8/9 Ball Alternating $5 Players Choice $5 8-Ball - Race 2/1 $3 M/$2 W 10-Ball $7/$10 Players Choice $10 (incl g.f.) 9-Ball $10 9-Ball $10 Outlaw Pool Tournament $10 9-ball $5 +$3 g.f.




DAY CITY Mondays Lakewood, WA Boise, ID Capitola, CA Sacramento, CA San Francisco, CA Tuesdays Eureka, CA Portland, OR Sacramento, CA Lakewood, CA

ENTRY ADDED TIME $5+$3 100% 7:30PM $5 $$$ 8:00PM $12/$25 $100 (last Mon) 8:00PM $10 Call 8:00PM $20 Call 7:00PM $10 Call 7:30PM $5 $3/player 7:30PM $5-$15 $50 8:00PM $10/$8 Call 5:00PM Meat 6:30PM Match to $100 7:00PM Call 7:30PM Matching 7:00PM Matching 7:30PM Matching 7:30PM $20 gift card 1st 7:00PM Call 5:00PM Call 7:30PM Call 8:00PM 100% 7:30PM $$$ 8:00PM $3/player 7:00PM Call 7:00PM Matching 8:00PM Call 7:30PM $$$ w/9+ 7:30PM $3/player 6:30PM $$$ 6:30PM $100 7:30PM $$$ 7:30PM 100% 7:00PM Meat Shoot 7:00PM Call 6 & 9PM Call 7:30PM Matching 5:45PM Matching 5:45PM Match up to 25 3:00PM 100% 7:00PM $$$ 3:00PM $20 gift card 1st Noon $3/player 7:00PM Call 4:00PM $$$ 6:30PM Call 2:00PM $$$ 7:30PM $$$ 7:30PM 100% 7:30PM 100% 1:00PM Match up to 25 4:00PM $100 min pot 1PM Matching 8:00PM Call 5:00PM $100 6:00PM $100 5:30PM $$$ 6:30PM $100 3:00PM Call 7:30PM Call 6:00PM 100% 5:30PM

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



Jul 2-3 Jul 3 Jul 9 Jul 16-17 Jul 16-17 Jul 22-23 Aug 6-7 Aug 7 Aug 13 Aug 13-14 Aug 13-14 Aug 13-14 Aug 20-21 Aug 20-21 Sept 10-11 Sept 10-11 Sep 24-25 Oct 7-9 Oct 7-9 Oct 10-16

San Francisco, CA Portland, OR Salem, OR Keizer, OR Las Vegas, NV Saratoga, WY Keizer, OR Portland, OR Salem, OR Northridge, CA Emeryville, CA Sacramento, CA Petaluma,CA Petaluma, CA Bellflower, CA Fresno, CA Phoenix, AZ Lincoln City, OR Lincoln City, OR Lincoln City, OR

Jul 6-7 Jul 7-10 Jul 8-10 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9-10 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16-17 Jul 23 Jul 23 Jul 23-24 Jul 30 Jul 30 Jul 30

Chicago, IL Olathe,KS Olathe,KS Moline, IL Des Moines, IA Tulsa, OK Tulsa, OK Fort Worth, TX Tulsa, OK Davenport, IA Shreveport, LA Mankato, MN Tulsa, OK Tulsa, OK Davenport, IA Tulsa, OK Mankato, MN





Family Billiards (see ad p29) 415-931-1115 Cole Dixon Memorial 10-Ball $75-Limit 128 Sam’s Billiards (see ad p10) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Cue Ball (see ad p10) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 Kolby’s (see ad p6) 503-393-7665 Open 8-Ball Handicapped entry $50-$20 Rum Runner (see ad p31) 702-234-5729 9-Ball Call Duke’s (see ad p27) 307-326-3853 Saratoga - limit 32 $30 Kolby’s (see ad p6) 503-393-7665 Scotch Doubles 10-Ball Call Sam’s Billiards (see ad p10) 503-282-8266 Straight Pool $15 Cue Ball (see ad p10) 503-362-9740 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 Mezz West State (see ad p33) 818-893-1380 10-Ball - limit 128 $65+$25 fee TWCWT (see ad p29) 510-652-9808 9-Ball at The Broken Rack $30 Jointed Cue (see ad p26) 916-456-3243 9-Ball 3rd Summer Classic $50 Mezz West State (see ad p33) 800-400-4283 10-Ball - limit 128 $65+$25 fee Buffalo Billiards (see ad p29) 707-585-8992 Mezz Tour $65 Mezz West State (see ad p33) 562-867-7733 10-Ball - limit 128 $65+$25 fee TWCWT (see ad p29) 510-652-9808 9-Ball at Diamond Billiards $30 Mezz West State (see ad p33) 602-441-2447 10-Ball - limit 128 $65+$25 fee Chinook Winds Open(see ad p25) 360-703-4081 10-Ball Men’s - limit 128 Call Chinook Winds Open(see ad p25) 360-703-4081 10-Ball Women’s - limit 48 Call Western BCA (see ad p25) 9-Ball Championships Vary

Chris’s Billiards Shooter’s Billiards Shooter’s Billiards Deep Pockets Big Dog Billiards T’s Billiards Back Alley Billliards Pucketts Back Alley Billliards Sharkys Billiards Sidepocket Billiards Kato Cue Club Back Alley Billliards T’s Billiards Sharkys Billiards Back Alley Billliards Kato Cue Club

TOURNAMENTS 630-532-9651 913-780-5740 913-780-5740 309-517-1572 515-266-6100 918-622-7747 919-916-2837 817-293-8286 919-916-2837 563-359-7225 318-425-8112 507-388-7665 919-916-2837 918-622-7747 563-359-7225 919-916-2837 507-388-7665

Open 9-Ball One Pocket Open & Women’s 9-Ball No Masters 8-Ball Women’s 9-Ball 9-Ball one foul - 8 & under 7 & Under 8-Ball 9-Ball limit 80 Open 9-Ball Summer Shoot Out 8-Ball Open 9-Ball limit 128 No Masters 8-Ball 6 & Under 8-Ball Open 9-Ball Open 10-Ball Diamond Duel 7’T Jack & Jill Scotch Doubles Big Table 9-Ball limit 16

$50 $40 $65O/$50W $30 $50 $20+$10 g.f. $20 $50 $20 $40 $75 $25 $20 $20+$10 g.f. $40 $30 $40


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$1000 guar 11AM $1000 8PM $4000 8PM Fri $1000 w/64 11AM $500 11:30AM $100 every 10plyr 1PM Call 2PM $1500 10:30AM Call 2PM $1000 w/64 Call $2000 guar 11AM Call 11AM Call 2PM $100 every 8plyr Noon $1000 10AM Call 2PM Call 11AM

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JUlY 7-10 - Midwest 9-Ball Tour - Shooters, Olathe, KS JULY 8-10 - West Coast Challenge 10-Ball - Freemont, CA Table: 9ft - Grade: Two JULY 20-22 - U S Open 10-Ball - Las Vegas, NV Table: 7 ft - Grade: One JULY 23-25 - U S Open 8-Ball - Las Vegas, NV Table: 7ft - Grade: One August 13-15 - Eastern State 10 Ball Champs, Providence, RI Level 2, Grade 3 Aug 23-28 - US Bar Table Championships Las Vegas, NV August 25-28 - Turning Stone Classic IIVerona, New York Level 2, Grade 1 September 3-5 - Texas Open 9-ball Round Rock, Austin, TX Level 2, Grade 2 October - Gotham City Billiards Pro 9 BallClassic Brooklyn, NY Level 2, Grade 3 September 15-184 Bears 8 Ball ClassicNew Town, North Dakota Level 3 Grade 1 October 7-9 - Chinook Winds Open 10 BallLincoln City, Oregon Level 3, Grade 2 October - US Open 9 BallNorfolk, Virginia Level 1

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The Break Pool Magazine June/July Issue 2016  

Kim Anderson takes on Vegas, Omega APA results, Mill Casino result and so much more ... Read all about it in this issue

The Break Pool Magazine June/July Issue 2016  

Kim Anderson takes on Vegas, Omega APA results, Mill Casino result and so much more ... Read all about it in this issue