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PIAZZA DOUBLE DIPS By Samm Diep, PoolTipJar. com - On August 21-22, Table Steaks South (soon to be known as Billiards Ink) in Englewood, Colorado hosted a $1,000 added bar table 8-ball tournament, the second in a series of big money added events this summer. The tournament was held in conjunction with a Team CSI exhibition featuring Earl Strickland and John Schmidt, led by team manager Mark Cantrill. This weekend’s festivities drew a field of 57 top players from across the state, including cameo appearances from 2004 U.S. Open Champion, Gabe Owen and Albuquerque’s favorite, Tommy Tokoph. Owen went undefeated in the finals to await his opponent, while Tokoph worked his way through the left side of the field after his third round loss to Colorado Springs’ Ruben Silva. Tokoph eliminated a handful of tough players before meeting up with 8-ball expert, Tony Piazza. Tokoph would have

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to settle for fourth while Piazza went on to face Silva, who was just sent West by Owen. It was an ACUI face off. Silva, 2004 ACUI champ, and Piazza, two-time ACUI champ, put on an 8-ball clinic for the room full of spectators. The gentlemen exchanged racks until the score was tied 3-3. In the final game, piazza broke the balls wide open and weaved

through a sophisticated run out to face Owen in the finals. “I got fourth last time and third this time so I should get at least second next time,” jokingly said Silva. With two savvy bar table 8-ball players in the finals, the

Team CSI, the Earl Strickland and John Schmidt Show At 7 o’clock on Saturday, tournament players gladly took a break for a unique talent show. With Owen in the building, this visit meant three former U.S. Open Champions under one roof, a rare treat for Denver. The exhibition kicked off with the Strickland Comedy Hour which kept the full attention of the packed house with each trick and stroke shot, sprinkled with classic Strickland-isms like, “I ain’t afraid to die broke,” “That’s what makes the great players great,” or “This is a players’ table,” if he would miss. Strickland was in true form. He referenced his temper at his own expense and shared numerous crowd-pleasing road stories, including the tale of the $15,000 in fines he accrued one season when he refused to stop

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crowd knew they were in for a treat. Very few errors were made in the first set. It was run out after run out. When, in the final rack at 4-4, Owen made a critical error. He scratched on the break allowing Piazza to run that rack and take the first set. The theme would continue into the second set except this time, Owen seemed to lose some focus. Now, only a race to 4, every little mistake would count. While up 3-2, Piazza finally gave up on his second ball break and blasted the rack wide open to run out.

telling his opponent, “You’re cheating me!” when they pulled out their jump cue. Strickland closed the show with a full cue table-length jump-draw shot, six consecutive high speed wing shots and some classic trick shots. Fans were then treated to a race-to-seven match between Schmidt and “ATM” Andy Pettinger. Pettinger got two games on the wire but it wasn’t nearly enough to hang with Schmidt, who wowed fans with his impressive jump skills, smooth stroke, and cue ball control. In the end, a couple Piazza continued on page 23


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My Lucky Day

By Andrew A. Monstis ( Republished)

This story begins at the end of my summer vacation a couple of years back. I was driving through the countryside, taking the long way home and enjoying the trip, after playing in a pool tournament in Las Vegas. I had been driving all day and was getting bleary-eyed, thirsty, and hungry. I didn’t even know where I was, and when I passed a sign that said, “LAST GAS FOR 80 MILES,” I figured it was a good idea to stop. Another couple of miles and the reason for the sign became somewhat apparent. This little place in the middle of nowhere boasted a population of ninety-two. There was one gas station, one store, one small motel and a restaurant/lounge. Outside of a few trees and bushes and the road there were no other visible buildings or landmarks. But it looked good to me, so I checked into the motel, then headed across the dusty road to the restaurant. The building looked like something out of the old west. The wood siding was falling off and the paint was sun blistered. I got a sense that this town must always have been a traveler’s watering hole; a spot between two points. The smell of good home-cooked food told me I was in the right place at the right time. It smelled great and tasted even better, and the Ma and Pa owners chatted with me about the people they’d fed over the years. I relaxed and leaned back into the worn old booth, thinking about what it must be like to live in a place like this. After awhile, I got the bug to play some pool, since there was a coin-op over in the corner of the lounge area, and I was in no hurry to go anywhere fast. Some older local guy was knocking balls around by himself. He looked pretty much like part of the building, but he played pretty good, actually, and I hadn’t played any pool since Vegas nearly two weeks earlier. So I ambled over and asked him if he wanted to play. “Sure,” he said. “You want to play for anything?” I asked (as a courtesy, and besides, you never know when someone will say yes). He nodded, “Okay.” “Eight-ball for ten?” “Sure.” That I would find some easy action in such a small place was a pleasant surprise and made the long evening ahead look a whole lot more interesting. We flipped a coin and I lost the toss. The local player broke, making a ball on the break. The table looked easy and I figured he could run out, which he did. “Nice out,” I said, and paid him ten dollars.

“Thanks,” he replied, and stuck the bill in his overall pocket as I racked up again and stood by. He broke and sank two solids. He won’t get out, I told myself. I sized up the stripes and planned my run. He ran out. I paid him and plugged in another quarter. Again he dropped a ball on the break, but this time the table was messy, and I patiently waited for my turn. Well, this fellow kicked, massèd, banked and jumped to break out and make every ball on that table. He made it seem effortless. “Just a fluke,” I thought. So I threw a quarter in the slot, slapped the balls in the rack and stood back again. I must have put a inch of chalk on the tip of my cue just standing there waiting. He broke, he ran out, I paid. I racked, he broke, he ran out, I paid. He wasn’t making any of his shots look even remotely difficult. Just pocketing them, one after the other. His pace wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, just going from shot to shot knocking balls around. He broke, he ran out, I paid again. He had not missed pocketing one single ball. But, knowing that no one could keep this up forever, I waited for my chance to play and get my money and his. I racked. He ran out. After eight table runs I’m thinking, “Just how many racks can this guy run?” I didn’t want to admit it consciously, but by then I had stopped waiting for my turn. I had to see how many racks he could run. I knew I was losing money, but this guy was amazing! The bills kept leaving my pocket and going into his, and the whole time he was just quietly making shot after shot. After another seven racks without having shot once, I finally had to call it quits. I glanced around the lounge. The bartender and a few locals were exchanging the day’s events up at the bar, and one family was over in the restaurant eating dinner, but no one was paying any attention to what was going on over here at the pool table! How could they not know? It was like a “Twilight Zone” episode! The man across the table from me had just run fifteen consecutive racks of the best pool I had ever seen and everyone around was just living another day. I was so dumbfounded I didn’t know what to do or say to this guy, so I jokingly said, “Ever played pool before?” With a completely straight face he looked up and said, “Well, I used to play a lot ... not so much anymore.” “Not so much anymore,” I repeated. Not so much anymore! What must he have played like then! I stuck my hand out across the table and said, “I’m Andrew. What’s your name?” “My name is Lucky,” he said, with a slight

accent I couldn’t quite place. I couldn’t believe that was his real name, but all he would say when I questioned it was, “Lucky is what all the people around here call me.” I didn’t recognize Lucky as anyone I’d read about in magazines or seen at any pro events or on ESPN. He looked to be in his early 60’s, had longish hair and a peppery beard, stood about six-foot and probably weighed around 225. He wore glasses and was well-spoken. His cotton T- shirt, worn overalls and old but well-oiled boots were topped by a cap that said, “Where’s the Beef?” I offered to buy Lucky a beer, and as we sat down at a nearby table to drink, I just had to ask him what he was doing here. Lucky pushed his cap back on his head, stuck his legs out, crossed one boot over the other, and got comfortable. “I own a small cattle ranch down the road apiece,” he said. “I mostly work it and come into town to shoot balls when I can get away.” He’d play alone or with whomever happened to be passing through, like myself. He’d lived in this one-horse town for thirty-five years. Twenty-five years! “How’d you get so good?” I asked him. “Well,” Lucky answered, “I guess it’s because I used to play a lot before that.” Then Lucky got to telling me his story. When he was younger, he said, he traveled around playing a lot of players like Jimmy Caras, Willie Mosconi, Irving Crane, New York Blackie, Hal Mix, Cowboy Jimmy Moore, Steve Mizerack, Fly Boy Spears, Dan Louie, Pat Schumacher, Barry (the Brawler) Emerson, Stan Tourangeau, Detroit John and when they were young, aspiring pool players, Rifleman Buddy Hall, Jim Rempe and Mike Sigel. The list was endless. He said he beat those guys up regulary, and most of them wouldn’t gamble much with him anymore. “When I first came through here,” Lucky said through a sip of beer, “I got to playing some guy named Wimpy. I guess he was just traveling around, too.” Well, it turns out he and Wimpy played pool twelve to fourteen hours a day every day for two weeks. Wimpy would send off for money every couple of days. He had backers all over the country who would wire him money. “I ended up with over $148,000 by the time Wimpy decided to call it a quits and leave,” Very good money then, Lucky said, “But by then I’d gotten to like the people here. They’d come around now and then and watch a few games, Lucky continued on page 20

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Vidal Lona on Top at Surf City

The beautiful coastal for use at our tournaments, town of Santa Cruz, CA to West Coast Gurus for was the scene of the third providing the live streaming, stop of the California Pool which went very well in spite Players Tour hosted by of a few hiccups with the Surf City Billiards & Café shared wi-fi at the facility, the weekend of August and to Ken Mendoza of 14-15. Special thanks to Jaide Billiard Services, for owners Calvin Lee and providing on-site cue repair. Doug Millan for welcoming Stop #4 is September us to their gorgeous room 25-26 at Family Billiards and for their exceptional in San Francisco, and we hospitality. Check this return to Surf City for Stop place out if for no other #5 on October 16-17, when reason than the food, where hotel rates should be more everything is prepared from reasonable – check our scratch and is magnificent. website or Facebook page Diego Vidal Lona, Robert Emmons and Fred Stanfield Compliments to the chefs!! for updated information. Thirty players – 19 B/C bracket players and 11 Pro/A bracket players – The November 13-14 regional championship tournament at California battled for the $2,150.00 in prize money. Summer weekend plans and high Billiard Club in Mountain View is just around the corner, where at least season room rates contributed to the lower turnout. However, we welcomed $1,250 will be added to the prize fund. Players must compete in three stops several new members to the Tour from the Santa Cruz area as well as from in order to qualify for this event. Arizona. Thank you players! Paypal is up and taking registrations for all upcoming tournaments. Sign Tournament winner Diego Vidal Lona, a Capitola-area A player, started up at to guarantee your spot. We look forward with a first round bye, defeated Robbie Lyng 7-2, lost to Gus Briseno 3-7, to seeing everyone! and defeated Al Markasky 7-2 to make it to Sunday. Lona got an automatic 1st Diego Vidal Lona $500 pass on Sunday when Paul McCaffrey was a no show, and after another bye 2nd Robert Emmons $300 defeated Michael Reddick 7-1 for a rematch with Gus Briseno, who was sent 3rd Fred Stanfield $225 to the left side by his road partner and eventual finalist, Robert Emmons. 4th Teymour Ansari $175 Lona easily defeated Briseno 7-3, Teymour Ansari 7-3, and Fred Stanfield 5-6th Gus Briseno, Chris Cruz $150 7-1 to reach the finals. 7-8th Michael Reddick, Bee Davison $125 Robert Emmons claimed the hot seat by defeating Paul Bramwell 7-3, 9-12th Paul McCaffrey, Danny Cano, Jon Butler, Mark Hays $100 Ken Mendoza 7-3, Ramon Mistica 7-4, Gus Briseno 7-2, and Fred Stanfield 7-5. In the final, single race to 9, Lona took a commanding lead 4-0. Emmons fought his way to 7-5 but Lona was just too strong by that point and put him away 9-5. Many thanks to our sponsor Magic Rack, for providing their product

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14.1 at Sam's

The August first Sunday 14.1 tournament at Sam's attracted six local followers of the game. Dave Randell, Paul Marquez, Dustin, Frank, Paul Lamar, and Buzz Poleson played a full round robin, so everyone enjoyed five full games, win or lose. Paul Lamar dominated, winning all five of his matches. There were several 20+ runs, and there Mr Lamar also topped the list with a 28. 1st 2nd 3rd

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by: Dan Bummer I’m just pondering changing the names on our league divisions to the following:

Obama Division This division will be based on the latest fad and position of spreading the wealth. Your $5 fee this year will be increased by a $5 tax which will be used to help the weaker players in your division. They will receive an extra $1 for every win, while the better players will now receive 50 cents per win. Of course, the league President will decide who the better players are. There is also a bill up for vote for a “Drink to Your Health” Insurance plan. This will give every player an extra drink every league night. I see no trouble in this passing and your fee will be increased by another $5. You will begin paying for it this year, but it won’t take effect until 2014. Also on the horizon is a Chalk and Tax Bill. You will be assessed a fee for every time you chalk your stick this year. Once again, the League President will make the determination of how many times you chalk up and bill you. The top two teams from last year will be deemed ‘ too big to fail’ and all other teams will be required to pay an additional fee to support them this year and in the future if they continue to be first or second. This will be an economic and sociological benefit to the league as we need to keep them from folding. It will also create and save more teams in the league. Right now, this division has created over 150 teams and we have turned the corner on the latest pool recession.

Glenn Beck Division This division is based on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence where every player is considered equal to each other and wins will be decided on play at the table. It will be a fair and balanced division. Fees will remain at $5 and you will receive $2 for every win. Basically, it will be run as in the past. The name change will be the only thing different. If you care to comment or have other ideas for leagues email please keep it on a comical note.

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By David Teller SPOKANE VALLEY, WA Despite the struggling economy, Spokane-area pool players are pitching in to help resuscitate their favorite place to shoot pool, which was facing closure. In spite of numerous setbacks, the new owner is leading the effort with a major renovation and a name change. In late July, Concord, Calif. natives Steve and Kenna Legault finalized the purchase deal and took over ownership and operations of McQ’s Billiards and Sports Bar, which is now called Black Diamond Billiards & Eatery. McQ’s opened in May 1994 and quickly built a solid reputation as a good place for pool league and became known across the region for hosting some of the best 9-Ball tournaments drawing professional names like Mike Massey, Paul Potier, Santos Sambajon Jr. and Canadian players like Stan Tourangeau and Brady Gollan. The action halted in April 2008. McQ’s ownership changed hands and the new proprietor at that time was not interested in hosting tournaments. In the 16 years prior to the Legaults’ buy out, McQ’s changed ownership three times, management turned over another six times, plus there was a year-long furlough in 2000 from financial troubles. Though it continued to have a loyal following through the league action, McQ’s

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was fading but still had potential. “It had huge possibilities but it was a mess,” Legault said. After a serious clean one of the first immediate changes he made was the name. “We felt that it had been run into the ground,” Legault said. The name Black Diamond was the idea of his wife of 35 years, Kenna. Originally they planned to go with the name “Musconi’s” but reconsidered after discovering possible copyright conflicts. That wasn’t the only hurdle Legault had. Initially, the McQ’s owner first advertised selling the business last November but wasn’t interested in Legault’s offer, so Legault pursued other interests. Last

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spring, the McQ’s owner contacted Legault and was ready to talk. Legault added that the lease for the establishment was overwhelming and the property owner seemed unwilling to renegotiate a new lease agreement. After six weeks of fluctuating conditions, broken communication, emails, numerous telephone messages and the help of a leasing agent, Legault got a new, lowerpriced lease and finalized the purchase of the business for a “fire sale” price, which could not have come sooner. “If we didn’t get (the lease agreement) the place would have been shut down.” Legault said of

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a conversation he had with McQ’s owner. Legault is no stranger to owning businesses. He has owned and operated a street sweeping business for 30 years, albeit this is his first venture into a food and beverage type of establishment. Though he never has played pool competitively, he played a lot as a teenager and always aspired for bigger things. “I always wanted to have a pool hall,” Legault said. “It was a childhood dream.” With his dream in hand, he has a lot of work to do, namely an extensive renovation. After September, pool players going to Black Diamond will notice a significant difference in the dining area. The carpets and décor are going to be different too. Legault describes the new theme as “nice, but not stuffy,” with warmer earth tones and a cleaner, uncluttered ambience. The venture has been good for both Spokane-area players, many of whom have volunteered their time and resources helping out. Black Diamond’s founder has caught the pool bug. “I’m rediscovering the love I had of the game,” Legault said. Black Diamond Billiards and Eatery is located at 9614 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, Wash., or call (509) 891-8357.

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Cue Ball Importance, Part 1 By Roger Long, Advanced Certified Instructor

The cue ball is frequently overlooked as being much of an important factor in playing the game of pool. Other than it being the only all-white ball on the table, and being the one that is used to shoot at its intended targets, many players just assume it is the same as all the other balls. But the particular cue ball in use can really become an important issue with a lot of players; especially those at the higher skill levels. Please allow me to explain why. Roger Long The Official Rules & Records Book specifies that all pool balls are to be 2-1/4 inches in diameter with a tolerance range of plus or minus 5-thousands of an inch, and are to weigh 5-1/2 to 6 ounces. The reason for the size thing is so that the horizontal center lines all meet at the same point ensuring tighter racks and equal carom reactions. The weight thing is meant to equalize rebound speeds and other collision-induced reactions. Now this is where the subject of the cue ball comes into the picture. Not all cue balls are made to the same specs as the object balls. This creates unequal reactions between these oddball cue balls and the object balls. For a player who has fine-tuned his game to the reactions produced by standard cue balls, suddenly introducing an out-of-spec cue ball to the game can throw that player for a loop in no time. “Oddball” cue balls are most generally found on coin-operated bar tables. That’s because the size, weight, material, or something, has to be changed in order for the table’s return mechanism to be able to identify the cue ball as such, and return it to the head end of the table instead of sending it to the ball bay that holds the object balls. Older bar tables used cue balls that were 2-3/8 inches in diameter, and weighed as much as 7 ounces. Those things were a real adventure in frustration to play with. Then about 30 years ago, we started seeing bar table cue balls that were 2-1/4 inches, but the weight was still around 7 ounces. Now if you don’t think one ounce makes any difference, just try drawing or jumping that overweight little sucker. It’s next to impossible! And not to mention getting it stopped once you get it rolling. In more recent years, however, technology has allowed manufacturers to produce coin-operated tables that can be used with properly sized and weighted cue balls. This has come as a welcome relief to the many advanced players who enjoy playing in bar leagues, but have heretofore had to put up with unruly cue balls. Next month, we’ll delve a little further into the subject of cue balls. Read more articles by Roger Long at

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What is one of your favorite pool memories since becoming a pro?


This is a really hard question to answer because I have SO many great memories playing pool- or this question could turn into a great lesson to an upcoming player? Melissa Little I first started playing in 1997 on “the hill” in the college town of Boulder, CO. It was there that my young-gun friends Kevin Satterfield & Dave Evens got me interested in pool. Those were the good days, when nothing mattered except having a great time and learning to play pool. My friends and I would drive from Boulder to Denver where the 24-hour poolrooms were- I had the best time with them learning, playing, and staying up all night at the pool halls After moving to Denver in 1993, with then boyfriend Bret, I started taking pool more seriously and made the decision to make pool my career and not just a hobby. I started travelling a lot, on the then “Hunter Tour”, trying to qualify for the WPBA Tour- the best of the best! Between 1997-1998 I won five qualifiers to get me started. Back then that was the ONLY way to get on the WPBA tour was to win national qualifiers- then you had to get into the top ½ of the field 50% of the time to get your tour card. Towards the end of 1998 I had played in four consecutive WPBA events and had finished in the top half four times in a row. I was playing on my last qualifying spot in the WPBA BCA Open. I had to win a losers side match against Loree Jon Jones to get my touring pro status. My entire family was present in the ballroom of the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The score was 7-7 going to 9. Loree Jon broke and ran to make it 8-7 & I took a break. When I got back from my break I walked past my cheering family in the stands to get back into the arena- they encouraged me to win. I got back to the table and broke and ran the next rack, now the score is 8-8. Loree Jon broke and scratched and I knew at that point I had a chance to win- it took me about 20 minutes to run the rack but when I sunk that 9-ball the crowd irrupted and I looked back to see my mom crying her little eyes out- that was a great moment in my young career to beat a Hall of Famer & legend of the game to receive my touring pro status- it was awesome! Over the years, I have collaborated many stories like these and am still working towards accomplishing my goals- but if I could get a lesson on this story it would be: it really does not matter what you have won in pool but the process of accumulating all of those great memories is what counts. To this day I would not have changed a thing and feel blessed that I can make pool my career and travel the world playing a game. Cherish every moment you can- because before you know it- 10 years will pass in a blink of an eye. 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 top10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is currently the house-pro 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:

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Ten Things I Love About Pool By Samm Diep, © August 2010

I recently started keeping a Gratitude Journal. This means that each night, I commit to reflecting on the positive thoughts from that day that I am grateful for. This can be anything from winning a tournament to having a wonderful, loyal dog to being thankful I have internet access. No matter how tough life may seem, there is always something we can be grateful for. That’s the objective of the journal, to train your brain to reflect on the positive, because it can get so easy in life to only remember the negative. Keeping with the theme of “Gratitude” Samm Diep here are ten random things that I love about pool and why I’m grateful for the game. I encourage you to make your own list. 1. I love the sound of the balls hitting the back of the pocket! There’s no other sound quite like it. It makes my heart smile. 2. Making a plan and following through with it gives me a great sense of accomplishment. It’s a great feeling to choose your pattern and execute it just as you intended. 3. Sharing the game with others is incredibly rewarding. I love that I am able to teach and share the good word of pocket billiards with so many players. And, when I see their improvement, it’s very gratifying. 4. I like cracking the puzzle. One of my favorite games is bar table 8-ball. I love working through the rack and solving the mystery. Many have compared it to a chess match. 5. Getting dirty can be fun. After a long practice session, I can measure how hard I played by how covered in chalk my hands and clothes become. I love practicing in white for this reason. 6. I am a performer. Like an athlete or musician, I have worked very hard to polish my skills and am extremely proud to be able to perform for myself and others. I do not take this opportunity for granted. 7. Break out shots make me happy. I love nudging the balls right where I want them. What can I say? I’m a straight pool player. Blasting that break ball can also be quite exhilarating. 8. I love my equipment! I couldn’t be happier with my Chris Byrne Custom Cue and Jim Murnak Case. If you’re privileged enough to have good stuff, you want to use it and show it off. 9. I’m always learning. It never ceases to amaze me how much there still is to learn about this game. I’m constantly discovering new things about my abilities and about the history of the sport. It’s a wonderful thing to keep your brain stimulated. 10. Meeting other pool nuts! One of my favorite things about being so deeply involved with pool is meeting other players that are also as passionate about the game as I am. It certainly is an amazing bond that we all share. Once you put your list together, keep it in your case. The next time you lose a match, miss an 8 ball, or just feel like retiring your cue, take out your list and remember why you’re playing. Remember the ten things you love about pool. Read more articles by Samm Diep at

Frozen Force By: Bob Jewett

San Francisco Billiard Academy The balls don’t always behave the way you expect. This can be a disaster in competition but is a standard feature of trick shots. Studying good trick shots -- ones that demonstrate an underlying principle -- will prepare you for when similar shots appear in your matches. Bob Jewett Shot 1 shows a trick shot that has been in print for over a century; it is in Joe Hood’s 1908 book “Trick and Fancy Pool Shots Exposed.” The problem is to make the 1 ball directly into the corner pocket. It is frozen to the 2 ball. Simple physics suggests that the shot is impossible, but when the balls are really frozen, strange things happen. Hit the 1 ball nearly full, just barely favoring the rail-side. Use good draw on the cue ball and a fair amount of force. Most importantly, make sure there is no daylight at all between the 1 and the 2 -- you may need to tap them in place to ensure the freeze. Play with the shot to get a feel for how full you have to hit the 1 into the 2 to move it towards the pocket. If you hit it directly into the 2, you should be able to get the 1 to go straight ahead, which is useful in ? Dead 9 ball? other situations. For extra effect as 4 9 an exhibition shot, change the angle 3 Shot 2 of the 1-2 into the cushion so that the 2 ball goes two cushions to the upper-right corner pocket. While the draw helps the 1 ball go forward, it’s not absolutely required for the shot to work. There are actually two effects operating. Draw on the cue ball will transfer a little follow to the 1 ball, but the frozen-ball contact by itself will send the 1 ball forward. In Shot 2 is a practical application of the second effect. In a game of 9 ball, you’re looking at an apparently hopeless cluster. You can get the 9 Frozen!! Shot 1 moving a little by driving the 3 into 1 Pocket the 1 ball it and having it come off the 4, but 2 the kiss line says that the 9 will land on the long rail a full ball from going into the pocket. Well, not if Frozen Force is helping you. Try the shot, again making very sure that the 9 is frozen to the 4 ball. The 3 ball is frozen or close to the 9 so that the fullness of the hit of the 9 into the 4 is controlled. One way to judge that fullness is to first put your stick at the cluster and along the 4-9 line, then move the butt of your stick until it is along the 9-3 line, pivoting at the tip. The inches that the butt of the cue moves is the number of degrees off fullness of the shot. Can you move the 9-4 out to the foot spot (like two spotted balls) and still make the 9 in the corner? For such an extreme departure from the kiss line, you’ll find that the placement of the 3 needs to be very precise. This shot from the spot is common at one pocket, but that game has the advantage that getting shots just close puts your opponent in a world of hurt. From the spot, try the shot without the 3 and using draw to see how much draw helps the angle. Knowing this secret that’s not so secret will also help you avoid shots that look dead but aren’t. Suppose in Shot 2 the balls are all moved up a couple of ball widths. Now the kiss line will say “probably good” while the Frozen Force principle says “no way.” This shot is definitely worth the investment of half an hour of study at the table. REJ

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Rumble at Vinnie’s 1st: Kacie Ragen and Leslie Bernardi

2nd: Brenda Johnson and Sally Harvey

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3rd: Stacy Wilson and Tiffany Walker

prize pot wasn’t huge these women gave up their Sunday afternoon for the competition, the fun but ultimately for the glory of being the Champs of this monthly tournament. Women were still reminiscing last years tournament champs and some had to recall even further back when they were champs. We had 10 teams competing on this first event. Our next stop will be held on Sunday September 26 at 1:00 pm. The location is still to be determined. Check for more info on upcoming tournaments and leagues. RESULTS 1st $70 Kacie Ragen-Leslie Bernardi 2nd $50 Brenda Johnson-Sally Harvey 3rd $31 Stacy Wilson-Tiffany Walker 4rd $20 Jess Quinata-Cony Mendoza 5th Jenny McCary-Carol Prescott 6th Tina Mendoza-Tracy Datuin Erin McKibben-Brenda Clark Patti Brown-Carmen Milholland Annette Wood-Lauren Rutkovitz-Barbara Martish

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Montour wins her 2nd Consecutive NWPA Tour Stop The Northwest Women’s Pool Association’s 5th tour stop took place on Aug 14-15, 2010. 34 ladies came to compete for the $750 added prize fund, representing 2 Canadian Provinces and 5 states. The Parlor, located at Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington has 13 9 foot and 2 pro 8 foot Brunswick tables. A breakfast menu was available both Saturday and Sunday morning, and as always a favorite was the Happy Hour menu available all day on Sunday. Many of the ladies took advantage of the Comedy Club show on Saturday night after play had finished. The NWPA would like to thank our title sponsors BDA merchandise at bdainc. com, Ozone Billiards at and Sanmar at Please check out their websites. Thirty-four ladies started play on Saturday morning and there were several players that came out for their first NWPA event. The NWPA would like to welcome Dana Michaels from Vancouver BC, Connie O’Heron from Wausau, WI, Dee Reis from Ocean Park, WA, Olga Azorova from Seattle, WA, and Faith Morfim from Lynnwood, WA. Only twelve ladies remained in the main event when play resumed Sunday morning. On the a side, three out of the four same ladies from the previous stop were in contention for the hot seat; Jana Montour vs. June Maiers and Kimberly Kirk vs. Shelby Locati. Both Jana and Kimberly would advance through their morning matches 7-6 and 7-5 to have a repeat of the last event’s a side final with a similar result; Jana winning the point in commanding fashion 7-1. On the b side there were 8 ladies that returned for play on Sunday: Shari Ross vs. Stacy Eilts, Jackie Karol vs. Eve Stockstill, Andrea SaenzMaes vs. Suwanna Kroll, and Regene Wetzel vs. Suzanne Smith. Jackie defeated Eve 7-0 and Regene advanced by Suzanne 7-5. Shari and Andrea also both won their morning matches (7-1 and 7-6) but ended up tied 7/8th as Jackie and Regene defeated them 7-1 and 7-6. Jackie then defeated Shelby 7-3 and June defeated Regene 7-5 to advance. Jackie would also advance past June in a hill-hill nail biter where June hung the winning 9 ball in heartbreaking fashion to a 4th place finish. Jackie then played Kimberly and defeated her as well 7-4 to have the opportunity to play in her first NWPA final against Jana Montour. THE FINAL: Jana Montour vs. Jackie Karol- One Race to 9 Jana’s path to the Final: Connie O (3), Suwanna K (5), Jackie K (4), June M (6), Kimberly K (1). Jackie’s path to the Final: Kit D (2), Elaine E (4), loss to Jana, Eve S (0), Shari R (1), Shelby L (3), June M (6), and Kimberly K (4) Jackie won the lag and broke first, but Jana started off the match shooting extremely well and took a commanding 4-0 lead. Jackie responded by reducing the number of low percentage shots that she took and improving her safety play, she won the next three racks. Jana and Jackie then exchanged racks to 7-6, when in the 14th game a rattled 6

ball by Jana would allow Jackie to tie it up at 7 games a piece. Jana would take game 15 to reach the hill first, but Jackie battled back in game 16 to tie it up once again at 8 games each. Game 17- Jackie broke pocketing the 1 and 3 balls. Jackie attempted a thin cut on the 2 but missed leaving Jana kicking off head rail. Jana made a good hit, but no rail after contact so ball in hand on the 2. Jackie pocketed the 2 then 4, but hooked herself on the 5. She kicked off the side rail and made a good hit and also got safe. Jana kicked off the end rail and made a good hit, but left an opening for Jackie. Jackie thinned the 5 in the corner, but hooked herself on the 6 ball. Jana attempted to play safe on the 6, but overshot her position leaving the table wide open. Jackie cut the 6 and left herself a reverse angle cut off the side rail on the 7. Jackie rattled the 7 but ended up hooking Jana again. Jana laughed at the predicament and then kicked behind the 7 and banked it into the opposite corner leaving herself perfect position on the 8. Jana ran the last two balls to claim top honors and to win her second consecutive stop. Congratulations to Jana Montour for winning her third event of the 2010 season and solidifying her position atop the standings which guarantees an invitation to the 2011 WPBA Regional Tour Championships. And to Jackie Karol her best finish yet moved her up one more place in the standings in her quest for an invite to the RTCs… MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS 1st $560 Jana Montour 2nd $350 Jackie Karol 3rd $232 Kimberly Kirk 4th $172 June Maiers 5/6th $102 Regene Wetzel/Shelby Locati 7/8th $72 Shari Ross/Andrea Saenz-Maes Six ladies returned for the $100 added second chance event. With such a low number, a round robin format was chosen where each lady would play the others 5 games each. Suzanne Smith won top prize as she finished tied with runner up Connie O’Heron from Wausau, WI. Since Suzanne had beaten Connie 3-2 in their set, she claimed top prize. SECOND CHANCE PAYOUTS 1st $70 Suzanne Smith 2nd $40 Connie O’Heron 3rd $30 Natasha Hook 4th $20 Denice White Our next tour stop will be held at the Golden Fleece in Kenmore, Washington on Sept. 18-19th. Come check us out in person or visit our website for more Live Streaming action at

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Carolina Express Crowned 8-Ball Doubles Champions!

The tournament action shifted to the Top of the Riviera on Saturday evening for the finals of the 8-Ball Doubles Championship. Carolina Express—Jason Holmes (SL6) and James Page (SL4) of Dunn, N.C., were paired against Melissa & Joseph—Melissa Jones (SL3) and Joseph Coleman (SL7) of Madison, Tenn., in the final round. In the end, it was Carolina Express taking home $7,800 and the Champion title. Melissa & Joseph earned $3,600 as Runners-Up. The final score was 4-0.

Carolina Express (Dunn, NC) Jason Holmes, James Page

Kool Katz Win 9-Ball Doubles Championship Kool Katz—Steve Desimone (SL4) and Luis Hernandez (SL4)—from Stoneham, Mass., took home the $5,000 1st Place prize in the 9-Ball Doubles Championship on Friday afternoon. Yeaa Buddy! —Alicia Deabreu (SL3) and Monika Ruszin (SL2) —from Lake Worth, Fla., went home $3,000 richer for their Runner-Up finish. The race was 31-14, with the final score 31-8.

Kool Katz (Stoneham, MA) Steve Desimone, Luis Hernandez

Triple Fish Wins Masters Championship

The finals of the Masters Championship paired Triple Fish—Wai Pang, Jason Jones and Charlie Phillippou— from Montgomery, Ala., against Zack Attack—Steve Lingelbach, Mike Stevens and Bob Zack—from Portland, Ore. Up in the first match was Zack from Zack Attack and Phillippou from Triple Fish. Zack took the match, 7-4. Wai from Triple Fish was able to secure the win, defeating Lingelbach from Zack Attack, 7-4. The final score was 2-1.

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Triple Fish (Montgomery, AL): Jason Jones, Wai Pang, Charlie Phillippou

Dale Fitch (SL5) from Federal Way, Wash., defeated Andrew Niebrugge (SL4) from Decatur, Ill., in the finals of the Wheelchair Challenge on Friday. Dale took home $2,400 for his win and Andrew earned $1,000 for his Runner-Up finish. The final score was 4-2

3rd Peter Ploem (Aloha, OR)

Story & Photo’s by: Merle Humphreys The APA National Masters 3-person team Championship was held at the Broke and made a stripe then made one more ball and missed. Bobby ran out. Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas August 22 -- 25th. Approximately 192 Score: 5-4 “Zack Attack” GAME #10 – Bobby broke making the 2-Ball then Ran teams competed in this event from all over the United States and Canada. The the table. Score: 6-4 in favor of the “Zack Attack.” GAME #11 – Bobby broke competition was phenomenal as it featured outstanding skill and creative shot made two Balls but also scratched. Charlie shot in the 11-Ball and then played making at it’s finest. The Portland Oregon team of “Zack Attack” with Bobby safe. Bobby kicked in a ball and ran 3 more balls but then scratched. Taking Ball Zack, Mike Stevens, and Steve Lingelbach fought their way valiantly through the In hand Charlie ran the table all the way down to his last ball, but hooked himself field and were undefeated all behind the 8-ball. He the way to the “top of the kicked at his ball, but Riv” finals on Wednesday ended up scratching. afternoon. Receiving Ball In Meeting the “Zack Attack” hand, Bobby ran the at the finals gate was ”Triple rest of his balls and Fish” a Montgomery Alabama pocketed the 8-Ball --. team with Charlie Pillippou, Game & Match race. Jason Jones, and Wai Pang. Team Match 1-Zip The three of them had been in favor of the “Zack bounced into the one loss Attack” who needed side in the early competition, to win just one more only to tear through the field match race to claim annihilating everyone in their the championship path on their journey to the title. finals. The second The format was a race match race was to seven playing usually both between Portland’s 8-ball and 9-Ball. Five (5) Mike Stevens games of 8-Ball, and 8 games and Jason Jones of 9-Ball. Theoretically, if a of Montgomery player chose 9-Ball, the match Alabama. The match Zack Attack (Portland, OR): Bob Zack, Mike Stevens, Steve Lingelbach could be won without ever went as follows: playing 8-Ball,but to this writer’s knowledge that never happened. The winner of GAME #1 – Jason won the lag, and decided to break so Mike chose to play 8-ball the lag got to choose whether to break, or to name either the game of 8-Ball, or first. Jason made a stripe on the break and then ran the table. —1-Zip in favor of 9-Ball, to be played first. If the winner chose to break then the opponent decided the “Triple Fish.” GAME #2- Jason broke dry. Mike pocketed the 2-Ball and then on game would be played first. The first team to win two matches would be the ran out. Match tied 1-1. GAME #3 – Mike broke and made the 11-Ball then ran winner. This year, ”Sudden Death” was incorporated into the mix. If the playing all the way down to the 8-Ball and fouled. Jason took Ball In hand and then ran teams had not completed their 2nd match race by a 2 hour and 15 minute time out the table. Score now 2-1 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #4 – Jason broke limit from their starting time, then, the sudden death concept went into effect pocketing the 13-Ball then ran out the table. Score now 3-1 in favor of “Triple which meant that they would continue to finish out their 2nd race in the normal Fish.” GAME #5 – Jason broke & Scratched. Mike ran the table but jawed his last fashion, but the 3rd and final race would only be a race to one game. Many of ball in the corner. Jason then ran out. Score: 4-1 in favor of the “Triple Fish .” Now the player thought this format change was unfair seeing how they had come so with all five games of 8-Ball having been played they moved onto 9-Ball. GAME far to compete, but on the other hand, APA’s contention was that there weren’t #6 – Jason made the 7-Ball on the break and then played safe. Mike executed any more 5 & 6 hour matches going on, no more 3 am matches having to be a jump shot pocketing the 1-ball, but missed his attempt at the 2-ball. Jason played, and/or, any teams really holding up the tournament and making other made a 2-4 combo, then missed the 2 ball on his next shot. Mike ran out. Score teams to have to wait long hours to play unnecessarily either. Therefore, all the 4-2 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #7 – Mike broke and pocketed the 4-ball, matches pretty well kept to the scheduled starting times. T h e then played safe. Jason made the 1-Ball and then played safe. Mike doubled first match race was between Portland’s Bobby Zack and Charlie Phillippou of the corner and kicked the 2-ball which caromed in the 9-Ball in the side pocket. Montgomery Alabama and went as follows: GAME #1 – Bobby won the lag, and Score 4-3 still in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #8 – Mikey Broke dry. Jason played decided to break so Charlie chose to play 9-ball first. Bobby made the 1-ball on safe. Mike kicked at the 1-ball and made a good hit. Jason banked the 1-ball the break but not having a good shot played safe. Charlie played a safe back. cross sides and ran out.. Score now 5-3 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #9 Bobby made a 2-6 combo, but didn’t have a good shot on the 2 so he played – Jason Broke dry. Mike attempted a long 1-9 jump combo, but missed. Jason safe again. Charlie played a safe right back. Bobby attempted a safe again, but made the 1 & 2-balls, but then hooked himself behind the 6-ball. He kicked at the left Charlie a shot. Charlie made the 2-ball, but missed and left the 3-ball “jawed” 3-ball and made a good hit while hooking Mike in the process. Mike hit the 3-ball in the pocket. Bobby then ran out—1-Zip in favor of the “Zack Attack.” GAME but failed to contact a rail after the hit. Jason with Ball in Hand to start ran the #2- Bobby Scratched on the Break. Charlie combo’d the 1-9 full length of the 3,4,5, and 6, but hooked himself. Jason jumped made a hit and left Mike tough. table. Match tied 1-1. GAME #3 – Charlie Broke and made the 7-Ball then ran all Mike missed his cut leaving Jason a tough cut as well. Jason miss the cut shot the way down to the 9-Ball and missed. Bobby missed. Charlie made the nine. and scratched. Taking Ball In Hand Mike ran out. Score: 5-4 in favor of “Triple Score now 2-1 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #4 – Charlie Broke pocketing the Fish.” GAME #10 – Mike broke making the 1-Ball then Ran the table but got out 2-Ball then rolled out. Bobby played safe. Charlie made a hit but left Bobby a shot of line on the 9-ball and missed. Jason pocketed the 9-ball. Score: 6-4 in favor on the 1-ball to the corner. Bobby made the 1-Ball and then ran the table. Score of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #11 – Jason broke making the 1-Ball then missed now 2-2. GAME #5 – Bobby made the 9-Ball on the break. Score: 3-2 in favor of on the 2-ball. Mike ran the table. Score: 6-5 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME the “Zack Attack.” GAME #6 – Bobby made the 1 & the 5 on the Break, then ran #12 – Mike broke make the 1-Ball, but scratched. Jason made the 2 & 3-Ball, but to the 7-Ball and missed. Charlie ran out. Score 3-3 GAME #7 – Charlie Broke missed pocketing the 4-ball and ended up hooking Mike. Mike attempted to hit and Scratched. Bobby ran the table. Score 4-3 in favor of “Zack Attack.” GAME the 4-ball but fouled giving up Ball In Hand to Jason who then ran out the table #8 – Bobby Broke making the 1 & 4 but scratched. Charlie made the 2 & 3-ball to claim the match race victory. Team Score: 1-1 and one more race to go for all but then missed on the 4-ball. Bobby pocketed the 5-Ball, but scratched. With the marbles! Ball in Hand, Charlie ran out. Score now 4-4 and on to 8-Ball. GAME #9 – Charlie The third and final match race to decide it all was between Portland’s Steve Masters (continued on page 19)

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Callado Wins Second Stop

The second stop of the 2010 West Coast Women’s Regional 9 Ball Tour player was bound to be popular. Mary got off to a fast start in the final (WCWRT) took place August 7 & 8 at The Broken Rack in Emeryville, match, building a lead of 5-2 before Eleanor reversed the momentum and CA—where they love women’s closed to 5-5. pool. Forty-two women entered Mary responded quickly the main event, a new high for by pocketing the 9 on the snap in the Tour which is in just its second the 11th game and then sinking a year. WCWRT expects to continue 3/9 combo in the 12th to take the growing because it’s clear that match 7 – 5. In a repeat of the first lots of women love playing stop finals, Eleanor had lost the hot competitive pool. Every WCWRT seat advantage and had to face stop features a main event that Mary a second time to determine is true double elimination, race to the tournament winner. Maintaining seven on both sides and a second her composure, Eleanor rose to chance tournament that is single the occasion with a 7-3 victory, her elimination, race to five. second first place finish in as many While WCWRT boasts several stops. strong players, this tournament Twenty players returned cemented the position of Eleanor Sunday for the Second Chance Callado and Mary Rakin as the two event. Holly Robinson met in the playing best at this time. That is finals of that tournament, winning hardly surprising given that Eleanor 5-1. won her WPBA tour exemption at 1st Eleanor Callado ($480), Wayne Boucher, Broken Rack owner, 2nd Mary Rakin ($315) While Callado and Rakin the end of 2009 and Mary finished have dominated at the top of the second at the WPBA Regional Tour Championship main event, the rest of the results tell a different this February, losing only to the phenom from story. Linda Carter is the only other player to Taiwan, Shu-Han Chang. In a repeat of the first make the final eight of the main event at both stop this year, Eleanor and Mary met in the hot stops. None of the top four finishers in the second seat match, with Eleanor prevailing 7-4. Over on chance tournament at the first stop were in the the one-loss side, Mary faced Helen Gaughran. final eight of the second chance tournament at Helen was playing with lots of confidence; earlier this stop. At any WCWRT stop many players that week she’d made her way through a field of have a chance to hit the board in one of the two 39 in The Broken Rack’s First tournaments and take home some cash. Tuesday, USPPA 9 Ball Tournament, ending The WCWRT thanks The Broken Rack and just one game shy of the finals. In the women’s additional sponsor Hugh Groman Catering—find event, Helen was in the final eight at the end of out how they make catering eco-friendly at www. the first day and on Sunday morning, she beat All 42 players appeared Stacey Allsup of Las Vegas and Heather Pulford to have a great time. Next stop on the Tour will Emilyn Callado (2nd) and Holly Robinson (1st) to meet Rakin for a chance to play in finals. But be at South First Billiards in San Jose, Sep. 11 & Mary seemed determined to get another shot at 12. Women can join the Tour at any stop and this first place. Helen lost 1-7 ending her tournament run in third place. year women can choose to pay a one-stop membership fee of just $10. Eleanor, as The Broken Rack’s house pro, might be thought to have Entry fee is $30 and includes entry in the Second Chance tournament for an advantage at this venue. But Mary is no stranger to the room, having those players not in the final eight of the main event. played many events there over the years. San Francisco natives, both For more information see our ad on page 22 or visit our website players had family, friends and fans in attendance—so a win by either 9-Ball Final eight players and their prize money were: 1 $480 Eleanor Callado 2 $315 Mary Rakin 3 $235 Helen Gaughran 4 $160 Heather Pulford 5/6 $120 Linda Miyoshi, Stacy Allsup 7/8 $80 Revelina Morales, Linda Carter

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Lingelbach and Wai Pang of Montgomery Alabama. Their match went as follows: GAME #1 – Wai won the lag, and decided to break so Steve chose to play 8-ball first. Wai broke and made one of each on the break, then ran the table. —1-Zip in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #2- Wai broke making a solid and then ran 5 balls before playing safe. Steve played safe, but Wai kicked in his ball and then ran out. Match tied 2-Zip in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #3 – Wai broke dry. Steve ran 4 balls and missed. Wai played safe. Steve made a great hit, but gave Wai an opening whereby he was able to run out the rack. Score now 3-Zip in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #4 – Wai broke pocketing the 5-Ball, but then missed. Steve made a tremendously difficult run out pulling off shots that seemingly weren’t even there. Score now 3-1 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #5 – Steve broke and made a stripe. He pocketed another stripe, then played safe. Wai made a good hit and left Steve bad. Steve attempted a hit, but scratched. Wai took ball and hand and ran the table through his last ball, but then accidentally scratched. Steve received Ball In hand and ran out the rest of the rack. Score:3-2 in favor of the “Triple Fish,” and now with all five games of 8-Ball having been played they moved onto 9-Ball. GAME #6 – Steve broke dry. Wai ran out the rack. Score 4-2 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #7 – Wai broke dry. Steve made the 1-ball and then played safe. Wai kicked, made a hit, and ended up hooking Steve who played safe. Wai made a 3-ball combo and tried unsuccessfully to play safe. Steve pocketed the 2-ball, but then had a “fluke” scratch while pocketing the 3-ball. Starting with Ball In hand, Wai ran out the rack.. Score 5-2 still in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #8 – Wie broke dry. Steve made the 1 and 2-ball then made a great jump shot to pocket the 3-ball, then played safe. Wai played a safe back. Steve kicked at the 4-ball and buried the cue ball in a cluster. Wai kicked and made a good hit, but left Steven an opening which he took advantage of and ran out the rack. Score now 5-3 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #9 – Steve broke and made the 2-ball and played safe. Even though Wai made a good hit, he left an opening for Steve who then ran out the rack. Score: 5-4 in favor of “Triple Fish.” GAME #10 – Steve broke making the 1-Ball then “rolled out.” Wai fired the cue ball full length of the table clipping the 2-ball and sending the cue ball to rebound off of the end rail just right to bounce back and cut the 9-ball into the side pocket. Score: 6-4 in favor of the “Triple Fish.” GAME #11 – Wai broke dry. Steve rolled out. Wai played safe. Steve managed to get a good hit, but left Wai a visible shot. Wai took complete advantage of the opening and proceeded to run out the rest of the rack. Game Over, Match, and Set! Triple Fish from Montgomery Alabama won 2-1 over the “Zack Attack” from Portland to claim all the bragging rights, top money prize of $7,800, and the coveted title of being the National APA 3-person Team master’s Champions of the amateur world for 2010. For their efforts in placing 2nd Portland’s OPAL-APA “Zack Attack” received $3,600







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OPAL SUMMER BASH Story & Photos by: Merle Humphreys turnout out of close to 300 people in the that one again though ‘cause John had final washoo event was a children’s event The Summer Bash this year was an 100 degree weather, and it was a fun way too much fun with that-especially with which was won by Chandler Nguyen and overwhelming success. Over 30 fantastic blast indeed. Friday people came pouring all the pretty girls! ! ! partner Amanda Haage volunteers showed up on Saturday in set up their campsites. They brought Charlie Walker, Shanna Miller, Maxine Now onto the “Merle” events which August 7th to help out with turning the in everything from just sleeping bags Buehler, Mick Deel, and Merle directed were Field Marbles, Golf Chipping, Golf wild overgrown mess to tents and RV’s. Mike Biery all the organized activities Putting, and finally the coveted into a beautiful park once again portrayed the role of the day in the hot sun blind draw partner Egg Toss. like setting for the main as “Head Chef” along with super while John Blue played with Four heats of Field Marble events event scheduled for cook Cheech Weber. Assisting Mick’s hose all day long. were played. Winning the 1st the following weekend. them in the Bar-B-Q tree kitchen (firehose that is!) John had heat was Brian kassoff. Winning OPAL-APA had rented were Jerry Gross, Marsh a blast shooting people the 2nd heat was “Iceman” Rick a large kabota tractor Santoro, Frank Hewes, Dan & and kids with water—he Stantz. Winning the 3rd heat with a brush hog mower Cindy Fendall, Armondo Huertawas truly a natural at it. was “Derby” Dan Fendall, and attached to cut down to Mendoza, Darla Scriber, Justin Several people just enjoyed winning the 4th heat was Mark a manageable level the Tomomatsu, and Cythia Walker. nature while the organized Bussiere. The four heat winners 6’+ high grass, briars, Together they accomplished activities were going on, then competed in one grand and assorted other a Friday Night Dinner of Hot they went swimming, hiking, finale and it was “Derby” Dan Sara Glaubitz pesky plant life. Helping Dogs and hamburgers, Saturday fishing, or just lazed around Fendall claiming the final victory Pauline Fox out were: Doug Poczynek, Rick Stantz, morning breakfast, Lunch, & steak dinner and relaxed watching others for the 2nd year in a row. David Faulk, Chris Maury, Mick & Sandy feast, and a final Sunday morning breakfast play stupid games in the heat while they 67 people turned out for the Golf Deel, Rob Rowley, Larry Burnside, Kelly & with all the trimmings and condiments drank their margarita’s and other cold chipping. Each contestant had 3 chips Brandi Shafer, Jeremy Saxe, Brian Kassoff, for each meal. Everyone got liquid refreshments. using waffle ball golf balls and not a single Kristi Phillips, Marsh their bellies full, the food was Three blind draw for solitary one of them managed to chip Santoro, Greg & absolutely delicious. 7 kegs of partners horseshoe that little white ball into the net. However, Carrie Poteet, Johnny beer which were brought in and tournament contests coming the closest and being declared the Blue, Glen Tucker, disbursement was moderated by were completed in 2010 OPAL-APA golf chipping champion Vern Breece, Maxine Rob Rowley and Teena Mowery the adult category. was Mr. Dave Maclearn who managed to Beuler, Jerry Gross, were consumed by 6 PM, and Winning $30 the first back spin his chip to within a foot of the net Chris Thornton, Rodder’s John & Cathy Johnson one was Andy Light from 100 feet away. Terry Reynolds, Dale to the rescue---brought in two with Partner Gary 46 people tried their skill at golf putting. Pruett, Steve Smith, more kegs just in the nick of time. Maclaren. Winning Merle and appointed volunteer Doug Lonnie Kindsvogeel, People also consumed some 30 the 2nd contest was Poczynek, had constructed a multiWayne McCain, cases of soda pop, and 8 cases Matt Robsch with hazzard golf putting course of 4 holes Kim Norn Monte Lilienthal, Rob of bottled water. partner Rick Stantz. down the middle of the grassy dirt entry Shannon Norton McCune, Stephen Schneringer, and some During Saturday, right after breakfast Winning the 3rd contest event-- was Greg road which spanned over 200 feet. They guy named Merle as recorded on the Boomer opened up her registration Poteet with his partner Joe Dubanski. buried four drinking cups to use as holes. sign up sheet. For their efforts in helping booth and people signed up for the the Mick Deel & “Mad” Max Beuhler Scores ranged from a three way tie low of out they got to pick out and pre-reserve various organized activities which ran all administrated the 5 14 up to a high of 28. Tying their camping spot in advance as well as afternoon up until 6 PM when John Blue Washoo tournaments. at 14 strokes, and having to receive free admission into the upcoming got on his horn and emcee’d the outdoor (Washoos are played play against each other in a event. prize drawings & awards. by tossing big 3 inch grand finale playoff round was Of the people who showed OPAL initiated a new washers into 3 holes Rick Stantz, Kurt Stutrud, and up five had brought riding activity event this year in a board 6 feet away. Shawn Peterson. In the playoff lawnmowers, several others which was The holes round Kurt shot 20, Rick shot had brought weed eater’s, an outdoor are valued at 16 and Shawn Peterson shot and assorted cutting and scavenger 1, 2, and 3, a blistering 14once again to landscaping tools. They all hunt. People points) The claim all the bragging rights worked hard, and burned a had to complete first contest to being the 2010 OPAL-APA lot of water and beer fuel in as many of the was won by Summer Bash Golf Putting Cindy Walker the process, but it was slow 9 item tasks none other champion. John Blue going and very difficult as the as possible by then Mick & Maxine—(Fancy The last organized event of the day dry, high grass was very cumbersome to 5:30 PM in the evening. Some That!). The 2nd contest was won was the coveted blind draw for partners work through. It was a long day and began of the tasks included physically by Glen Tucker & partner Sandy egg toss. It turned out to be an eggcellant with Doug Poczynek arriving first on site participating in some of the Deel. The 3rd contest was won event with 34 people. The pair last at 7 AM and ended with Mick Deel, Brian activities, finding wild objects, by Nick McCane and partner A.J. standing with an unbroken egg was Nick Kassoff, Kristi Phillips, “Mad” Max Buehler, and one even required getting Harden. The 4th Contest was Collins with his partner Tim Phipps. For and Merle at 11 PM. their pictures taken with Mr. John won by Jordon Vandyke with their extra-egginory efforts they won $30. The actual Summer Bash had a record Blue… We don’t know if we’ll do partner John Snelgrove. The At 5:30 those who participated in the Flat Screen TV Winner


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and pretty much just treated me nice.” So he just stayed after that. The money he won bought him the ranch and some cattle. I was naturally somewhat doubtful of the magnitude of Lucky’s win, even of the whole story, but after remembering that I had just witnessed a 15-rack runout, I decided I believed him. Well, by then I felt like playing pool. I can’t say “again,” since I hadn’t stroked one ball all night, but I had to see more of Lucky’s game. He was as captivating as an Indiana Jones movie. “I’d like to play some more,” I said, “but I’ll have to write a check.” “We can play for nothing,” replied Lucky. “I just enjoy playing. Remember, you were the one who asked me to play for money.” “Okay,” I agreed, “but I get the first rack.” I broke and ran five racks in a row. I was impressing myself; splitting the cup on every shot. I must have been inspired by Lucky. The fact that there was no pressure may have helped, as now we were playing just for the game. So much for inspiration. On the next break I didn’t make a ball and Lucky picked up and ran that rack and ten more. “Geez! Don’t you ever miss?” I asked. “Some nights, no,” replied Lucky matter-of-factly. “But about ten percent of the time I do miss a couple of balls.” Now remember, at this point he had not missed a ball for almost three hours. “How is that possible?” I asked, “Can you tell me how you do it?” “Well, sure,” said Lucky. “I don’t usually get asked that. Most times people just lose their money and leave. So I’ll show you a couple of things. You must understand that this is powerful knowledge and promise to use it honestly.” I promised. “Now the real key on these long runs is in the break, in all the games ... here, I’ll show you. No matter what game you play you must have timing, speed, cue-ball control and know where to hit the rack. I can make the nine ball on a nine-ball rack every time.” I had to say I didn’t believe that could be done. Lucky proceeded to show me five times in a row. I couldn’t help but exclaim, “But that’s impossible!” He said, “Son, nothing’s impossible.” He showed me exactly where to hit it; the speed of the shot, the stroke and aim, and, unbelievably ... I did it five times in a row! I had thought he was just lucky, but when I did it, too, it occurred to me maybe this was a trick table with magnets and electronic devices. I actually got down and crawled around under the table. I couldn’t find anything. No wires, no gadgets. Nothing that was remotely fixed. Just a regular pool table. Lucky chuckled at my antics and shook his head. “I can do it on any table.” He showed me a nine-ball break where he makes nothing but leaves the one ball safe every time. ”An old hustling move,” he shrugged. “What about break shots on other games?” I asked. He showed me a straight pool break where he makes a called ball out of the middle of the rack. He made it right into the corner pocket several times in a row. And he uses the same break for one-pocket. He just switches the break side as his pocket side changes. He showed me exactly where and how to hit it. “I can easily run several racks of one-pocket with this and a couple of other moves,” Lucky said. He offered to show me ... one after another after another ... six in a row. I had seen many of the top players in the world play, and not one of them played like that! Lucky showed me another one-pocket break where

two balls go in the same pocket. He called them and they went in as smooth as peach fuzz. Nothing he did was flashy, yet everything was more dazzling because of it. Lucky had MASTERED the game of pool. Only a Tibetan monk could appreciate the enlightenment I was experiencing. I was truly reverent. What was going on? Was it believable? It was incredible! I thought I must be dreaming. I had had only two beers the whole night! I could not believe what I was experiencing. I just watched and tried to absorb for over six hours that night. I even got a pen and paper from the bartender and started to take notes; there was so much to write down. All the knowledge he had was more than all the players I know, pros included. The fundamentals, aiming techniques, geometry, physics, systems, shot repertoire, mental concentration. Name it; he talked about it. I thought I knew about pool but he showed me things beyond the realm of possibilities. I knew if I absorbed only twenty-five percent of what he shared with me I’d win every tournament I entered from here on out. Lucky made over nine hundred balls that night, without one miss. I sure did rack a lot. Good thing it was only twenty-five cents. I gladly paid for every rack. When he finally decided to hang it up, I offered to buy him one last beer, but he declined and took coffee instead. He put up the crooked old house cue in the rack on the wall and sat down at my table, tilting back in his chair and cradling the hot coffee between his weathered hands. Lucky didn’t seem tired; instead was happy to sit and talk more about pool and share some more stories. As I listened to Lucky reminisce, my consciousness was changing. I started dreaming ... really dreaming. What about going on the road...with me! Lucky and Andrew, traveling around the country! No, the continent! No, the world! I could see us becoming millionaires in months! No, weeks! The riches! Playing for more money than I could even imagine! The headlining feature in every pool and sports magazine around the globe. The fame! I could manage him. “Lucky, how about traveling with me, playing pool?” I blurted out. Lucky drained his coffee cup, smiled at my eagerness, and said, “I have no desire to. I’d be bored with the lifestyle, the politics, the hustling and playing tournaments. I have fun playing pool right here.” “But Lucky,” I persisted, “if you did travel around playing pool, you know we’d make a lot of money, right?” “I did that when I was younger. Now I wouldn’t want to leave the ranch. Besides, who would take care of my cows and chickens?” My dream visions faded, and I came back to reality as Lucky pushed back his chair and stood to go. “You’re from the Northwest, you say?” he asked me. He wondered if I knew any of the people he knew from up there, like the legendary Pirates and John’s Gang Pool Teams, Lebow the cue maker and a few other business associates. He asked me to say “hi” to them. “Andrew, please remember not to tell anyone where I live. I’ve had enough of people playing me for money and leaving broke.” “I’ll agree to that if you’ll let me come back sometime and play, er, watch you play,” I countered. He shook my hand and said, “Anytime, son.” Then Lucky dug into his overall pocket and pulled out a roll of money. He licked his thumb and peeled off three fifty-dollar bills. He pressed them into my hand, saying, “When you tell your friends back home about your vacation, tell them that you beat some guy out of a whole bunch of money -- that you got lucky.” With that he winked at me and out the door he went.

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CITY Milwaukie Oregon City Forest Grove Milwaukee Forest Grove Milwaukee Tigard Forest Grove Oregon City Salem Forest Grove Forest Grove Milwaukie Oregon City Salem Portland Portland Portland Portland

LOCATION River Road House K C Midway Ballad Town Billiards Wichita Ballad Town Billiards Wichita Rialto Pool Room Ballad Town Billiards K C Midway Jake’s Bar & Grill Ballad Town Billiards Ballad Town Billiards River Road House K C Midway Jake’s Bar & Grill Greek Village NiteHawk Sam’s Billiards Sam’s Billiards

PHONE (503) 653-5885 (503) 656-9501 (503) 357-1111 (503) 654-4201 (503) 357-1111 (503) 654-4201 (503) 620-6633 (503) 357-1111 (503) 656-9501 (503) 362-3600 (253) 226-3594 (503) 357-1111 (503) 653-5885 (503) 656-9501 (503) 362-3600 (503) 643-2119 (503) 285-7177 (503) 282-8266 (503) 282-8266

EVENT / RULES 8-Ball Open 9 Ball - No masters Foosball Doubles 9-Ball 9-Ball/BCA 3/2 DE 8-Ball 9-Ball Open 3/3 DE 8-Ball/BCA 2/2 DE 9 Ball Play on Diamond Tables 8 Ball-Open 211 (3rd Sat) Darts: Cricket/501 Alternating 8 & 9-Ball 8 Ball Play on Diamond Tables 8-Ball Blind Draw Sc Doubles Pool Tournament 8 Ball Straight Pool (1st Sun.) 8-Ball Open-Chris Nieland TD

DAY Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays

CITY Spokane Belfair Belfair Longview

Spokane Spokane Sumner Bellevue Bremerton Everett Longview Snohomish Tacoma Tacoma Everett Kenmore Olympia Tacoma Belfair Belfair Kenmore Lakewood

LOCATION 7th Rail Allen’s Billiards Allen’s Billiards Cadillac Island O’Houlie’s Pub 7th Rail 7th Rail Log Cabin Mustard Seed Stixx and Stones Billiards P C’s Pub Cadillac Island Kornerpocket Billiardz Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Latitude 84 P C’s Pub Golden Fleece Frankies Latitude 84 Allen’s Billiards Allen’s Billiards Oscar Billiards (Golden Fleece) Schooners

PHONE (509) 325-7751 (360) 275-2668 (360) 275-2668 (360) 957-0065 (425) 776-1833 (509) 325-7751 (509) 325-7751 (253) 863-2905 (425) 603-9001 (360) 377-2359 (425) 258-9465 (360) 957-0065 (360) 862-9054 (253) 383-3301 (253) 531-5154 (425) 258-9465 (253) 226-3594 (360) 455-0352 (253) 531-5154 (360) 275-2668 (360) 275-2668 (425) 908-7332 (253) 584-1919

EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED Texas Holdem Poker $5 8-Ball (1st & 3rd Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 9-Ball (2nd & 4th Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 8-Ball B & below-Limit 24 $5+$2 g.f. Break Pot 8-Ball $5 100% 8-Ball Call Texas Holdem Poker $10 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 Matching 8-Ball B only Limit 16 $5 up to $100 9-Ball (Break pot) $5+$3 g.f. 100% Vegas 8 Ball $5 9-Ball Open Handicap $5+$2 g.f. 8-Ball DE - BCA rules $8+$2 g.f. 25% 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 9-Ball $5+$3 g.f. Poker $20 buy in 211 $10 100% payout 9-Ball Valley Rules $5 Matching Poker 9-Ball (1st & 3rd Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 8-Ball (2nd & 4th Tues) $7+$3 g.f. $$$ 9-Ball Handicap $10 $200 9-Ball BCA rules $5 100%

TIME Call 7:00PM 7:00PM 6:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM Call 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 6:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 6 & 9PM 7:00PM 7:00PM Call 7:00PM

Saturdays Sundays

Ocean Park Snohomish Spokane Tacoma Tacoma Vancouver Vancouver Lakewood Spokane Sumner Tacoma Vancouver Vancouver Bremerton Longview Lynnwood Olympia Tacoma Tacoma Tacoma

Doc’s Tavern Kornerpocket Billiardz 7th Rail Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Legends Spot Bar & Grill Schooners 7th Rail Log Cabin Latitude 84 Legends Spot Bar & Grill Stixx and Stones Billiards Cadillac Island Uncle Jack’s Frankies Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Malarkey’s Pool & Brew

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8-Ball Open $3 Meat Shoot 9-Ball DE $10 (incl g.f.) 25% 9-Ball Call Poker 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Matching 8-Ball Call Pocket $2 Matching 8-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 8-Ball Call 8-Ball $5 Matching Poker 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Matching Blind Draw Scotch Dbls $3 $2/player 8-Ball $5 100% Blind Draw Sc Dbls $5+$2 9-Ball $5+$2 g.f. Matching 8-Ball Valley Rules $5 Matching Poker 8-Ball $5 100% 211 $10 100% payout

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ENTRY ADDED $5+$2 g.f. $$$ FREE $3/player $5 $5 House Matches $5 $5 House Matches $6 g.f. $100/10 players $5 $5 $3/player $5 $$$ $10 100% payout $7 $5/player $5+$2 g.f. $$$ $5 House Matches $5 $$$ $5 50% $3M/$2W $100 $15 $5 3rd Sun

TIME 7:00PM 7:30PM 6:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 6:00PM 7:00PM 1:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 6:00PM 6:00PM 11:00AM 11:00AM




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CITY Moscow Boise, ID Moscow Twin Falls Boise, ID Emmett Moscow Pocatello

LOCATION Mingles Backstreets Billiards Mingles The Pocket Backstreets Billiards Toadstool Mingles Oasis Bar

PHONE (208) 882-2050 (208) 672-8870 (208) 882-2050 (208) 733-9676 (208) 672-8870 (208) 398-7321 (208) 882-2050 (208) 232-9347

EVENT / RULES 9 Ball 8-Ball No “A” players 8 Ball 8-Ball Handicapped 9-Ball Open 8-Ball or 9-Ball 8 Ball 8/9 Ball Alternating

ENTRY ADDED $5 $5 $75 $5 $6 $25 w/16+ $5 $75 $5 $5 Matching $5 Matching

TIME 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM


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8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 6:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:30PM 8:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 1:00PM 6:00PM 1:00PM 12:30PM 8:00PM 6:00PM



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SW Regional Champ. Sngls/Team Varies $6,000 Call Labor Day 9-Ball-Race to 9/7 $40+$10 g.f. $500 10:00AM 9-Ball Amatuer Handicapped $50 Call Call One Pocket $30 Based on players Noon 9-Ball $30 Based on players Noon 9-Ball Open $25 $250 w/16+ 9:00AM Straight Pool $15 11:00AM 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10:00AM 9-Ball Women at So. First Bill. Call Call Call 9-Ball At Golden Fleece Call $500 Guar. Call Sat: One Pocket / Sun: 9-Ball $25 / $25 $400 each 1:00PM Tour Stop at College Billiards Call $1100 Call Dave Piona Mem. $20 Call Noon 8 & 9-Ball Pocatello Open $30/$40 Based on field 6:00PM Bar Table 9-Ball Open & Ladies $50 $3,000 11:00AM Tour Stop at Family Billiards Call $750 Call 8-Ball Wild West Shootout M/W $25 $6500 w/full fields 8:00PM 8-Ball - No ‘A’ Players $25 $500 w/64 Noon 9-Ball Open $25 $250 w/16+ 9:00AM Straight Pool $15 11:00AM 9-Ball Women at Break Time Call Call Call 8 & 9-Ball Regional Varies $12,500 min. 9:00AM 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10:00AM 9-Ball Chuck Markulis Mem. $50 $6,000 11:00AM Tour Stop at Surf City Billiards Call $750 Call Singles & Team events Varies $15,000 Based ‘09 9:00AM Sat: One Pocket / Sun: 9-Ball $25 / $25 $400 each 1:00PM 2nd Chance B/C at Crown Bill. Call Call Call 9-Ball Geographical Center Cup $50 $1,000 1st place 6:00PM 8-Ball Men’s Division $70 $5,000 7:00PM 8-Ball Women’s Division $40 7:00PM Glenn White Mem. One Pocket $50 $2,500 w/32 11:00AM 9-Ball Utah Open $50+$15 g.f. Call 6:00PM 9-Ball Utah Open Sc Dbls $50+$15 g.f. Call 6:00PM 8-Ball Open - 3 Divisions Varies Call 8:30AM 9-Ball Open $25 $250 w/16+ 9:00AM One Pocket $30 Based on players Noon 9-Ball $30 Based on players Noon Straight Pool $15 11:00AM 9-Ball Women at Family Bill. Call Call Call 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players $10 $200 10:00AM Seattle Open Call Call Call 9-Ball Open $60 (incl g.f.) $4,000 w/64 11:00AM


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Nov 12-14, 2010 TBA Nov 27-28, 2010 TBA

Dec 17-19, 2010 Broken Oar Mandan, ND

Jan 14-16, 2011 TBA

Feb 2011: OPEN

Jan 21-23, 2011 TBA

March 2011: OPEN

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September 2010 - The Break


The Break September Issue 2010  

The September Issue of The Pool Players Best Source of Information is now online. You can read about APA Nationals and the first installment...

The Break September Issue 2010  

The September Issue of The Pool Players Best Source of Information is now online. You can read about APA Nationals and the first installment...