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TWCWT 2014@HardTimes

Hard Times Billiards of Sacramento opened their doors to the women of the Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour for the second time this season. Hard Times held the kickoff event back in May which was a mixed competition of 8-ball and 9-ball. We had a total of 34 players, six of whom were first time participants. The tour continues to transform as some of the regularly topped ranked players have moved out of the area, new excellent players join, and some regulars have climbed the ranks to shake the competition. We had a very special group of players that came together to participate, most of whom have competed and succeeded at the BCA Nationals over the years. These players included Debby Aarens, Diana Piercy, Janna Sue Nelson, and Sondra Faith. Though these women have not competed regularly on our tour, their presence was felt. They showed everyone that they have the skills to compete with even the best of our tour regulars, with three of these ladies placing in the top 8. These women showed everyone that competitions are not only places to show your best skills and compete, but can lead to lifelong friendships, as some of these ladies have known and completed with and against each other for three decades. Diane Piercy’s career goes back to 1982 when she took first place at the California Billiard Association Team 8-ball Championships in Sacramento. She has had top finishes in the BCA Senior Category, the California Women’s 9-ball Tour, the McDermott US Open in teams, as well as the Trick Shot Exhibitions at Great Western Open. She showed everyone that she was and still is a great player. After the players’ meeting and brief announcements, the competition began with Kevin Yi stepping in as tournament director in the absence of Emilyn Callado. He of course was supported by the rest of the committee who all worked hard to ensure the tour stop ran as efficiently as possible. At the end of Saturday evening, the top four players on the winners’ side were the following: Shawn Modelo vs. Eleanor Callado Diane Piercy vs. Kirsten Karim One the one-loss side: Stephanie Hefner vs. Janna Sue Nelson Minnie Tayaotao vs. Debby Aarens Diane Piercy won matches against Mili Chin, her friend and former teammate, Janna Sue Nelson, a new player to the tour, Heather Jackson, and tour regular, Kirsten Karim. Kirsten gave her 2nd best performance on the tour defeating Minnie Tayaotao, Stephanie Hefner, and another tour newcomer, Gloria Lee, to return Sunday morning against Diane. Shawn Modelo, who consistently reaches the top 8, defeated Ginger Bowen, Melinda Walker, and Washington state’s Jessica Orth, to set herself up against Eleanor Callado.

Eleanor had a tough road on Saturday, having to face Jessica Skye, Revelina Um, and Denise Domingo, winner of May’s kickoff event. On Sunday, Eleanor would beat Shawn and Diane to wait in the hot seat for the winner of the one-loss side. That player would be Stephanie Hefner, who battled to beat Janna Sue Nelson, Debby Aarens, and Diane Piercy, to meet Eleanor for a trouble double elimination match. Stephanie started strong with a 2-0 lead but would fall behind to lose the match 3-7, finishing in 2nd place. Stephanie Hefner This is the first win of the season for Eleanor Callado, who is currently ranked #22 in the WPBA. Congratulations to her and all of the many tour participants. Our main sponsor, Tiger Products, continues to donate items for our Sunday raffles, as well as a 1st beautiful Tiger cue to be raffled at the last tour stop 2nd of the season. Our newest sponsor, Ozone Billiards, 3rd donates a cue case for every stop. Karen Markulis, 4th owner of Hrad Times Billiards, donated use of the tables and added $750 for our event’s prize money. 5th-6th Thank you to all of our sponsors!


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Kim Benson wins back-to-back NWPA events On August 9-10, 2014, the NWPA’s fifth tour stop of 2014 was hosted by The Parlor in Bellevue, Washington. The Parlor added $500 to the event and a Volturi custom case voucher raffle added another $350 to the prize fund ($250 to the main event and $100 to the Second Chance.) Some tickets remain on the raffle, so if you are interested please contact Suzanne Smith ( The NWPA would like to thank our sponsor Ozone Billiards and Volturi for their support for the 2014 season. Please check out their websites and show them your appreciation at and The NWPA tour standings and 2014 schedule are available at www.nwpatour. and is sanctioned by the WPBA. All skill levels are welcome to play and players can accrue points towards their semiprofessional status while gaining experience playing some of the top women players in the northwest. Thirty ladies came out to compete Saturday morning. Only one new player joined in for the fun, Kirsten Fery out of Portland, OR. The tournament was run on 11 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crowns with Rail2Rail Productions providing a free live stream all weekend. The format was a race to 7, alternating break, 9 ball, with a race to 6 on the B side. There were only two first round byes, but play moved along. As usual play finished early Saturday evening, many of the ladies were given complimentary comedy club tickets to The Parlor Live. Thanks to Parlor GM, Dave Lauer, for taking care of us! Sunday morning, eleven players remained. A side match ups included Jing Liu vs. Liz Cole (NWPA #1 and #2) and Shari Ross vs. Kim Benson. Liz and Kim both advanced through their morning matches,

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by the scores of 7-3 and 7-1, advancing them to the hot seat match. Liz and Kim battled it out for the hot seat, with Kim edging out Liz by the score of 7-4. On the B side, due to the early finish on Saturday, there were 3 matchups that needed to play before the money rounds. These matches include Rebecca Slyter vs. Sheila Clark, Stacy Eilts vs. Elizabeth Jensen, and Natalie Seal vs. Kim Toops. Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Natalie advanced into the money matches with the scores 6-4, 6-3, and 6-5 respectively. Following that round, the 7/8 matches were played, with Rebecca playing Suzanne Smith and Natalie playing Elizabeth. Suzanne and Elizabeth advanced by the scores of 6-1 and 6-3. Fired up from their morning losses Shari and Jing matched up next against Elizabeth and Suzanne. While Shari advanced by the score of 6-3, Jing went hill-hill against Suzanne. In the final game, Suzanne broke dry and Jing attempted to play a safety on the 1. Suzanne proceeded to run out the rack to advance by the slimmest of margins, 6-5. Shari then squared off against Suzanne. Suzanne picked up some steam and won that match 6-2. Suzanne then played Liz (fresh off the hot seat loss), and Suzanne continued with her strong shooting and defeated Liz 6-1 to earn her first final appearance of the 2014 season. Kim Benson path to the final: Teri K (2), Patricia T (2), Suzanne S (2), Shari R (3), Liz C (4) Suzanne Smith path to the final: Cassandra B (6), Melissa D (4), loss to Kim B (2), Jenny L (0), Rebecca S (1), Jing L (5), Shari R (2), Liz C (1) The final was one race to 9, alternating break. Throughout the entire final, Kim’s stellar shot making and Suzanne’s missed safety opportunities would be the theme. Suzanne ended up down 5-2 before she would take her break. Kim expanded her lead steadily

throughout the match, making fewer mistakes and maintaining her confidence throughout the set. Kim defeated Suzanne 9-4 to claim her second tour stop win on the NWPA, skyrocketing her to 3rd place in overall standings. Jing and Liz maintained their #1 and #2 spots, while Suzanne moved up to 4th with her finish. Should make for an exciting last two stops. Congratulations all the ladies for an excellent tournament. The NWPA’s next event is back in Spokane WA at The Black Diamond on September 13-14, 2014. Six ladies returned on Sunday for the $200 added Second Chance tournament. There was no entry fee with the extra money and the format was a round robin, race to 5. Anna Busley ended up winning the event, although she tied match wins with Jenny Lucas, she won their head to head match up. Kira North, finished in 3rd, and Kirsten Fery in 4th. Good work ladies, nice shooting.

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There are some players who play very consciously. They think about many many details of stroke, form, alignment, aim, etc. They have elaborate pre-shot routines to help ensure their consistency. They are aware of a lot of body sensations. They use whatever physics grasp they have of the game to help them plan and execute their shots. They try to do everything on purpose. I call these Mechanical Players (MP’s). I’m somewhere on this end of the spectrum. The Feel Players (FP’s) are the opposite. They trust their body to do the right thing. They are not conscious of how they do what they do, and may not even be interested in knowing much about how things work or why. They appear to be looser and more fluid. Lots of really excellent players are in this category, and many pros. They get it done, but it looks easier when they do it. To generalize, I’d say the MP’s are probably held back by carefulness and too much “doing”, while the FP’s are held back by carelessness and too little knowledge. Ah, the middle road! As an MP, I’ve spent a lot of time and effort studying the FP Way. Those brief, shining moments when I’m really in the zone are much more FP than my usual game. I see this as a continuum. While you can become very good at either end, you need some of the good stuff from the other end to balance you out and really raise your game. MP’s that somehow break through and “give up” control of the details and trust their bodies to deliver, can rise to another level. My take on this process (MP’s can’t help but think this way) is that it

comes down to INTENT. When you can develop real clarity of intent, trust that intent, and leave doubt and mind chatter behind, the zone opens. There is a martial arts maxim that says “To defeat the sword, you must first master the sword.” This appeals to MP’s, because we’re happy to spend our time exploring all the details of the weapon, the proper footwork, balance, joint function, and on and on. But what it means at a deeper level is “Master the sword, and then give up your attachment to the details. Integrate the knowledge and then, when it’s time to execute, put your energy into your intent.” In pool talk, that’s “Shut up and bear down.” At a practical, day-to-day training level, what I do is follow the Mechanical Way in the never-ending quest to perfect my form and fill in gaps in my knowledge. In a way, this is like practicing the shots you’re already good at. Even though I know better, I indulge myself in mechanical stuff for a while, because this is my comfort zone, my fun. I know what I have to do to really get better, though, so I make forays into the Feel World. The best method I’ve found for this is to focus exclusively on the intended RESULT and shoot without hesitation – faster rhythm. It works, but my MP side doesn’t trust it. ;o) I think most MP’s envy the FP’s ease, confidence, and fluidity, but are afraid to give up their mechanicalness and “trust the force.” Meanwhile, FP’s secretly wish they knew more and had mechanical systems and procedures they could rely on, but they don’t want to be mechanical, and they try to convince themselves they don’t really need all that technical knowledge: “Hey, the ball goes in the hole, don’t it?” Let’s leave our comfort zones once in a while and learn from both extremes.

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On The Road with ... C J Wiley GAME OF 4000 SHOTS I understand the game of 4000 shots, believe me, when I came back from not playing for several years I tried that game. It was a blessing in disguise because the game was so difficult that I worked fanatically on my fundamentals and as a result they’re better than before. He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball. By Michael P. Geffner

When I came out of retirement, my first tournament was the US OPEN and even though I finished 9th (with wins over Earl Stickland and several top professionals), the game was still not “natural” and I think I was trying to play the “4000 shot game” and it made me not want to I lost interest and did the nightclub business for another couple of years.


Then one day it “clicked” and I understood that the Touch Of Inside was indeed a system of play. Not the “4000 ball system,” but a system where I could play a consistent shot speed, shot angle, and cue ball target and it would align perfectly to the geometry of the pool table.

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This time I got this burning desire to play again, and to figure out once and for all what the heck I used to do that seperated me and gave me the confidence to play Efren, Earl, Johnny, Sigel, Varner, Mizerak, Rempe, etc and actually come out on top (even though they all did certain things better than I did). I knew when I was playing my best I thought of two things: Touch Of Inside and Accelerate!!! This seemed like it was too easy and I had been doing this, however,

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I just couldn’t get myself to do it every time (some of you already know that feeling).

Not just because the table was two perfect squares and a rectangle, and many triangles.....the reason TOI works is because of the perfection of the cue ball and object balls. It works because of the spheres and when you cue the ball to the inside it opens up the Game and it starts to tell me the shot, not “one” of the 4000, just one shot, the TOI shot. The Touch of Inside changed the Game for me - I don’t have to think anymore because the table tells me the TOI Shot and I don’t have 4000 choices. I used to think more choices were better, now I know that it’s more important to have “better choices,” not “more choices.”

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In some recent columns I described some cue ball positioning drills where you have a specific point where you want to leave the cue ball after making a shot. If you tried those drills you surely learned that an exact spot is not always a reasonable goal, especially if you don’t start with the cue ball in the ideal place, such as with ball in hand. Often when planning a run past one shot, you will be thinking about an area to place the cue ball for each shot and then linking the areas with particular kinds of position plays. The cut angle on the current shot will usually determine what kind of position you can play -- a small cut angle or even zero is needed for a stop shot or one with minimum movement and a larger cut angle is useful for moving the cue ball sideways. That angle will define the area of good position for a shot, so often you can think of triangles of successive position areas to get through a run. An example is the “Standard shape” triangle for a shot on the 1 ball. If you place the cue ball anywhere in that triangle, you will have a good chance to make the 1. When playing position on the 1 ball, the triangle is your general goal. If you are good with thinner cuts, you may widen the triangle to include A. If you don’t like rail shots, you may want to move the edge away from B, and if you don’t like long shots, you may can move the point in from C. Whatever your personal adjustments are, the result will still end up looking something like a triangle. There is still a best position within that triangle that you can hope to achieve from the previous shot, and this is often where you would place the cue ball if you had ball-in-hand. In the diagram the cue ball is shown in a possible ideal spot depending on where you want to take it for the next shot, such as for the 2 ball. Also shown is a triangle marked “Short-side shape.” Sometimes you have to play for such a small area but clearly it’s much harder to land the cue ball inside 10% of the area of the larger shape zone. For the shot on the 2 ball, two triangles are identified. The “Hold it” zone comprises small cut angles which result in relatively little cue ball motion to the side for a given speed. This is the zone you want to be in for the 2 ball if you plan to play short-side shape on the 3 ball somewhere around “S”. On the other hand, if you want to play to the standard region for the 3, you want to leave the cue ball in the region marked “Move it” so the cue ball will have more bounce off the cushion to get to X for the 3 or maybe to Y for the 4. So, if you were playing to the Hold it zone from the 1 ball, you could just roll the 1 in with no side


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spin and the cue ball would go straight into and along the zone. With a little draw or right spin, you could bounce off the rail towards the Move it zone. Another way to play that shot uses the idea of moving the cue ball along the position line you want so speed control is not so critical. For that, you could draw with right spin off the 1 ball to point B and then go directly towards the 2 ball. That’s sure to give a good angle to move the cue ball. The next time you’re planning a runout of three or more balls, start picturing the successive zones for the cue ball. For each shot you take, be sure to pick out a best spot within that zone that you want to try for.

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Michael K Glass

Michael Glass has been teaching pool for close to 10 years. He is a Recognized PBIA Billiards Instructor, taught by none other than Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy. Michael has been playing pool almost all of his life (except when he was in the Navy — it’s hard to install a pool table on a rocking ship!). He managed to stay away from the hustler life; he doesn’t believe in being dishonest in order to win money. He will, however, occasionally play for a beer or two at the local watering hole. Michael teaches all levels of pool players, from beginner to pro, and works on all aspects of the game, from fundamentals, to pattern play, to trick shots. He can be found playing in his home town of San Ramon, CA at Crown Billiards. Visit his website at for pool tips or to schedule a lesson!

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Last year, we went over fundamentals. I shared some videos showing that even pros forget about the fundamentals and make mistakes. I have decided to revisit fundamentals again, because that is exactly what you should do from time to time: revisit your fundamentals! So, you’ve been practicing regularly, right? You have been shooting fairly well, but on some nights, you just can’t seem to string together any significant runs. Maybe your cut shots keep missing to the right, or you can’t seem to make long, straight in shots. You feel like you have the yips, and it’s extremely frustrating. You might even spend an hour after your matches shooting straight shots until you get it right. Right? I’m going to tell you something that I tell all of my students, and something that I have to constantly remind myself: If you are having a problem with any part of your game, the first think you should do is a Fundamental Checkup. And to do that, all you have to remember is “BAGS.” BAGS: Bridge, Alignment, Grip, and Stance. Ok, yes, some will tell you that “stroke” is also an important fundamental, but I like to include that as part of the alignment and grip… and because it ruins the acronym. Let’s just say that the S stands for Stance and Stroke. I’m not going to rehash the basics… the fact is, if you have been playing for any amount of time, you know them by now. If you don’t, be sure to check out my articles in the July and August 2013 issues of this magazine. When going through these fundamentals, however, make sure you are asking yourself the proper questions. Bridge: Is it stable? For a closed bridge, are their gaps between your fingers and stick? Are you having trouble stroking smoothly? Alignment: Is your back arm vertical at the

moment of contact, or are you holding the stick too far back/forward? Is your elbow “chicken-winging?” Are your eyes directly over the shot? When you stroke, is your stick moving to the side, or staying in a straight line? Grip: Are you holding the butt of your stick too tightly? Or are you holding it too gingerly? Is there a gap between your wrap and your fingers? Is your wrist locked and in line? Stance: This one is a big variable. Many people have many different stances. The important thing here is comfort. My main concern here is two things: Can you lift your bridge hand off the table without moving the rest of your body? And, if I try to push you over, can you easily resist? I recommend that you occasionally take a video of yourself shooting some basic shots. Take one from behind you, focusing on your back arm alignment. Take another from the front, and one from the side. You can use a tripod, but it might help to have a friend take them for you. For each video, take 5 shots. Shoot some softly, some medium speed, and some hard. You want to see how you handle all of the fundamentals in different situations. Is your elbow dropping? Are you gripping your stick tighter on harder shots? Are you following through? When you are done with a match, and you feel the need to take some practice shots, keep your fundamentals in mind. Have a knowledgeable friend watch you and give you some feedback, after you tell her what to look for (the video will really help here). Keep focusing on those fundamentals, and you might just elevate your game to higher and higher levels! Do you have any suggestions for future articles? Drop me a line at I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at reddit. com/r/billiards. Come on by and join the discussion! September 2014 page 15


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 poolplaying career Anthony has won over 300 tournaments and has defeated numerous professional players in tournament competition.

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Earlier this year, the Rio Hotel and Casino played host to the 2014 BCA Pool League National 8-Ball Championships. After claiming “Player of the Year” honors from my local league I traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete against the best BCA players in the nation. The format was double elimination, race to 6. I started out strong, defeating several solid players by

(having several of my balls left on the table while my opponent only has one or two of his balls remaining). In fact, I didn’t want to begin running any of my balls until the time was right. Removing balls from the table before you are prohibitive favorite to run out generally lowers your success rate. This is because every time you remove a ball from the table you are removing future

significant margins. As the tournament progressed, match play got tougher and tougher. After defeating former APA National 8-Ball Champion, Terry Young and a seasoned player by the name of Shaun Murphy, I found myself pitted against arguably one of the best straight pool players in the world. My opponent was New York City’s Michael Yednak. In recent months, Yednak had defeated Earl Strickland. I knew that Michael was an extremely knowledgeable player, and I also knew that I was going to have my hands full in our upcoming match. During the first few games we found ourselves in a nip and tuck safety battle. The match seesawed back and forth and I was beginning to feel as though though I had a legitimate chance to win the match. Near the end of our session, I was trailing by one game when I decided to play a safety leaving Michael the shot shown below. Generally, I try to out manage my opponents and this game was textbook example of what I usually do when I am in control

shot options and potential blockers, which could be used for safety play. Michael was clearly snookered behind my one and five and as I walked away from the table I was confident that I was in complete control of the game. In fact, Yednak knew that he was locked up tight. His only shot was to kick at his 15 and play it off my three into the opposite corner pocket. As Michael surveyed the table it became clear to him that he only had one viable option. “Off the stack and into the corner pocket,” he said. At that point, my thoughts were “What is this, maybe a one out of 50 make?” Michael got into his stance took several slow warm up strokes. He then kicked at the 15 with left spin and lots of speed. Not only was I amazed that he recognized the shot, but I was more amazed with his precise execution. Not only did Michael pocket the 15 ball, but he also hit the shot in such a way that the cue ball landed in perfect position to pocket the 8-ball for the win. “I am a straight pool player,” Michael said as he pocketed the ball. My reply was, “I don’t care if you are. I will leave you there all day long. I really like my chances from there!” “I agree! You are right,” Michael laughed, knowing he was fortunate to win the game. The lesson here is to never be afraid to shoot at something low percentage when you are a big underdog. Sometimes shooting at a 1 or 2 percent make may be better odds than trying to out manage your opponent. Remember to be creative and look for ways to win. Many times it may be almost impossible to win a safety battle when you have only one ball remaining and your opponent has several. Always try to give yourself the best opportunity to win and over the course of time you will win some games even when things appear to be hopeless.

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Bench Warmers from Johnston, R.I., are this year’s champions in the 9-Ball Division. Bench Warmers defeated Unapproved of Camarillo, Calif. The victory was good for a $15,000 payday for the champs. Unapproved took home $7,000 in Runner-up prize money. Bench Warmers advanced to the finals with a victory over Travis Team of Centertown, Mo. Unapproved advanced to the finals with a win over R & S Billiards of Baxley. Ga. Travis Team and R & S Billiards finished tied for 3rd and received $3,500.

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Idaho Seniors Tournament The Pocket Boise hosted the 8 ball tournament for the 2014 Idaho Senior games. The games in it's 25th year drew 27 participants ages 50- 83 ! The format was a round robin broken into 2 age brackets for the women and 5 age brackets for the men providing lots of match play. Medals were awarded in each category Gold, Silver, & Bronze. One top winner in each category also received one months unlimited free pool from The Pocket. The tournament is open to all of Idaho and surrounding states and they are looking forward to gaining more players next year. for more information on all the events offered go to

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New York City, NY- England’s Darren Appleton capped off an amazing week of pool action by finishing off strong to capture his first ever World 14.1 title ! Appleton had lost in the finals last year, but sweetly rectified that with a resounding victory over America’s #1 ranked Shane Van Boening. The Andy Cloth 74th World Tournament of 14.1 6 days of grueling pool stamina battles ended with spectacular performances by the world’s greatest professionals. The ANDY CLOTH World Tournament took place on August 4th-9th, 2014. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak were pleased to bring the 74th production of the oldest billiard event in the world . Also sponsored by Andy Cloth, Kamui Brands, OB Cues, Amsterdam Billiard Club,, Pool & Billiard Magazine , Aramith Balls, and George Beckman Kinetic Sculptures. Official patron 14.1 aficionados are Stu Mattana, Tom Gleich, Harold Siegel, Dr. Greg Diehl Plastic Surgery, and Official World 14.1 photographer Charles Eames. A star studded field has made it back once again to the 14.1 extravaganza taking place at Steinway Billiards Cafe, who is once more hosting the world’s greatest straight pool championship. Notably this year’s event was particularly tough in the field of champions as former World 14.1 winners Thorsten Hohmann, John Schmidt, and Stephan Cohen all failed to qualify the top 16 final bracket! The first semi-finals pitted Great Britain against Russia. Evgeny Stalev took the lead early and looked as if his smooth, super offensive style would lead him into the finals. Stalev had played some stellar 14.1 throughout the event, and Appleton had had medicore performances including a dogfest the night before against Mike Dechaine (USA). Down by 70 points, Appleton turned up the juice and made a run. Though Stalev kept the lead for the first half of the match, Appleton took over and never looked back with an eventual 200-145 win. The next semi-finals was a battle of the Americans. Max Eberle of Las Vegas and Shane Van Boening of South Dakota were fighting to see who would have the right to play for the USA in the championship

The final shot of the 74th World 14.1. Appleton ran a 131 & out to claim a resounding 200-27 blow-out of Van Boening in the finals.

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finals. At first, experience seemed to play in favor of Shane as Max botched many chances early on and Van Boening stretched to a 100+ ball lead. When Eberle had a chance again, he was down 40 to 147. And then he came back to life. Starting with a very tough shot, he went on to run 121 balls and take the lead. To date, Eberle’s highest run in competition. SVB eventually got back to the table, but was visibly shaken a bit in his game as he faltered, but Eberle had also used up alot of energy and they both traded safeties for several innings. Needing only 22 balls to make his first major championship finals, Eberle got another key opportunity and was faced with a good break shot into the side pocket. Unfortunately, he made the ball and busted the rack but scratched. Van Boening took the gift and scraped by to a 200-178 win. “I felt and looked like I was buried. Was so easy to just give up and say I had a good tournament. But seeing Jim Rempe at the 14.1 Hall of Fame Banquer really inspired me. In the video, Nick Varner was congratulating Rempe and said Jim never gave up till the last ball. That was in my head. So I fought back and made the biggest high run of my World 14.1 experiences and made it into a real match”, said Eberle after the semi-finals ended. Last year Appleton had made the error of over practicing before the final day matches, on top of a long 2 hour drive. This year he swore off practice and came into the finals fresh. In contrast, the war with Eberle may have drained Van Boening some as he missed his first chance to strike blood. We will never really know because, once again, Appleton put in a incredible performance. He Started off with a 69 ball run, and then finished with a 131 & out completing the entire championship match in 3 innings!

Charlie Williams (Executive Producer), Cindy Lee (CEO Dragon Promotions), Van Boening (2nd), Appleton (1st), Eberle (3rd), Stalev (3rd) , Manny Stamatikis (host) & John Leyman (Director) “Not much I could do there”, Van Boening said softly as he shrugged his shoulders. “ Darren played great and deserves it.” “I really didn’t prepare as much this year for the tournament because been working on my new house and got my wedding this weekend. So I didn’t really expect to win at all. I really struggled in the early parts of the tournament including last night in the quarterfinals against Dechaine. But today I felt really good”, said Appleton after the finals. “This World 14.1 is one of my favorite tournaments. The win comes at a great time because all my family is coming into town and I can share this with them.”

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The Diablo Valley Pool League held the Dave Piona’s 8th Memorial tournament this last Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Vinnie’s Bar in Concord, Ca. It was a total success having 56 players from all over the bay area join for a day of pool, sharing memories, story telling from Christina about Dave, music, singing, playing the guitar, and lots of pool and competition. The pot was sweetened by DVPL adding $250, Christina Piona $250 and Randy Piona another $100 bringing the total pot to $1720 total . Vinnie’s bar as usual offered a delicious barbeque for the economic price of $5. Dollars Dave was not only the pool mentor for many of us, he also held pool clinics for our entry level players to teach about the game he loved so much. He loved competition and specially enjoyed coming to Vinnie’s Bar for the 8 ball tournament. He was also entertained by the music played in the room next to pool tables. He would turn around and watch some of the great musicians performing that night. Cony and Tina Mendoza (DVPL League Directors), along with Christina Piona, Dave’s Wife, welcomed everyone in the morning while Gary French a long time friend of the Piona family shared a few memories of his time with them while living under the same roof. Dave would sit in the corner with his long time friends Tommy , Larry Davis and others to share stories, strategies and selection of shots. We had some new players and plenty of veterans show for the event from Oregon, Southern California, and all around the Bay Area. Former top finishers of this tournament such as Jason Williams, Doug Whaley, Alex Almendral, Ricardo fell short on their efforts and were left with the hope of next year. Winner of last year Bee Davison was not able to compete but he still showed up to salute the family and pool friends.

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Woodward defeats Van Boening.....TWICE

BY: DON AKERLOW Sky Woodward is a young 21 year old pool player from Kentucky who has been on fire lately on the tournament circuit. His latest win was for $20,000 at the Smokin’ Aces Bar Box Open in Poplar Bluff, MO August 15-17, 2014. This tournament was a new concept from Mikey McKuin, owner of Smokin’ Aces. The format is simple; a doubleelimination 9-Ball tournament with a race to 21, winner break and each player (16 player field) paid a $2,000 entry fee, bringing the pot to $32,000 and the house added $2,000. Twenty-five percent of the field was paid. 1st $20,000, 2nd $7,000, 3rd $5,000 and 4th $2,000.

was down to SVB 15-9 and 16-12 and I was curious about what he was thinking. “I was thinking all I need is one shot to get back in the match. If I don’t get a shot it would probably go to a second set and I’ll probably be in trouble,” was his answer. The match never got that far. After being tied at 18, Sky ran out the next rack to 19-18. Then SVB missed a break out on the 6 and played safe, so Sky cut it in and finished that rack. And finally Sky finished off the tournament by a break and run on the last rack 21-18.

The field was full of well known names of pro and semi pro pool players from around the country like Shane Van Boening, Corey Deuel, Warren Kiamco, Rob Saez, John Morra, Chad Vilmont, Justin Bergman and more. Live streaming feature matches with a pay-per-view all weekend by Ray (Big Truck) Hansen at PoolActionTV. com I spoke to Sky while on his way to the next tournament at the Carom Room in Beloit, Wisconsin. I asked him how it felt to beat arguably the best player in the world, Shane Van Boening. His response was simple, “It felt awesome!” During the tournament Sky faced some stiff opposition with matches against Shane Winters (219), Warren Kiamco (21-19) and Johnathan Pinegar (21-11) before facing SVB for the first time in the hot seat match. Sky won that match 21-18 sending Van Boening to the one loss side. In the finals Sky faced Shane and again the outcome was exactly the same 2118. According to Sky, Shane was gracious in defeat and told him that he played good. A great compliment from the player that he admires the most.

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After attending one year of college Sky told his mother, “I don’t know what I want to go to college for. I feel like I am wasting my time right now because all I really want to do is play pool. I just feel like I need to go out on the road for a while and see what I can do.” And that is exactly what she told him to do. Like any Mom, she hates to see him go on the road to a tournament and is so excited every time he comes back home. She worries, but is extremely proud at how well Sky has done.


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I also took the opportunity to talk to Sky’s greatest supporter, his Mom, Deborah Woodward. She said that she always knew that he was talented in sports. He started playing pool at the age of 10 and was competing at age 12. Before anyone showed him how to shoot he knew how to hold the cue. He was a natural, taught by his Dad who showed him how to play. Sky was talented at every sport he competed in. Besides pool, Sky played basketball, baseball and golf but pool was the sport that totally captured his competitive drive. I have had the opportunity to watch Sky in person at several tournaments. The U. S. Bar Table Championships this past February and the Big Dog Billiards tournament in June. He is a quiet, unassuming young man who is very humble. He never seems to get rattled and I asked him about his style of play. His response was, “If I can’t figure out whether to play safe or shoot the shot, I just go for it. I don’t really get negative during a match and I mainly just play my game.”

And Sky has had quite a year! After his appearance at the U. S. Bar Table Championships where he placed 3rd in the 9-Ball and 5th in the 8-Ball; he won the tournament at Big Tyme Billiards in Spring, Texas near Houston and placed 7th at White Diamond Billiards in Lafayette, LA. After winning the tournament at Big Dog Billiards, Sky headed to Vegas for the BCAPL where he won the 8-Ball Grand Masters Division. And now taking down the Smokin’ Aces Bar Box Open followed by placing 2nd at the Carom Room Tournament, quite a respectable showing for someone so young.

I asked Sky who his toughest match was and he said Warren Kiamco who earlier in August won at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, NY just outside of New York City.

After the tournament Sky said “I was so excited. I won the tourney, and beat the best in the world…. twice!”

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We were also given wonderful pool art and fun souvenirs by some players to be included in our raffle. Thank you to all who donated. As always, we want to thank our regular sponsors for 2014: Tony Kalamdaryan, President of Tiger Products Mark Griffith of Magic Rack Don Akerlow On the Break News Ozone Billiards Cony Mendoza of Diablo Valley Pool Leagues Jessica Skye If you enjoy women’s pool, please support the rooms and businesses that support our sport. The live streaming is provided by Denise Domingo. Photography by Naomi Manual. Come out and join the fun. Women of all skill levels are welcome. Please visit our website and our Facebook page, Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour, for more information.

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Press Release 2015 Regional Tour Championships The Women’s Professional Billiard Association (“WPBA”), through the Regional Tours Committee, is pleased to announce that Breakers Sky Lounge in Herndon, VA will host the 14th Annual WPBA Regional Tour Championships (“RTC”). The WPBA would like to thank Shanna Lewis, Billiards Operational Manager at Breakers Sky Lounge, for completing the RFP process and congratulate Breakers Sky Lounge for being selected to host the ultimate event in regional tour competition.   The RTC will be held January 8th-11th, 2015 and consist of 64 players competing in a double, round robin/single elimination format. WPBA Regional Tour Players from across the U.S. and Canada, who qualify through one of (14) WPBA Regional Tours and are WPBA members in good standing, will be invited to participate. The winner of this prestigious event takes home the title “2015 WPBA Regional Tour Champion”, a portion of over $11,000 in prize money (based on a full field), and WPBA Exempt Player status which guarantees an invite to each 2015 WPBA Tour Event. This will be the first combined, RTC on the east coast since 2008 and is sure to delight many local billiard enthusiasts.  Spectators will enjoy watching the best amateur and semi-professional players the sport has to offer. The WPBA invites you to come and share in the thrill and excitement of the Regional Tour Championships. If you are unable to attend, please tune in to the live stream at For venue information please visit www. or call (703) 793-6233. 

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Press Release American Cue Sports 2014-2015 Season American Cue Sports 2014-2015 pool season is here and some leagues are going full swing. Some leagues started their first session during the summer and the next sessions will be starting in September. If you are interested in playing and getting qualified for the Regional and National Tournaments, contact any of the league operators listed below and get signed up. The Regional Tournament will again be at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City starting on Wednesday April 22nd through Sunday April 26th, 2015. The National Tournament will be in Las Vegas at the Tropicana on May 9th through May 15th, 2015. Hope to see you all at both tournaments. Leagues will be starting up Vancouver, Longview and at the Nitehawk within the first three weeks of September, so be sure to contact the appropriate league operator as soon as possible to get a spot or to be put on a team. It is going to be another great pool season so come on out and join in the fun.

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BEF Launches Nationwide Junior State Championship Program August 20, 2014 (Denver, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) proudly announces its nationwide Junior State Championship program. The long awaited national program is an opportunity for each state to showcase their top young billiard stars. Through junior state championships, these student-athletes earn entry into the BEF Junior Nationals where they have the opportunity to compete for academic scholarships and a chance to represent the U.S. at the annual World Championships. Each state may host up to four junior state championships, one for each of the four age divisions held at junior nationals: 18 & Under Boys, 18 & Under Girls, 14 & Under Boys, and 14 & Under Girls. There are three ways to get involved! Host, Sponsor, or Compete in a Junior State Championship event. HOSTS: Help grow the future of our sport by hosting a Junior State Championship. Qualify your local young players for the BEF Junior Nationals and reserve your room as the “home of” your state’s Junior State Championship. Hosts always receive a sponsored prize package exceeding the value of their commitment, along with first dibs for the next year. SPONSORS: Sponsors help keep participation costs affordable for the junior players in turn encouraging more participation. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities

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Press Release Allison Fisher & OB Cues Support BEF August 20, 2014 (Englewood, CO)

If you’re attending this year’s APA National Team Championships, or if you simply live in Las Vegas, you can support the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) this week while challenging legendary “The Dutchess of Doom” Allison Fisher. OB Cues graciously welcomes the Hall-of-Famer these next three days in their booth for challenge matches open to everyone. “The challenge games are $20 per person and 100% of all of the money raised will be donated to the Billiard Education Foundation. Allison will be appearing at the following times: 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday August 19th, Wednesday August 20th and Thursday August 21st,” said Shane Sinnott, Director of Sales & Marketing for OB Cues. The billiard manufacturer is already a quarter of the way to reaching their $2,000 goal for the week. “The BEF truly appreciates and counts on initiatives like this throughout the industry to stay alive. Way to kick off September’s Juniors Pool Month! Huge Thanks & Kudos to OB Cues, Allison Fisher, and all the challengers for your support! We are ever so grateful,” said Samm Diep-Vidal, Executive Director for the Billiard Education Foundation. For more information on the Third Annual Pictured L to R: David ‘Doc’ Reyes (from OB), Raymond Linares (OB player rep), Juniors Pool Month, visit: http://billiardeducation. Allison Fisher and Shane Sinnott (from OB) org/2014-jpm/ Headquartered in Plano, Texas, OB is a leading manufacturer of High Performance Pool Cues and Pool Cue Shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please or the OB Facebook page at obcues. The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.

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Press Release Mika Immonen and Jose Parica Inducted Broomfield, Colo., August 6, 2013 The Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame proudly celebrates and welcomes two of pool’s most dominate players in 2014. The United States Billiard Media Association today announced that two-time world pool champion Mika Immonen and Jose Parica, the leader of pool’s “Philippine Invasion” in the 1980s, have earned induction into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in the Greatest Players category. Immonen, 42, and Parica, 65, will become the 63rd and 64th members of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. The pair will be inducted during ceremonies on Oct. 17, at the Chesapeake Convention Center in Chesapeake, Va. Immonen, born in London, but raised in Finland, was the European 9-Ball Tour’s No. 1 player at 20. Four years after capturing his first major international title — the 1996 Peace Cup in Taiwan —Immonen settled in New York City. A year later, he won the World Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales, topping a star-studded 128-player international field and grabbing what was then pool’s richest top prize — $65,000. Immonen was a dominant player throughout the 2000s, winning 10 pro titles in the U.S., including back-to-back U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships crowns (2008, 2009). He added his second world title when he won the 2009 World 10Ball Championship. Billiards Digest named Immonen “Player of the Decade” in 2010. Immonen has added a handful of major titles since 2010, including the World Cup of Pool doubles crown in 2012. He has also played as a member of Team Europe in the Mosconi Cup 14 times, and was named MVP in 2008. “This is really amazing,” Immonen said, when the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame call interrupted a practice session at Amsterdam Billiard Club in Manhattan. “I’m a little beside myself right now, with goose bumps. After last year (in which Immonen lost to Jeanette Lee in a special Hall of Fame run-off]), I knew I had a chance. But you never really believe it until it’s real.” “When I was younger, I had dreams and goals,” he added. “It’s a timeline, and the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame was on that list. Obviously, that goal takes time. I wasn’t in a big rush to be recognized as an old geezer, but it’s nice to be in the Hall of Fame at 41.” Parica becomes the second player elected to the Greatest Player wing of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame through recommendation of the Veterans Committee. (The Veterans Committee considers players who failed to be elected through general voting prior to turning 60. Players recommended by

the Veterans Committee are put on the final ballot. Election is confirmed with a 50 percent approval from the Voting Members of the Hall of Fame.) Following a distinguished career in the Philippines, where he gained a reputation as the pool-crazy island’s money-game king, Parica arrived in the U.S. He won his first pro tour title in 1986, at the Clyde Childress Open. After a sabbatical from the game (1992-1996), Parica returned to the Camel Pro Billiard Series with a BILLIARD CONGRESS OF AMERICA

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vengeance, winning a pair of tour titles. His consistent play throughout the year also earned him the $50,000 Player of the Year (POY) bonus award to the tour’s top points earner. The points title came down to the semifinals of the year’s final event, when Parica battled Buddy Hall in a match that determined which player would claim the POY award. Parica topped Hall, 9-7. Parica continued to rank among the game’s top players well into the 2000s, winning Derby City Classic titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003, including Master of the Table in 2002. “It has been a long time to wait,” said Parica, when told of his election. “For many years, I didn’t think the people from the BCA knew who I was. I was always asked about my record. I won many major tournaments in the U.S. They commented about my gambling, but

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what pool player doesn’t gamble? But it is a great honor,” he added. “I’m very happy.” Voting for the 2014 BCA Hall of Fame was conducted by the USBMA Hall of Fame Board, which consists of USBMA members, elected At-Large members and living members of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Induction in the Greatest Players category is awarded to the player named on the most ballots. A second player is elected if both players are named on more than 70 percent of the ballots. To be eligible for consideration in the Greatest Players category, a player a) must be 40 years old by Jan. 1 of the year of their induction; b) must have a professional playing career of at least 10 years; and c) must have recorded significant achievements in U.S.-based events. Immonen, in his second year of eligibility, was named on 75 precent of the ballots. Germany’s Oliver Ortmann was named on 33 percent of the ballots, and Gerda Hofstatter was named on 27 percent. Belinda Calhoun, Kim Davenport, Mary Kenniston, Jeremy Jones, Rodney Morris and Vivian Villarreal each received votes on less than 25 percent of the ballots. About United States Billiard Media Association Founded in 2007, the United States Billiard Media Association (USBMA) is a non-profit association dedicated to elevating the visibility and status of billiards in the media at large. The USBMA consists of professional print, radio, TV, public relations and Internet media persons who cover cue sports. One of the association’s main functions is electing of billiard media members to the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame Board for the purpose of nominating and electing players and notable figures to the BCA Hall of Fame. About Billiard Congress of America Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through Billiard Congress of America leadership. The Billiard Congress of America seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody’s game. For more information, visit or call 303.243.5070.

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LOCATION 4th Plain Tavern O’Finnigan’s Pub Log Cabin (1st Tues) Cue-Topia BZ’s Sport Bar Good Time Ernie’s O’Finnigan’s Pub Black Diamond Cue-Topia Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Latitude 84 4th Plain Tavern Cue-Topia Latitude 84 Schooners Doc’s Tavern Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew Legends Spot Bar & Grill Good Time Ernie’s (1st Sat) Good Time Ernie’s (3rd Sat) Schooners Log Cabin (3rd Sat) Black Diamond Latitude 84 Legends Spot Bar & Grill Cue-Topia Latitude 84 Malarkey’s Pool & Brew 4th Plain Tavern Spot Bar & Grill

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Poker Call 8 Ball - Mod BCA $5 Blind Draw Scotch Dbls $3 8-Ball Open Handicap $5+$2+1 Poker Call 8-Ball $5 Meat Shoot-8 players/round $3/round 8-Ball Call Pocket-Mod BCA $3

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED WorldPPA 9-Ball $12 $100 9-Ball B $10 Call 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 8-Ball Handicap $10 9-Ball Open staggered entry $5-$15 $50 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D $5 Matching 8-Ball Handicap $5 Matching 9-Ball Handicap $10 Break Pot 9-Ball NPL $10 $100 w/32 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 8-Ball Bar Table $10 $100 w/20 9-Ball Handicap $12 $5/player

DAY CITY Tuesdays Alamosa Fridays Fort Collins Federal Hgts Saturdays Fort Collins Federal Hgts Sundays Alamosa Fort Collins Federal Hgts

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