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Shane is a two-time Master The Final Shane Van Boening (USA) 8-2 Darren Appleton (ENG) Semi-Finals Shane Van Boening (USA) 8-0 Liu Haitao (CHN) Darren Appleton (ENG) 8-4 Mark Gray (ENG) SOUTH DAKOTA’S Shane Van Boening became the first player in the 23 year history of the PartyPoker World Pool Masters to retain the title as he beat Darren Appleton (England) 8-2 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. Alex Lely and Dennis Orcollo had reached the final in their defence of the title but Van Boening went one better with a blistering display of breaking to take the title and the $20,000 winner’s cheque. Van Boening also joins Ralf Souquet, Francisco Bustamante and Thomas Engert as multiple winners of the Masters. Commented Van Boening; “It feels awesome to win. Before I came here I practiced for almost a week and that work has paid off, it is amazing. The more you practice the better you get and that has really built up my confidence. “I don’t know what happened with the golden breaks. The ball came around and hit the 9 ball and it went in. I hit the break hard so it can happen. “It is very hard to win the Masters. You have all the best players in the world, 16 top players and especially playing against Darren Appleton in the final, who is one of the very best pool players. “I got a lot of fortunate rolls, I made three golden breaks tonight with the one in the semi-final. It is very exciting for me to be the first player to win the Masters in consecutive years,” he added. Van Boening flew into a 3-0 lead, albeit with the help of a couple of errors by Appleton. A dry break in the third game from Van Boening left a tough run out


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for his opponent but he composed himself to get on the scoreboard. Appleton pushed out in the next but Van Boening’s attempt at a snooker left Darren with a look at the 2 ball and he rolled it in up table. From there he cleared up to get to 2-3. He missed another ball in the next, a routine 4 ball at a slight angle, and that gave Van Boening the chance to increase his lead at 4-2. Appleton was looking increasingly agitated by his errors and could only look on as Van Boening kicked the 9 ball in off the break – his second golden of the evening session – to move to 5-2. It soon became 6-2 with a tidy 6/9 combo as things looked bleak for Appleton. And even bleaker in the next as another crunching Van Boening break saw the 9 ball kicked in off the side rail as he reached the hill at 7-2. It ended with a 2/9 combination as Van Boening crowned a fabulous evening. “He broke unbelievably in the semi-finals so I knew I had to break well in the final,” said Appleton. “I didn’t really come down from the semi-final and never really felt comfortable. I had chances at the start of the game and he wasn’t breaking well but I didn’t capitalise. I went 3-0 down but could have been 3-0 up. “I started to feel good and had ball in hand

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at 3-2. It wasn’t an easy finish but I played a bad positional shot and missed the 4 ball. From there at 4-2 he broke and got a 9 on the break and he ran the next rack, got another golden break for 7-2 and in the last rack he smashed the balls and fluked the 6 ball to come out perfect for the 2/9 combo. When things like that happen it is his tournament. “Looking back on the tournament I am really happy to have got to the final. I would have liked to have got more involved in the final but he is a great player and hopefully in the next five or so years we will play in more finals. “Going into the match I felt I just wasn’t ready because I had just finished my semi-final and didn’t have time to get focussed for the match. I missed a couple of balls I should make just because of a lapse of concentration.” Earlier Van Boening had recorded the fastest 8-0 win in Masters history as he beat Liu Haitao in less than 30 minutes. After taking the first two racks, Van Boening then broke and ran six on the spin to record a whitewash in 27 mins and 40 secs. Appleton had enjoyed a tussle with countryman Mark Gray which looked to be anyone’s at 4-4 before Appleton ran away with, ending the match with a golden break.


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Tiger West Coast Women’s Tour PETALUMA, CA Ngo on Sunday morning. Khanh earned her way to the top eight by Twenty-seven women showed up on June 13th and 14th to enjoy defeating Shawn Modelo, Mary Dughi, and Theresa Teague. Buffalo Billiards ambiance and hospitality for the Tiger West Coast On the one-loss side Jess Quinata beat Shawn Modelo to gain a spot Women’s Tour’s first official stop of the year. Buffalo Billiards has a in the top eight. Denise Domingo worked her way through the one great vibe, colorful décor, ping pong tables, dart boards, foosball, loss side after losing to Jess Quinata. She won matches against her pinball machines and many different types and sizes of tables for sister Darnell Domingo, Ginger Bowen, and Emilyn Callado. all to enjoy. Mr. Lee Simon and his staff, which include former At the end of Saturday night, these were the matches on the winner’s pro Billy Aguero, provided everyone with friendly and down-home Jess had her best year in 2014 when she ended up in 7th place service. The competition, the staff, and the outdoor feeling are overall. part of the reason why many of the Sunday morning, on the winner’s women returned after they hosted last side Eleanor defeated Revelina 7-4 year. There were three new players and Khanh Ngo defeated Lindsey to the tour who also enjoyed the tour 7-2. On the one-loss side Leslie stop and Buffalo Billiards. beat Jess and Lindsey beat Denise. Many of the strongest players on our Revelina powered through Leslie, tour were present at this top. The Lindsey and Khanh to meet up women of this tournament are all against Eleanor once again who out to play their best pool. They have was sitting in the hot-seat. to be playing their best every match Revelina won the first set against or else they will be sent to the oneEleanor to reset the bracket. loss side or out of the tournament Eleanor came back strong in the if it’s their second loss. There’s no second set though to win our slacking when such skill, luck and first stop of the year.Photography determination are at the table. provided by Naomi Manuel. One of the highlights of the weekend Visit our website at www.twcwt. was the return of Revelina Um. She com and our Facebook page, Tiger finished 2nd place out of 66 players West Coast Women’s Tour for in the 2014 season. more information. Revelina’s smooth stroke and great ELEANOR CALLADO, REVELINA UM defense got her past her first three The Payouts were as follows: matches against Darnell Domingo, Bonnie Koerner, and Minnie Tayaotao to set herself for a Sunday 1st Eleanor Callado $300.00 match against Eleanor Callado. Eleanor took first place at both the 2nd Revelina Um $225.00 kick-off and previous stop this year and finished in first place overall 3rd Khanh Ngo $175.00 last season with a 4th Lindsey Dorn $125.00 dominating lead. 5/6th Leslie Bernardi/Denise Domingo $90.00 On the other half 7/8th Stephanie Hefner/Jess Quinata $60.00 of the bracket we For those who are unable to make the Top 8 there is also a had Lindsey Dorn, Second Chance single elimination event on the second day of the who beat Leslie tournament. This event drew 12 players for the second chance. Bernardi, Ginger The results are as follows: Bowen, and Jess 1st Emilyn Callado $60.00 Quinata. She was 2nd Darnell Domingo $40.00 set to face Khanh EMILYN CALLADO 3/4th Cony Mendoza/Tammy Moreda $20.00

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TEACHERS BILLIARDS - ST PETER’S, MO Sky Woodward, Justin Bergman, versus Dennis Orcollo, and Roberto Gomez race to 15 games of 8-Ball, winner Breaks. Any match that begins with the young guns breaking and running the first 4 racks, and then play great to amass a lead of 11-5 and lose the momentum and then fall behind 13-11. Then the Filipino team led 14-13 and was shooting the match ball only to miss and lose the game. With the score 14-14 they agreed to play win by two and the kids broke and ran the final two racks to close out the victory at 16-14 Woodward/ Bergman over Orcollo/Gomez. What a great match to witness, I feel blessed and honored and much appreciation to Teachers Billiards and OnCue2 wrote: What an awesome event! Dare I say the fantastic four! Roberto Gomez and Skyler Woodward breaking the rack like they spent their whole pool career practicing the break (did you see Gomez’s back swing, what dedication did it take to harness that?) determined just to show the rest of us us how to break an 8 ball rack on a 9 footer. And if that’s not enough Justin Bergman and Dennis Orcollo... all I can say is WOW these two have the perscision of a surgeon... No, thats too sloppy these guys can not only make the cut they can leave the the scalpe three rails away froze to your problem. But the best part here was to see four world champions proud to be playing for their country play with so much respect and integrity towards each other and the sport. I wish all sporting events could show this type of competiveness.



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Take a Stance

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Most players take their stance for granted. They don’t give it much thought. “Hey, I’m not falling over. What’s the problem?” OK, maybe you’re not falling over, but are you off balance? Are you swaying? Are you inconsistent?

foot. The butt of the cue should be directly above the top of your rear foot. Bend forward into a shooting position and see if you feel you can sight straight down your cue. Adjust for comfort and confident sighting.

The purpose of the stance is to serve as a rock-solid foundation for your aim and for your stroke. A good stance is one that consistently arranges your body to support and facilitate a straight, smooth, fluid stroke. Let’s look at some vital aspects of stance.

Depth: A deep stance is one in which your feet are far apart. Deep stances are often taken by taller players, as a way to get their bodies down to table height. Better players also take deep stances to gain stability.

Balance: You should be balanced from side to side. In other words, no leaning, if you can avoid it. If you must lean or brace yourself against the table, fine, just make sure you are comfortable and stable. Your weight should be distributed about evenly across your two feet. You must also be balanced from front to back. If your front knee is bent a lot, you might have too much weight on the front foot. If you can lift your front foot while you’re down in your stance, you have too much weight on the back foot. Correct this by moving your hips forward or back along the line of the shot. Stability: Once you go down to shoot, you have to settle in and avoid swaying. Again, think of your stance as a foundation. A relaxed, stable stance allows you to stroke fluidly, without interference from clenched up muscles or twisted up joints. Gain stability by finding ways to align yourself to gravity. Don’t fight anything. Width: Most good American players use a very narrow stance, like an archer. One foot is in front of the other, close to being on the same line, near the line of the shot. Good balance is difficult in this stance, and it requires a lot of neck twisting. The other extreme is the snooker stance – feet side by side. I’ve found that players using the narrow stance almost always improve when they widen their stance a bit, to somewhere between the two extremes. Each person is different, so experiment a little. Try starting with your feet side by side and your stick pointed straight forward. Now, move your front foot (the left if you are right-handed) forward about a foot and out to the side about a

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Height: How far is your chin above the shaft? The closer you are to upright, the easier it is to see the angle of the shot. As you bend lower, you see the path of the ball. You must be comfortable that you see the angle before you bend down. For good aiming, the lower you can comfortably go, the better. As you age, you may need to come up a couple of inches. Check your neck for tension. Come up until you are no longer straining. This will make a real difference. Comfort: In general, a good stance is natural and comfortable. Natural means your joints are not twisted up. Look at the angles made by your feet when you’re down in your stance. A natural position will look similar to the angles of your feet when you are standing normally. If you have pain or strain, something is wrong. With a comfortable stance, you can perform well for a longer time. Distance: Over time, we learn to take our stance the “right” distance from the shot, so when we bend down, our bridge hand lands in the right place. Note that stance changes often result in you standing closer or farther from the shot than this habitual distance. You’ll need to consciously check this for a while, until the new stance distance burns in. Move your whole body (feet included) forward or back to adjust. The new habit will soon form, and you’ll automatically take your stance at a proper distance again. When you look at an effective stance, there is not much to notice. Good stance is simple, natural, and neutral. Aspects of a stance that “stick out” are usually the things worth working on. A great stance has no extra stuff. Get down. Get simple.

TABLEMAGIC: TALK THE RACKING (AND BREAKING) Getting the most out of the Magic Rack

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!

I have been donating to playing in the Mezz West State Tour for two years now. Desiree Rivera and Oscar Dominguez have done an amazing job with this tour so far. One of the requirements for the tour is that we use the Turtle Rack, which is functionally equivalent to the Magic Rack. This rack is used for both 9 Ball and 10 Ball events. We are going to focus on 9-ball. Ask many professional pool players how they feel about Magic-style racks, and I think you’ll find that most of them do not like them. The reason is that because it gives a very consistent, tight rack, it is very easy for the pros to break and run a rack of 9-ball. Break properly, leaving the cue ball in the middle of the table, and you should be able to run the table, barring any mistakes. And we all know that pros rarely make mistakes! However, this article is for the rest of us. My goal is to help you achieve the perfect rack and break with the Magic Rack (or Turtle Rack). I’ll leave it up to you not to make any mistakes! First, let’s talk about racking. Place the Magic Rack on the table with the top hole lined up with the foot spot. The rack should be lined up with the center of the table – it helps if there is a mark on the table to guide you. Now, place the balls 3 through 8 randomly around the center of the rack, with the 9-ball in the middle (The Mezz West State Tour requires the 2-ball to be at the bottom of the rack). Once they are all placed, make sure they are all touching, nudging the cluster of 7 balls toward the head of the table just a bit. Carefully place the 1-ball at the top, on the foot spot, and the 2-ball at the bottom. They should nestle into place. Done correctly, all of the balls should be touching, with the possible exception of one tiny gap. If there is a single gap, the problem is with the balls, not the rack. If there is more than one gap, get a new set of balls. There are two ways to break this rack. The first way is to break softly, about 25 to 50% of your normal break speed. The second is to break “as hard as possible (another Mezz tour requirement)” while still maintaining control of the cue ball. In both cases, the cue ball should be placed on the head string, about one to two ball-widths away from the side rail. Either side will do—whichever you are more comfortable with. Try the soft break first. It will be easier to control, and you can more easily see how the balls will react. Hit the one ball directly; do NOT strike the front

of the 1-ball. You should essentially be shooting a stop shot. Aim directly at the center of the 1-ball. The wing ball on the side you’re breaking from should go straight into the corner pocket. The 1-ball should go very close to the side pocket opposite your breaking position. If it misses, it will travel to the head of the table, most likely in position for a shot with the cue ball that you hopefully stopped in the middle of the table. Try this break several times before you move on to harder breaks. When breaking hard, you are looking for similar results, although you’ll tend to get a bit more randomization. If the 1-ball doesn’t go into the side pocket, it may go up to the head rail, and then rebound back to the middle of the table. The cue ball may be caromed by another ball; squatting it in the middle of the table is still your goal, to minimize the chance of it being caromed into a pocket. However, the wing ball should still end up in the corner. If it misses, and you are sure the balls are racked as tight as possible, try moving the cue ball a little to the left or right before breaking. For more, very detailed information about the 9-ball break, I recommend taking a look at Racking Secrets with Joe Tucker, and Racking Secrets II. Making a ball on the break can mean the difference between winning and losing a match. These DVD’s are worth their weight in gold. Here is a bonus tip to help you run 9-ball racks: The 9-ball will usually stay inside the rack after the break. Ideally, you’d like the 8-ball to be a fairly easy key ball, right? Simple! When racking, place the 8-ball in the position directly between the wing ball and the 1-ball. Do a soft break, and notice that the 8 simply floats away toward the side rail, usually somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd diamonds; perfect position to set up the 9-ball! It will do the same thing for a hard break, although there is a strong tendency for other balls to knock it down the table. If the rules state that there is no pattern-racking (like in the Mezz West State Tour), then the next time you rack, place the 8-ball in the wing ball position, and place the 7-ball between the 1-ball and 8-ball. As long as you place the other five balls around the 9-ball randomly, you shouldn’t be accused of pattern racking. Now… go run some racks! If you would like to share some of your success stories (or even the failures), or have suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop me a line at I can also be found hanging out with fellow billiards enthusiasts at billiards. Come on by and join the discussion!

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Here is a great game to develop skills you might normally neglect. It was invented by an Australian named Colin Colenso who described it in the on-line pool forum AZBilliards. You can play it alone as a practice or as a competition. It’s played with a 15-ball rack. You can play any ball into any pocket but the ball and pocket must be called. In addition, a second object ball must be moved and you have to call which one it will be. You get a point for each ball pocketed and a point for moving the called second ball. If you do both -- make and move -- you get to shoot again. The diagram shows four ways to score. Shot 1 is the simplest and perhaps the most common in other games. You make the 15 and break up the cluster. You’ll move three balls probably but you don’t get extra points for the extra motion -- just one point for moving the ball you call. Which moved ball should you call here? If you touch the 13 the 14 is guaranteed to move, but if you have a little draw on the cue ball you could land on the 14 and not move the 13. Call the 14 as the moved ball. In Shot 2 the 12 goes in off the 2. In the position shown the shot is almost unmissable if you slowroll the 12 and have it hit about half of the 2 ball. This uses the 30-degree angle law which applies to a rolling (not sliding) ball that hits another ball between 1/4 and 3/4 full. If the 2 ball were closer to the pocket you would have to hit the 12 ball harder so that it would be sliding into the 2 and the 90-degree kiss-line would apply You could also use the kiss-line in the shot shown but the aiming is a lot more critical. This is a shot you have to know so practice it if you don’t already know it. In Shot 3 is a standard combination. If you get the 10 ball to follow the 11 into the pocket you get a third point for the second ball pocketed. But that would be bad strategy if you want to run the table. The 11 ball is well situated to let you break out the 7-6 so you should wait until you have a better angle on the 11. In Shot 4 the 8 ball is made by caroming the cue ball off the 9. I’ve set it up so the 9 ball also gets the cluster apart. You don’t want to hit the cluster too hard though because having balls close together allows more shot possibilities. The break is an open break and any ball pocketed counts 2 points and you continue to shoot. If a ball is pocketed on a foul shot it spots up but otherwise no points are deducted. The end of the rack is a problem because the balls will be few and far between. There are two options for that situation. The first is start a new rack when only five balls remain. The other is to award double points on the last balls. By Colin’s rules, for the last ball (which is alone) you must pocket it and leave the cue

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ball within a handspan of the exact center of the table to get 2 points and the next break. The ball spots up if you don’t get the cue ball right and your opponent tries the final shot. I prefer a different way of ending the rack: You get a point for making the last ball and the second point for scratching in a called pocket. If you do both, you get the following break. If you only make the ball, your opponent gets to break. Among the many skills this game will help you build is landing the cue ball on the right part of a cluster to get a good break rather than just some break. Work on landing right.


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.

Most pool players lose way too many games because of poor mental decisions. They do not know how to systematically approach each shot and control their emotions to maintain confidence. This article will address three common mental mistakes that pool players make and will also show you how to eliminate them. 1. Don’t Analyze your Stroke: Any thoughts about your stroke during match play are counterproductive to performing well. Whether it is in between shots or during play, trusting in your current ability is far more important than trying to correct some sort of a stroke flaw. Trying to consciously control your body during any action makes the task more difficult. Think about the first time you rode a bicycle (“foot on pedal, now balance…”). Most people lose control of their balance and wreck. After some practice, you learn to trust your natural ability. Thinking about your stroke while attempting to pocket a ball creates tension, which interferes with the free-flow of a good stroke. It’s fine to think about your stroke in between matches or when you’re practicing your fundamentals, but during a tournament your mind must remain silent for you to play your best. Stroke thoughts usually creep in during a match when you miss a few shots. After failing a few times, most players think it is necessary to look at all of the parts of their stroke in an effort to correct the problem. A lot of these misses are simply caused by tension, which increases as the player attempts to gain more control. There’s a saying that in pool, “you need to let go of focus in order to gain it”—and I strongly believe that to be the case. Instead of focusing on stroke mechanics, we need to be connected with our objective—shoot at a specific spot on the object ball and then trust our subconscious to do what comes natural. The best stroke thought is to

trust the fundamentals you have, but if you need some help, you can always practice your stroke in between matches. Remember to say, “1…2…3…” – SET, “1…2…” – PAUSE, “1…2…3…4…” – FREEZE. 2. Don’t Think About the Score: Unless you’re in a situation where you need to know your score for strategy, it’s best to forget about it. Some of the best matches in history have been played when one player didn’t concentrate on what his/her score was. You’ll find that when you play your best, it’s like you don’t care about the results and you don’t judge it, you’re just enjoying playing the game because it’s fun. This is the mentality we need to adopt every game. Score is something that is external and completely out of our control. Tying your performance to the match score or ball count can create a roller coaster of emotions. If you can shift your concentration each match from being results-centered to process-centered, you will immediately start to see improvements in your ability to perform. 3. Don’t Forget About your Pre-Shot Routine: Taking the time to master a solid pre-shot routine is an absolute must if you want to become a more consistent player. It is a positive way to ensure that you choose and commit to the right shot and execute it properly. If you don’t have a meticulous pre-shot routine (which should be a habit), you are simply throwing away games. The section in my new book Unstoppable! Positive Thinking for Pool Players entitled Developing a Powerful Process is completely dedicated to this subject. If you would like additional instruction on how to successfully implement a powerful pre-shot routine just like the pros, you should enroll at Virtual Billiard Academy. The complete pre-shot process can be executed in less than a minute. Being able to concentrate on your preshot routine also ties in nicely with the section above, which discusses players that concentrate on the score or ball count. Instead of making the score or ball count your primary goal, you should make following your pre-shot routine your #1 goal for every shot.

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


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As you all may know, I have always preferred useful and realistic Trick Shots, the ones that can actually happen in a game or that teach you 9 some principle which surely comes in handy when playing regular 6 pocket billiards. Here is one of them and it is not too difficult to execute. We are playing 9-Ball 3 and 9 we are facing a situation where the lowest numbered ball (according to my 6 diagram the red 3-ball) is frozen to the long rail at circa one diamond from the side 3 Another ball (I pocket. used the green 6-Ball) is in front of it, still frozen to the long rail and at about the second diamond. The 9-Ball is more or less one diamond away from the top left corner pocket. Keep in mind that if you freeze the 9-Ball to the rail, it will be a little more challenging to pocket it. During my shows, I normally leave a tiny gap of 1/8” between the 9-Ball and Cueb the rail. Descrip Place your Cue Ball behind the side pocket at about one ball distance from the long rail. Aim the 3-Ball almost full, actually 7/8 of it to the right, and apply a 2.5 tip top spin at 11:30. Use a 3-speed stroke and you will drive the 3-Ball slightly into the rail and off the 6-Ball so that both of them will get out of the CB’s way, which will make a quick curve and head towards the 9-Ball, making it into the corner pocket. Keep in mind that if you hit the 3-Ball too full, it will miss the 6-Ball. If you don’t hit enough of it, the CB will bounce off of it way too much for the English to take over and you’ll miss the 9-Ball. Last but not least, remember that by shooting with a 3-speed stroke and using a slight left English, such as at 11:30, the CB will deflect, although minimally, to the right. In other words, depending on the stiffness/flexibility of your cue, you may be aiming correctly at 7/8 of the 3-Ball but still end up hitting too little of it so you will notice the CB curve but not enough to hit the 9-Ball full. A smooth follow-through is recommendable for this shot, rather than a snap shot or a poke stroke.

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TRAINING THE MINDS TO CONNECT SYNERGISTICALLY The conscious mind is at the mercy (for the most part) of the subconscious mind. Under the level of “thinking” lurks our beliefs, our concepts and our self defense mechanisms that deal with security and social also controls any issues we are having and there’s no way to stop it by “figuring it out” because the problem centers in the minds, the “subconscious, and the conscious”. We have on the average of 30k to 50,000 thoughts a day between the two “minds”.... this leads to all kinds of possible behaviours, emotions/feelings, and even’s very often from a balance issue, your mental “self ” is out of balance. The way to improve you conscious contact with your mental self and the “inner world” is to address the problem at it’s source.....connecting the subconscious mind to the conscious mind in a useful, more effective way. This requires periods of “non thinking”’s somewhat of a paradox “to improve our thinking we must not think”

This is done through meditation and prayer (which is a form of meditation) doesn’t matter if someone is atheist, agnostic or a believer (it’s spirituality, not religion), they must at least be willing to believe in a Power higher than their conscious thinking to make any progress. Once someone is “willing to believe” then the door is opened to the process of higher thinking. I recommend ANAPANA Meditation***, it’s a simple way to meditate, where the person observes their breathing at the source, their very own thoughts.....”observing” the thoughts is very important in this process....of course this is much easier said than done, the more we think about something the less chance we have of actually doing it. ‘The Game is the Inner Teacher’ www.cjwiley. com

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Benefit Tournament Suzanne Smith By: Rebecca Easley TACOMA, WA On June 19, 2015, Suzanne Smith’s home was destroyed by a fire. This kind of tragedy is devastating to a family and when it’s someone you know and care about, you want to do something— anything to help. I cried for my friend’s loss and immediately wanted to help. Being unable to donate financially, I decided to organize the Pool Aid Benefit Tournament to help raise money to donate to the Smith family (Suzanne, Brian, Everett and Sierra Rose). I had a lot of help from the pool community. Shari Ross gathered over a dozen donated items to raffle from these sponsors: Volturri Cue Cases, OB Cues, Ernie Omori Cues, Dave Jones Cues, Snohoapa APA, Jessi’s Billiards 911, Husltin USA, Grind’n Clothing, and Play The Game Clothing, in addition to Clark Smith, Liz Cole, MzTam Trinh, Kristen Cambas and Liz Jensen who all made personal donations. Malarkey’s Pool & Brew in Tacoma, WA hosted the tournament and Rail2Rail Productions provided the live streaming of the event. On The Break News helped by running the ad for the event for free. These sponsors didn’t hesitate to contribute to this worthy cause and they have our deepest gratitude! On August 15, 2015, 17 pool players signed up for the Pool Aid Benefit Tournament to Help Suzanne Smith and her family. The turnout for the event may have been smaller than the usual weekend tournament, but it was an extremely tough field. We managed to raise $1,425 in one day to give to The Smith family to help them! The players donated half their payout, everyone there bought raffle tickets and people online donated to the GoFundMe page. The pool community really came through for Suzanne and we had a great time!! Thank you to all the people who generously donated to the raffle, the players who entered our Pool Aid Benefit Tournament, those who contributed to Suzanne on her GoFundMe page and the people who bought raffle tickets! Our combined efforts raised quite a bit of money for Suzanne, but more importantly, we raised her spirits with this heartfelt show of support! Suzanne’s GoFundMe page is still open, for those who still wish to donate: http://www.

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Aug. 15-16 and again on Aug. 22-23 round and get sent packing. Bob Behind the Rock (BTRT) held their Johnston comes in at 1.14 over his 2nd Tri-Annual event of the year. The average, but it’s not enough to take Tri-Annual events consist of 198 (9 him to the finals as Steve Abraham ball vs the Ghost on 7’ and 8’ tables) nudged him out by .74 of a point for division held on Aug 16-17 and the a seat in the finals. This left Pete 220 (10 ball vs. the Ghost on 9 foot Gonzales who is shooting solid in the tables) held on Aug. 22-23. Both 1st position who shot 36.1 over his events ran two divisions, intermediate average with a 73 and Bill Swan who and open. All players have a handicap shot 29.82 over his average with a that is established on their average of game of 68 for 2nd position into the their latest 20 matches. This is a true finals. 90% handicap that is similar to that The finals are the best of two matches. used in golf and bowling. So how did Gonzales and Swan, who had been the players stack up? shooting over their averages in the first 12 year old Tyler Reygers steals the two rounds lost a gear while Abraham PAT PILGRIM AND WAYNE LESLIE spotlight and his 2nd consecutive 198 ran over the tournament shooting his Intermediate division win. This is how personal best of a 107 points (46.9 it went down. over his average) and taking the title Round 1: players play 2 matches, all and the cash home. Congratulations the participating rooms (which can be Steve and to all the players who any pool room, bar, tavern, bowling participated. alley, club, etc.) uploaded all the BTRT is opening a youth division. If players matches to the website. Once you know a player 18 and under that all the players have completed two matches, would be interested in participating contact us. regardless of where their pool room is If you have an interest in getting your favorite located, we calculate the round. The cream place (any public venue: pool hall, bar, tavern, of the crop rose to the top with Elaine Eberly bowling alley, Elks club etc.) to play this format, in the top seat over Dette Day in 2nd position all you need to do is go to the website, www. by 14.94 points. Dette Day beat out Francie and then contact us at Johnson for 2nd position by 5.30 points. 253-226-3594. We’ll help you get the ball rolling. Francie Johnson landed in 3rd seat by just If you live in the Phoenix AZ area we have 3 1.45 points nudging Tyler Reygers into 4th rooms looking for players to play. position. From here these players moved to Kobly’s ask for Brian Phone: (480) 829-7344, 1301 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281 the Sudden Death round which is just one Main Street Billiards ask for Thor Phone:(480) match consisting of 11 games. FRAN JOHNSON PETE GONZALES 969-7898 Address: 1749 W Main St #11, Mesa, The Sudden Death round landed Francie AZ 85201 Johnson on top with Reygers right behind Bull Shooters ask for Roger Phone: (602) her by 5.46 points. Only the top two players 441–2447 Address: 3337 W Peoria Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029, of this round move to the finals so the pressure was on this match. Players gathered 35th Ave and Peoria, South East Corner next to Laser Quest around the website to see how they finished up. Some with disappointment while others The next tri-annual event is in December 2015. Players need 8 matches to qualify in their with a sigh of relief. Now the finals. division. The finals consist of two matches of 11 games for each player. Francie played out of the Golden Fleece in North Seattle and Tyler Reygers played our of Cue-Topia Billiards in Tacoma WA. Two locations, two players, but there can only be one winner. Johnson shot just under average in the final match, but Regyers brought his personal best score to the final match. Reygers shooting an 67 added to his average gave him a final score of 152.19 and blew Johnson out of the water by 24.55 points. Congratulations Tyler. Now for the 220 Event. Same format and handicapping as the 198 division, but played on the 9 foot tables. We had three rooms participating from Performance Bar and Grill in Renton, Paddy’s Sports Bar in Grill in Couer d ‘Alene ID and Cue-Topia billiards in Lakewood WA. Round 1, again is two matches consisting of 11 games. Coming out on top was Pete Gonzales shooting 33.1 points over his average and to follow was Bob Johnston with 19.4 points over his average both from Performance Bar and Grill. Third position went to Steve Abraham with Deby Welfringer and Tyler Reygers hanging onto the 4th and 5th spot. Bill Swan and Tom Sniper grab the last two spots to qualify for the next round. Then comes the Sudden Death round of one match. Snider, Welfringer and Reygers struggle in this

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Kolby’s 10-Ball

KEIZER, OR This past weekend, August 22nd, we held a 10 ball open tournament and dang if we didn’t get to see some awesome action. We had added $700 and saw 27 players show up to compete for the money. Race was simple, go to 6 front and back of the bracket, and play hard and . The first match we watched on table 1 from the directors station featured Stan Tourangeau and John “ Mr. 400” Schmidt! That’s a pretty good match-up wouldn’t you think? Where would you place your bet? We got to see a lot of local talent and then there was a bunch who made the trip from Washington, Portland and Eugene. Like Sheldon ‘ Cue Maker Extraordinaire’ LeBow, Todd Gooch, Shea Lanter, Chris Byers, Miguel Morfin, Pete Gates, Darin Walding, Steve Lingelback and his sweet bride Carissa. There were some players I had only seen once, Scott Brasher, anyone know him? Nice man, quiet, calculating, pretty darn good too! Another new player to our area Doug Bakalyar, Welcome Doug! And then Wayne Willet, Wes Hough, Michael Jensen and Mike ‘ dialed in’ Grimm. This was a great field! We at Kolby’s thank each and every one for JOHN SCHMIDT participating! Excellent play and sportsmanship! NOW... Where did you place your bet? Let’s get back to those two, Stan and John. Stan ‘ the man’ Tourangeau and ‘Mr. 400’ John Schmidt. First match went to Stan 6-2 knocking John into the back side of the bracket. Lose your bet? Quite the match too, Stan was nearly perfect. John had been in this position before so he seemed unfazed. Money from the backside is the same as money from the front, right? Just a little more challenging. Well that’s the one I saw and then I had to go back to the kitchen! I need a good cook, anyone interested? Got out on the floor later to see the finals, Stan winning the point and John coming through the backside to say ‘Hi, I’m Back, rack em’ As you know John would need to win twice and Stan just once for the prize. Well 1487 N Curtis Rd Boise, ID

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Robinson, Larson, Childress & Fullerton Crowned 2015 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Champions

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From the field of 46 14 & Under Boys, 12-yearold Nathan Childress of August 10, 2015 North Chesterfield, VA (Denver, CO): The returned with his sights Billiard Education set high after last year’s Foundation (BEF) prethird place finish. With sented its 27th Annual proud mom and coach Junior National 9-Ball present, the VA junior Championships August state champion played a 4-7, 2015. 130 billiard near perfect set against student-athletes repreIL & PA junior state sented 31 states at the champion, 13-year-old South Point Hotel & Kaiden Hunkins of Convention Center in Waukesha, WI. Both Las Vegas, Nevada for boys will also be invited this year’s event which to be a part of team took place in conjuncU.S. at the upcoming tion with the 2015 world championships. BCA Billiard & Home Connecticut’s Lukas Leisure Expo. Fracasso-Verner and Of the 54 Daniel Sardoncillo of competitors, this year’s Washington both had title of 18 & Under notable third and fourth Boys Champion went place finishes. to California Jr. State The 14 & Under 9-Ball Champion Chris Girls division went Robinson of Ventura, to 12-year-old Ashley CA. The arena exploded Fullerton of Lake Park, as he pocketed the Top 16 from finishers from 2015 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships MN but not without a winning 9 ball in the (L to R, back row): Rick Doner (head ref), John Taylor (ref), Josh Franklin, Nick Kline, Zach Gurganus, fight. 12-year-old Tatum finals against Atlantic Amber Jackson, Hannah Hohn, Vivian Liu, Earl Munson (tournament director) Cutting from Diamond, Challenge Cup U.S. (L to R, middle row): Tammy Jo Leonard (BEF staff), Samm Diep-Vidal (BEF Exec. Dir.), Daniel Sardoncillo, OH was down 8-1 in team member Josh Lukas Fracasso-Verner, Kaiden Hunkins, Emily Herpel, Tatum Cutting, Melvin Leonard (ref & BEF staff) the finals ultimately Franklin from Creve (Winners in front row): Ashley Fullerton (14 & Under Girls), April Larson (18 & Under Girls), Chris losing the set 9-6 but Coeur, IL. Robinson Robinson (18 & Under Boys), Nathan Childress (14 & Under Boys) she never gave up. came from the one-loss Massachusetts’ players side after losing his Vivian Liu (first-timer) April Larson went undefeated to continue her reign third match against and Keila Perez finished third and fourth respectively. as girls champion. Minnesota’s star won 9-6 in a former World Junior U.S. team member, Manny Fullerton will be representing the U.S. at the single-set finals against 15-year-old Emily Herpel from Perez from Kansas. Newcomers Nick Kline from upcoming world junior championships.Interestingly, all Freehold, NY. Third and fourth place went to junior Prescott Valley, AZ and Zach Gurganus of Marietta, the finals finished with a score of 9-6. nationals first-timers Amber Jackson of South Carolina GA both made a huge splash and all four boys will be The winners from each of the four age divisions and Hannah Hohn of South Dakota. All four ladies representing the U.S. at the upcoming WPA World (18 & Under Boys, 18 & Under Girls, 14 & Under will be invited to represent the U.S. at the upcoming Junior 9-Ball Championships. Boys and 14 & Under Girls) received academic world championships. In the 18 & Under Girls division, 15-year-old

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2015 Lindenwood Sportsmanship Award Winners (New this year!) Nick Kline (18 & Under Boys), Serena Black (18 & Under Girls), Lindsey Douglas (Lindenwood admissions counselor), Nathan Childress, April Czarnecki year’s BEF Academic All-Americans. Banquet guests were also treated with special guest speakers “Dr. Cue” Tom Rossman and Hall-of-Famer Allison Fisher. Also new this year was the new Kamui Quest for Excellence award given to eight recipients this year with a 4.0 GPA. These outstanding student athletes were each presented with a custom Kamui award along with a sponsorship package from Kamui. This year’s recipients were: Serena Black, Joey Bourgeois, Jr., Michelle Jiang, April Larson, Vivian Liu, Andy Poutry, Katlin Schilling and Evan Swett. Great appreciation go to the event staff and

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Newly implemented this year was the Sportsmanship Award presented by Lindenwood University. Players, spectators and staff all voted for players they believed showed remarkable sportsmanship during their matches. This year’s recipients were: 18 & Under Boys Division Nick Kline, 17 (Prescott Valley, AZ) 18 & Under Girls Division Serena Black, 17 (Warrensburg, IL) 14 & Under Boys Division Nathan Childress, 12 (N Chesterfield, VA) 14 & Under Girls Division April Czarnecki, 14 (Urbandale, IA)

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I came into the tournament early Saturday afternoon. Perhaps there could have been more signs directing you to the Events Center and the 9-Ball championship. But I may have missed them but as luck would have it I found my way there. Shane Van Boening was playing Dennis Hatch and as you can well imagine there were huge crowds around his table. I don’t mean 40 or 50 people like you might see in a bar tournament but filling up 2 sections of bleachers seating 200-300 people and standing on the other side there were over 100 spectators. As Shane won, the spectators almost vanished and went their separate ways. I’ve been covering Shane since December 2007. It started in Reno, Nevada at the Sands. He beat Johnny Archer in the finals. I remember everyone that was there complaining that there were virtually no spectators, except on the live stream that I was doing. Now fast forward back to Turning Stone. I found Mike Zuglan the tournament promoter and Joss Tour founder. I told Mike how impressed I was with the venue, the Diamond tables (16 - 9’) and the overall professionalism of the tournament. You couldn’t have found a nicer guy let alone tour director. This was my first time meeting Mike and we talked about the tournament, tour, players and upcoming events and some changes that I will explain later. I am first and foremost a pool player. But more accurately I can be described now as a fan. I enjoy watching a good match no matter who may be playing. My first duty was to take photos … so I did. Thorsten Hohmann, Mike Dechaine, Shane Van Boening, Brandon Shuff, Mika Immonen, Justin Bergman, Dennis Orcollo, Roberto Gomez, Corey Deuel, Sky Woodward, Mario Morra and more. The photos can be found on Facebook at Sunday the 23rd of August, the final four Tom D’Alfonso, Mike Dechaine, Shane Van Boening and Jayson Shaw. Shaw beat Van Boening 9-7, Dechaine beat D’Alfonso 9-1 and now Shane at the 5 o’clock match had to play Mike, Dechaine came out strong and beat SVB 9-5. The finals was at 7PM and the whole thing was being live streamed by AZBtv, In the booth commentating was Jerry Forsyth, Mike Howerton, Upstate Al and Danny DiLiberto. Mike Dechaine came out of the one loss side playing Jayson Shaw who had won the last two Turning Stone events. Jayson jumps out to a 3-0 lead before Mike got out of his chair. There was a controversy over the racking. They were using what looked to be a wooden rack. Anybody that has used a wooden rack knows that there are wear marks inside the rack where the balls meets the rack. After a long tournament anything can wear down. But what was wearing thin was Shaw. He was not at all happy at how the balls were being racked by Dechaine. In my personal opinion, I don’t think Mike was trying to do anything wrong. He kept trying to rack the balls even though Jayson Shaw was very visibly unhappy. Someone posed the question, could this have been an attempt to shark Mike after he just ran 4 racks? I don’t think so but I think it had a visible effect on Mike. I offer a simple solution and the change I had mentioned before, why not have someone else other than the players rack the balls in the finals. The other solution would be to use the magic rack. I have rarely if ever seen the magic rack fail. I’m

Classic 24 not promoting it, just offering a possible solution. Regardless of anything it was a great finals. One race to 13 and Jayson Shaw came out on top. Mike played strong but he did miss a couple easy shots at the end that could have made a different outcome. Mike had a shot that he made perfectly and was not rewarded by a scratch in the side. Jason just had to run out and the match was his 13-10. Jayson was playing great all tournament long. He said in an interview with Jerry Forsyth after the tournament that he had practiced over 130 hours for this tournament alone. And it showed.

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August 22-23 were the dates for the largest women’s pool tournament in Southern Oregon. Viking Cues was the title sponsor for this championship. They donated a cue worth approximately $600, and $700 was raised in ticket sales. Rack ‘Em Billiards in Medford, OR was the location and provided the ladies with the best equipment (7 Diamond bar boxes), the best food, and the best hospitality to be found. Owner Dave Smith graciously added $500 to the tournament, provided some gorgeous crystal trophies for 1st-3rd places, and loaded a coffee card at the nearby Starbucks, so that all the ladies could go over and enjoy some java or Frappuccinos during the tournament. Tournament coordinator, Linda Carter, leveraged her friendships with some pros and other players, who donated some awesome door prizes. Robin Dodson gave us Jump Shot videos, Ewa Laurance, Keith McCready, LoreeJon Hasson, Allison Fisher, and Emily Duddy sent autographed photos. Other personally signed pictures came from Mary Kenniston who also donated a cue extender, Florian Kohler who also contributed his Venom 2 DVD and a cute chalk keychain, and Darren Appleton who also gave us one of his training videos. More fantastic prizes came from Charlie Williams, who donated a guest pass to every 2016 Dragon Promotions event, including the World 14.1 Championships, Nick Varner, who gave us a sweet Nick Varner signed cue, John Schmidt, that gifted us with some autographed photos, a Fury cue case which we added to the raffle prize, and 5-DVD sets of his highest straight pool runs. Vivian Villarreal gave us an “I Bank for a Living’ T-shirt, Tony at Hustlin gave us some apparel signed by many pros, and a Hustlin towel. Tim Miller, aka The Monk, contributed books and videos and training tools. Marney Teague gave us 8-ball jewelry – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and a keychain. Amber Surgeon made some huge baskets with all kinds of goodies in them. We also gave away 2 hotel stays for 3-days and 2 nights. Thank you to all for your generosity! Frank at Play the Game Clothing Company designed and embroidered some awesome shirts in 3 styles, just for our tournament, which many of the players wore. The profits from the shirt sales came to $100, which went towards the prize fund, as did another $100 that came from NW Player’s League in WA. Altogether, we had $1400 added, and we gave $200 to the Consolation tournament on Sunday. Tournament Directors Paul Kinney and Roy Johnson kept the tournament running smoothly, and Ken Smith was our official referee. Many thanks to them, and Bob and Audrey Neill and Tristen Tartaglia for serving everyone with a smile, and keeping the players happy. Roland Daniel was our official photographer that took the photos on Saturday, including our group photo.

An earlier newspaper article announcing this tournament brought out several spectators that came out just to watch and root for their favorite players. After a player’s meeting and the draw, play commenced hard around 12:30pm with 26 women vying for 8 paying spots. The races went to 5 on both sides, with BCAPL rules, lag for break, alternate breaks, and rack your own. The cream definitely rose to the top, as the favorites, Kim Jones from Seattle, and Cindy Doty from Kelso, WA came in 1st and 2nd. Kim’s journey to the finals began with a bye, then she bested Vickie Anders and Dena Hunt Sherman from Medford, Cindy Doty, and then Linda Carter for the point match. Cindy had wins over Raquel Walton of Portland, Jamie Bird from Eugene, and Patty LaMontagne from Grants Pass, before she succumbed to Kim. On the B side, Cindy tore it up against Kris Robbins of Medford, Liz Jensen of Portland, and Linda Carter of Medford, who had just lost to Kim for the point. All entrants got at least one door prize, and on Sunday at 3 pm, we drew for the Viking Cue raffle. Roy Johnson won the cue, and Gary Peyton of Grants Pass won the Fury cue case supplied by John Schmidt. Also in the house, we celebrated Danny Burdick and Paul Kinney’s birthdays with some yummy goodies. 1st $600 Kim Jones + Nick Varner signed cue + crystal trophy (green shirt above) 2nd $450 Cindy Doty + large basket from Amber Surgeon + crystal trophy 3rd $300 Linda Carter + small basket from Amber Surgeon + crystal trophy 4th $200 Liz Jensen + pool book by The Monk 5/6 $100 Kris Robbins/Stephanie Karpins from Grants Pass +Jump videos by Robin Dodson 7/8 $50 Patty LaMontagne/ Eileen Madden of Eugene + 8 ball earrings from Marney Teague The Consolation tournament was a 2nd chance for those out of the money and the main tournament to prove their stripes once again, with only a $5 entry. Thirteen women chose to come back and battle it out for the $200 added on Sunday. Lauren Ward from Long Beach, CA scame out on top, winning $100, with Natasha Hook from Wilsonville coming in a close second, and taking home $75. In 3rd was Linda Knight from Medford, cashing in $55, and Cecilia Holloway from Yreka, CA rounded out the winners and 4th place, bagging $35. It seems everyone had a super time and wants to come back for our next tournament. It was a fun tourney with lots of great ladies participating. All of us at Rack ‘Em thank you for your efforts in putting together a great tournament!

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EVENT / RULES ENTRY ADDED TIME 8-Ball $5+$2+1 100% 7:30PM 8-Ball Open $5 $$$ 8:00PM WorldPPA 9-Ball $12/$25 $100 (last Mon) 8:00PM 9-Ball B $10 Call 8:00PM 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 7:00PM 9-Ball Vegas Rules $5 100% 8:00PM 8-Ball $5 Matching 8:00PM 8-Ball on 7’ Diamonds $10 7:30PM 8 & 9-Ball BCA Rules 3/2 $5 $3/player 7:30PM 9-Ball $5 Matching 7:00PM 9-Ball Open $5-$15 $50 8:00PM 9-Ball $5 100% 7:30PM BTRT 220/198 Open hdcp $10/$8 Call 5:00PM Meat Shoot $3 Meat 6:30PM 8-Ball $5 Matching 8:00PM 8-Ball Call Pocket - BIH $5 Match to $100 7:00PM Players Choice $5 Call 7:30PM 8-Ball TAP 5 & under $5+$1 g.f. Matching 7:00PM 8-Ball Vegas Rules $5 100% 8:00PM 9-Ball Hndcp A-B-C-D $5 Matching 7:30PM 8-Ball Handicap $5 Matching 7:30PM 9-Ball on 9’ tables-Race to 3 $5 $20 gift card 1st 7:00PM BTRT 220/198 Open hdcp $10/$8 Call 5:00PM Poker Pool $3+$1 g.f. Call 7:30PM 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. Call 7:30PM 9-Ball $5+$3 g.f. Call 8:00PM 8-Ball w/Break Pot $5 100% 7:30PM 9-Ball Open $5 $$$ 8:00PM 8-Ball $10 Matching 8:00PM 9-Ball Handicap $10 Break Pot 8:00PM 9-Ball Handicap $20 Call 7:00PM 8-Ball $5 Matching 8:00PM 8-Ball $10 Call 7:30PM 8-Ball $5 $$$ w/9+ 7:30PM 8-Ball - BCA Rules $5 $3/player 6:30PM 9-Ball $5 + $3 g.f. $$$ 7:30PM 8-Ball-No AA $8 $100 7:30PM 8-Ball $10 $$$ 7:30PM 9-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 7:00PM 8-Ball Open $3 Meat Shoot 7:00PM Poker Call Call 6 & 9PM 9 Ball-Race to 3-DE $5+3 g.f. Call 7:30PM 8-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. Matching 5:45PM 9-Ball Open $5+$1 g.f. Matching 5:45PM 8-Ball DE - best 2 of 3 $5+$1 g.f. Match up to 25 3:00PM 8-Ball BCA rules $5 100% 7:00PM 8-Ball $10+$5 g.f. $$$ 3:00PM 8-Ball on 7’ tables-Race to 2 $5 $20 gift card 1st Noon 8-Ball Bar Table $10 $100 w/20 3:00PM 8 & 9-Ball No Masters $5 Call 4:00PM 8-Ball $5 + $3 g.f. $$$ 7:30PM 9-Ball $15/10/5 Call 2:00PM 8-Ball $5 $$$ 7:30PM 8-Ball $10 $$$ 7:30PM 10-Ball $5 100% 7:30PM 8-Ball $5 100% 2:00PM 9-Ball DE - race to 3 $5+$1 g.f. Match up to 25 4:00PM 8-Ball Ball-in-hand $5 $100 min pot 1PM 8/9 Ball Alternating $5 Matching 8:00PM 8-Ball $25 $10/player 1:00PM Alternating 8-Ball/9-Ball $5 Match up to 23 7:00PM Players Choice $5 Call 5:00PM 8-Ball - Race 2/1 $3 M/$2 W $100 6:00PM 10-Ball $7/$10 $100 5:30PM 8-Ball $5 + $3 g.f. $$$ 7:30PM 9-Ball $10 $100 3:00PM 9-Ball $10 Call 7:30PM Outlaw Pool Tournament $10 Call 6:00PM 8-ball Handicapped $5 +$3 g.f. 100% 5:30PM

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


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The Break Pool Magazine September Issue 2015  

All the latest news from events in August plus upcoming tournament dates for the upcoming pool season. Don't miss any of it.

The Break Pool Magazine September Issue 2015  

All the latest news from events in August plus upcoming tournament dates for the upcoming pool season. Don't miss any of it.