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January 2009


Live Streaming of Pool tournaments -- Is this the wave of the future for the billiard industry or is the future now? By: Don “Cheese” Akerlow

There are a lot of variables in streaming. What camcorder to buy? What other equipment is needed? When to stream, settings, mics, announcers, cost of streaming, sponsors, internet connections, and upload speeds. But probably the biggest problem after you have accomplished the maze of information, or lack of it, is what to do when it crashes or simply stops or the picture is herky-jerky or the audio is pitting every other word. Once you have accomplished, to a satisfactory degree, the technical aspects, then there are finding sponsors. The love of the game is playing but working it as a business you must treat it as such. There is another quandary, were do you get the viewers? Sometimes word of mouth, or chat rooms but those fail in numbers. The favorite streaming server at this point is Sometimes a streamer only gets 50100 viewers depending on the length of time that you are streaming. You can have viewers that drop in and leave upwards of 1,000 but usually 100-200 is a good number. What I have found to work best besides word of mouth are emails. Emails can inform the viewers of the upcoming events and ask them to pass the information on to others. Pool forums are good but they only host a small percentage of the pool playing public (about 1%). If you use one or more of the national magazines, your event would most likely be over before they would come out with the announcement. Another way would be local and regional publications that publish on a monthly basis, have a dedicated website or build your own show page on Ustream. Develop a logo to go along with your webpage that way it will get recognized by more players. You would have name and sight recognition among league and tournament players that would most likely tune in. In my opinion, Pay Per View (PPV) in some cases is not worth it. As OTBnTV has done from the beginning, find sponsors. If you charge $20$30 for an event for someone to watch, it may get 30 or 40 viewers but your name won’t be out there except for your loyal followers. This is not a way to grow the live streaming. In December of 2007, I watched the Mosconi Cup streamed live for $5 a day. I watched it pretty much every minute it was on. I believe you will have a captive audience, if you make your price low enough for viewers to watch matches between the better players or the challenge matches, just an observation that I have made. A friend of mine told me when I asked him if he’d pay for PPV to watch pool on the internet, “If I’m going to pay $20 or $30, I want to own it.” I think he has a good point. Perhaps the streamer should have an archive of pool matches that they have streamed or a live stream on a regular basis so that the viewer has a reason to come back to your site or offer a membership to watch the archived videos. In November of 2008, the Great Southern Billiard Tour held it’s championships, streamed it live by Inside Pool and had over 700 viewers

that stayed to watch on the weekend. They streamed all week and Sunday was the finals. If this was compared to television and had a Neilson rating, unfortunately the show would have been cancelled but this is still a young and growing medium. Live streaming on the internet and watching on your computer has an advantage that television doesn’t, a chat room, where the viewer can ask questions after they have logged in and sometimes when they haven’t. Sometimes in the chat room there are drawbacks. There are those who will ridicule and use foul language which Ustream censors. There are those who are rude and crude whether they are behind the mic or in front of the camera. Streaming pool matches or tournaments is in its early stages and even though there is sometimes a small following of an abusive posse-like attack on viewers, this is few and far between. I only mention it as part of the growing pains that these entrepreneurs work their way through to this undiscovered medium and its potential. I had the privilege of interviewing some of the streamers who are actively bringing to you, the pool playing audience, tournaments and events that you would never have the opportunity to watch. Many of these streamers spend their time off on weekends to stream local tournaments. I composed a set of questions that I posed to many of the streamers and viewers in order to find out what they thought about this medium that is beginning to grow in popularity. I also posted it on three different forums, I wanted to see their opinions. The first was Matt, who streams in the Southeastern United States. He does this as a sideline because he is interested in promoting pool and thinks there is a future in streaming. Matt is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and is always striving to improve the quality of his stream and commentary so that the viewers enjoy the show. He believes that the medium will be here to stay as long as the interest remains, the quality gets better and the industry supports the efforts of the streamers that for now is done on a limited basis goes on without much industry support. Next I spoke to Deno Andrews from the International Pool Tour. The IPT was the first to stream a live pool tournament with their World Open 8 Ball Championships from Reno, Nevada in September of 2006. This was a first class event, professionally produced, commentated and broadcast and there was no (Streaming continued on page 15)


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By John E. Hill, BCA Instructor

Not so bold statement: There are many aiming systems. Bold statement: However, most pros will quickly concede that they use no “system” but aim the shots by “feel.” It would do one good to develop this sixth sense as well. Boldest statement: To paraphrase Eddie Robbin: “Don’t use (aiming) systems as substitutes for Natural Ability. Develop your Natural Abilities First and then use systems in coordination with those abilities.” Good advice. Anybody looking for the silver bullet or holy grail of aiming, a system that works in every instance, would be better advised to seek a little professional counseling. But for those who need something a bit more quantifiable (?) the following is a list of the basic systems I could fine for aiming. Some others may have systems, but they are probably a variation or hybrid of these nine. This information was gathered from various sources and is not in any particular order of importance, age, or effectiveness. Please note: NONE of these systems are accurate much past a diamond and a half from the target pocket.


Draw a line from the middle of the target pocket through the object ball. Make a parallel shift of this line through the cue ball. Aim to make the lines come together.

FRACTIONAL AIMING: Based upon the 1/2 ball hit. Draw a line from the middle of the target pocket through the object ball and determine the angle at which the cue ball sits. A 15 degree angle = 3/4 ball hit; A 30 degree angle = a 1/2 ball hit. A 50 degree angle = 1/4 ball hit and etc.


Eddie Robbin’s idea. Aim to hit the ball slightly too thick, and then aim to hit the ball slightly too thin. Repeat as necessary until you get the “feel” for the right place. You can use this method for speed, spin, elevation of cue, or anything else.

RAILROAD TRACKS: A very simplistic method perhaps best suited for beginners. Simply imagine the object ball on railroad tracks to the pocket and the cue ball on railroad tracks to the object ball. Another version of this is the “Tunnel.”


Since a billiard ball is 2 1/4 inches in diameter, an inch and a eighth is exactly 1/2 of that; i.e. the center of the ball is at 1 1/8 inch. Measure 1 1/8 inch from the edge of the object ball along the aiming line and shoot the center of the cue ball to that spot.

JOE TUCKER’S CLOCK OR NUMBER SYSTEM: In this system the object ball and cue ball have 12 hour clocks envisioned on their axis, looking down at them. The aiming point from the center of the pocket would run through a number on the object ball, say a 6. One would then shoot at the corresponding 6 on the cue ball. There are templates available to help locate these numbers

GHOST BALL: A popular method. Place a ball resting at the exact spot the cue ball must hit the object ball; remove the ball and imagine the cue ball resting where the “ghost ball” was at point of contact. Try to make the cue ball occupy that space.

IMPROVED GHOST BALL: (Jewett) The method above is good, but not quite representative of what actually happens when the cue ball makes contact with the object ball. To make the ghost ball method more in line with the physics, move the ghost ball a hair away from the object ball.

POINT OF CONTACT: Imagine the contact point on the object ball and hit that point with the cue ball. Simple, but ineffective. It’s almost impossible to keep ones eye on that very tiny spot. It must be obvious by now that aiming systems come in many flavors and colors. To pick just one and run with it is inviting disaster since there are so many other elements involved in shot making. Grip, stance, stroke, english, pre-shot routine, attitude, as well as the circumstance of any particular shot may demand sighting or aiming adjustments that just don’t fit the parameters of any aiming system. To reiterate the sage words of Eddie Robbin, “develop your Natural Abilities First and then use systems in coordination with those abilities.” (c) 2008 John E. Hill, King of the Hill Billiards(tm) Inc. John Hill is a BCA Instructor and lives in N.E. Washington. He can be contacted at:

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The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino has been hosting the USPPA and Reno Open events for more than twenty years now. They’ve generously added hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. During the time when the professional players had an established tour to play on, this was the final event, the last hurrah if you will. Because it is held in December, it seems that this event helps to cap off the year with a chance to take home a tidy sum and be able to relax a little bit for the holidays. This year’s event, the 46th one to be held at this Reno, Nevada hotel and casino enticed 167 players to the tables; pool tables that is to pit their sticks against one another. With the affordable entry fee and player seeding a thing of the past, players of all skill levels had the opportunity to play against and rub elbows with some of the best. The spectators had the pleasure of sweating six days of matches, day and night, if their hearts desired. Whether you were rooting for the underdog to upset the veteran player or you cheered for the obvious favorite, this was the place to be if pool is your game and passion. With this large field of talent, Ken Shuman and Scott Smith had their hands full but both are veteran tournament directors that could probably run these events blindfolded. There is no one who can compare to Scott ‘the shot’ Smith’s famous introductions and notice that ‘we’ve got action’ when the matches were at hill-hill. Ken is the no nonsense, organized guy who makes sure the matches, table assignments and staff are doing what they

need to be doing when they need to be doing it. He’s a selfdescribed anal person and proud

of it. During the first two days of competition, the elimination rounds were contested with some true upsets: Tony Chohan being out of the tournament after only three matches and Mark Tademy being sent to the one loss side after only the second round; to name just a couple. The excitement was in the air for the two ladies who remained on the (Reno Open continued on page 25)

(Reno Open continued on page 25)

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Mickey’s Cues & Brews 7380 S. Eastern Ave Las Vegas NV held National 8-ball qualifier on December 20th 2008. The tournament had fifteen players fighting for the two spots to play at the Golden Nugget Valentines weekend. Mickey’s may of only had fifteen players but the players that did not show up they missed out on a great tournament and a chance to qualify for the $32,000 in prize money. The tournament started on Saturday at 1:00pm with some great matches like Jose Alvarez and Cory Harper. This was a great match Jose had a hard time getting started and Cory took over in the match with a seven to four victory to stay on the winners side. Cory then played local player John

Kutcher w i t h another seven to four victory. Cory then met up with Mad Max Eberle. Max’s eight ball play was all most flawless the play from Max was something to watch with his Zen like approach to Max Eberle the game it was like watching a kite sail through the air and Max sailed through the tournament defeating Dan Schneider Jason Hunt, Cory Harper and Al Lawrence to secure first spot. With only fifteen player and Max securing his spot on the winners side there was still a lot of pool to be played on the B- side of the bracket. Local player Randy Jaragoske had a great showing getting put on the Bside early by Rick White. Randy played great with good shot making and cue ball control. Randy moved through the B-side like a Nascar driver through Friday traffic. Randy later defeated Rick White on the B-side. With a great victory Randy moved on to play Jose and hit a bump in the road with Randy coming up dry on his breaks Jose went on to win this match and Randy fell a little short of securing his spot for the National 8-Ball Tournament. Jose was another local put on the B-side early but with his pit bull like reactions. Jose Defeated Cory Harper, Randy Jaragoske, and Al Lawrence to secure his spot in the 8-Ball Nationals in Las Vegas NV. I would like to thank Jason Bryan, Lee Harvy, Josh Vagovich, Randy Chugg, Al Barlow, Ryan Leto, and Jason Hunt for playing in the qualifier and supporting the game of pool. Without the support from the local players there would be no tournament. 1st Max Eberle Spot in 8-ball Nationals 2nd Jose Alvarez Spot in 8-ball Nationals 3rd Al Lawrence $150.00



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The Girls Division of the Junior World 9-Ball Championships got underway on December 1st at The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. A total of eighteen young ladies representing twelve different countries came to strut their stuff and that they did at the pool table. The format was double elimination, race to seven games until the top four players earned their places, when it would revert to a single elimination format and the finals would extend the race to nine games. The United States was well represented by a total of six young ladies headed by US Nationals champion, Allison Hardwick and her sister, Chelsea Hardwick who finished tied for 7th with Heather Torpin; Briana Miller who had the best USA finish of tied for 5th; newcomer, Jauslinn Arnold (a Brittany Spears look-alike) who was playing in her very first World Championships and finished tied for 9th and Nicole Hernandez who finished tied for 13th place. Konisha Samia, representing Japan, started the tournament with a first round Bye and was quickly sent over to the one-loss side of the board by Sabrina Naverschnig of Austria. She buried her heels and slowly and expeditiously sent her four opponents ( Michelle Yap-Hui Ching of Singapore, Denise Wilkerson of New Zealand, Chelsea Hardwick and Briana Miller, both of the USA) out of the tournament, earning her place in the top four who would vie for the 2008 title. In the single elimination semi-final match, she showed her mettle when she was forced to wait for her opponent, Zemonette Oryan to show up for the match and deal with her dress code issues that were quickly dealt with by tournament director, Ken Shuman. She quietly dismissed Oryan and moved on to the final against Canada’s Brittany Bryant. Brittany Bryant, representing Canada, traveled a different road with a first

round Bye and wins over Karen Garcia of Nicaragua, Chelsea Hardwick of the USA and Kim Witzel of Germany to earn her way into the finals against Samia. Bryant carried herself with confidence and maturity beyond her years. Once in the final four, she sent Sabrina Naverschnig of Austria out of the tournament earning her place in the finals against Samia. The finals boasted two very assured, unassuming young sportswomen who both had talent at the table. Both players moved cautiously around the table, took their time to study the layouts and figure out how they wanted to execute. The sometimes reminded me of the lionesses waiting and watching their prey for the perfect time to strike. The score went back and forth; Brittany Bryant neither young lady taking any commanding leads. At one point, Bob Hunt, head referee, called a foul because Bryant’s hair touched a ball on the table; giving ball in hand to Samia. This wasn’t the first hair foul that had been called during the tournament in the Girls Division and it wouldn’t be the last. At a crucial moment in the final game, with the score at 8 games apiece, Samia was called for a hair foul, giving Bryant ball in hand. Bryant methodically ran the remaining balls for the win and title. RESULTS: 1st Brittany Bryant - Canada 2nd Konishi Samia - Japan 3/4 Sabrina Naverschnig - Austria, Zemonette Oryan - Philippines 5/6 Briana Miller - USA, Kim Witzel - Germany 7/8 Chelsea Hardwick - USA, Heather Torpin - USA 9-12 Denise Wilkerson - New Zealand, Jauslinn Arnold - USA Keng-Chun Lin - Chinese Taipei, Karen Garcia - Nicaragua


The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada played host to the Junior World 9-Ball Championships December 1-3, 2008. A total of fiftyone multi-lingual, multi-talented players, representing seventeen different countries, competed in the Girls and Boys divisions. Regardless of what language they spoke or what country they represented, 9-ball was the universal language; the common denominator for these young people who were vying for trophies and bragging rights. The format used in the Boys division was double elimination, races to nine games until the final eight players found their places. Those final eight then had to contend with a single elimination format and the extended races to eleven games The United States had a total of seven players represented in the Boys Division; one of which was the US National 9 Ball Champion in the 18 and under age division, Austin Murphy who tied for 17th place; another was the US National 9 Ball Champion in the 14 and under age division, Landon Shuffett who finished tied for 13th place; and finally Nick Tafoya who finished tied for 9th place was the highest US finisher in this event.

Jerico Banares, who represented the Philippines well in his runner-up finish. He showed himself to be quite Pin Yi Ko capable at the table showing signs of those of his country, who had come before him and made names for themselves in the sport of pool. He made his way through the elimination rounds with a first round Bye, then wins over Roman Pruchai from Russia, Nick Pera from New Zealand and Kihara Hirotaka from Japan. Once in the final eight, he defeated his countryman, Jonas Magpantay and Ogawa Norio from Japan, earning his berth in the final match against Pin Yi Ko of Chinese Taipei. Pin Yi Ko, representing Chinese Taipei was slowly but surely eliminating his opponents starting with a first round Bye, then defeating Marc Bucais of Canada, Nick Tafoya of the USA and Stefan Nolle of Germany to gain entry to the top eight player roster. Once that hurdle was overcome, he dispatched Albin Ouschan of Austria and Manuel Ederer of Germany to reach the final match against Jerico Banares of the Philippines. He appeared primed for this match, having reached the finals twice before at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships. (North America Shines continued on page 23)

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10 On November 14-16, in Sheridan, WY at “Rails Bar”, owned by Art & Linda Erickson, they held their second annual “Battle in the Big Horns”. This year’s event was a great success with 84 players in the Open Division and 32 in the Women’s Division. This 8-Ball event combines all skill levels from AAA to B into one Open Division group by using a handicap ranking system that saw a great many matches going hill-hill. With $3,000 added, plus beautiful jackets for both Open and Women Division winners and over $13,000 in Open Division Calcutta and over $3,000 in Women’s Division Calcutta. There was a boatload of money up for grabs.

In the Women’s Division Linda Asleson from Billings rose above the field and went undefeated to capture first place. In the Open Division it was Jim Winter, also from Billings, who caught fire. Jim came from the losers side and sent home a bundle of top playrs. He ran table after table and proved to be unstoppable right on through the finals where he had to defeat Bob Flores twice. Congratulations to Jim and Linda and to all those who made it to the finals on Sunday. We would like to thank all participants for a great tournament. Hope to see all the players next year along with some new faces.

(l to r) Ernie Cummings, Jim Winter, Jeremy Shevchuk, Bob Flores

(l to r) Barb Walker, Linda Asleson, Shelly Reiter, Theresa Singleton

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A Few Words About Practice By Roger Long - Advanced Certified Instructor

Alas, last week I had another one of those dreamers. You know the ones. They’re the, I want it all, and I want it now, type. This particular one happened to be a former student of mine who had returned to learn the real “secrets” of pool. He was convinced that I must have held out on him in the first go-around. He thought his game was pretty good until he found out that it was well below the level of the A+ player who had Roger Long recently cleaned his clock in a local tournament. Now it was like, “Okay, Roger, tell me what I’m doing wrong.” When I asked him if he was practicing 4-6 hours a day, six days a week and he answered no, I said, “Okay, that’s what you’re doing wrong.” Well, suffice it to say that was not what he wanted to hear. Truth is, people, there are very few secrets in pool anymore. The days of the hustlers who carefully guarded every bit of information they’d picked up over the years, are gone. Nowadays, just about anything you might want to learn is available through books, DVD’s, YouTube videos, or instructors. But even if you possessed all the knowledge in the world, it wouldn’t win a game for you. There’s no magic to it; no pixie dust. There is only one way to go: take what you learn and put it into practice. There’s that word again – practice. Through practice we develop mind-body controls that make repetitive motions unconscious efforts akin to those of driving a car. Some people call this development “muscle memory.” Once you’ve committed motions to muscle memory you don’t have to constantly be telling yourself how to shoot. You especially do not have to be trying to remember a bunch of “secrets.” And the only “natural” talent involved is with those few gifted players whose nervous systems are prewired so as to develop muscle memory faster than the average individual. In simpler terms, this just means that they may not have to practice quite as much, but they still do have to practice. If there are any secrets in pool at all anymore, I think they are in the areas of what to practice, and how to practice. Top players may not share their practice methods with everyone due to the fact that they perform in a very competitive arena and they simply must try to give themselves some kind of competitive edge. Therefore, exactly what and how these players practice usually remains their little secret. For average players, though, many of them just throw balls out on the table and shoot them in. They might spend hours and hours doing this, but it renders very little useful practice. Useful practice is that which is both specific and structured. By specific I mean you should practice certain types of shots, i.e. cuts, banks, combinations, jawed balls, etcetera, and you should do so at all different speeds and spins, always watching to see where the cue ball ends up. And by structured I mean that you should develop some method of evaluating and recording your practice results so that you can gauge your day to day progress. So there; you now have pool’s best un-kept secret – PRACTICE!

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If you’re fortunate enough to play only on the finest Diamond or Gold Crown table with shiny, clean Super Aramith Pro balls and newly recovered Simonis cloth, then you’re probably pretty spoiled. And let me guess, you might struggle a little at league or the local weekly tournament when you have to play on bar tables with ripped felt, mismatched balls, and karaoke blasting in your ear. There’s something to be said about practicing and competing under controlled environments Samm Diep where your opponent is respectful and everything is pristine, but welcome to the real world. Unless you’re a professional and you only compete in professional events where the equipment is perfect and consistent, then you’ll need to learn to adjust. Not even the pros are that lucky. It’s no secret that sub-par conditions level the playing field. A C-player that wouldn’t win one game against you on a big table stands a fair chance of beating you on an unkempt bar table. The biggest weakness for the Aplayer is that they forget that they’re on a bar table. They’re still trying to play perfect pool. They’re delicate with safeties and attempting finesse shots for window shape. In this environment, it only gets them into trouble. The C-player on the other hand may only be playing position 50% of the time. The other 50% they’re just hoping they make the shot. They’re used to the difficult shots because they’re out of line more often than not. They’re faced with the tough shots and they just fire them in and take what they get. They shoot everything firmly and they pot the balls. They’re fearless. These circumstances make the better player play worse and the worse players thrive. The C-player doesn’t know any better because they’re not used to being in line anyway. The A-player gets frustrated. Their cue ball is reckless, they can’t control the speed, and they’ve lost their touch. The moral to this story is that you must adjust your style to the equipment and conditions that you’re faced with. Like they say, “When in Rome...” If you don’t trust the table, don’t try to be so delicate. Pocket balls with firmer speed. Choose defensive shots with more blocker options. Adjust your patterns to use less rails. Short-side shape is more than acceptable on the bar table. Please be sure to visit “random smatterings of pool thoughts, articles, & news”. You can take polls, view article archives, and read tournament and training updates. Samm Diep, “Cherry Bomb” - House Pro at Mile Nine & Rack ‘Em Billiards (Aurora, CO) Author of “You Might Be A D Player If... (101 Classic Moves That All Pool Players Can Appreciate)” Visit: fun & unique products for pool players

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involved with it. He thinks that it will change pool on a 1-10 basis at 7 and comments that if it could be hooked up to a TV screen from the internet it would go over better in the pool halls. Another blogger writes it will affect the future

of pool at an 8 and would rather go watch a tournament in person and would like to watch it free. Roger says, “I watched a live Great Southern Billiard Tour stream with 10 ball, one pocket, and 14.1 for almost 12 hours. For me it was too much and boring. I think there is a lesson to be learned from that experience to make it exciting. But the future may lie in the beginning and intermediate player that tunes in and call their friends.” Cherry writes, “Hopefully it’s here to stay.” She likes the streams that are recorded and you can view later and are archived. To improve it get different interesting people to commentate, keep it free, with more camera angles. 8.5 is what effect streaming will have on pool.” OTBnTV Dwie thinks, “An archive of free videos would be nice.” OA writes, “It’s here to stay and is replacing TV. I sometimes like to listen without commentary and just listen to the sounds of the room.” Dax says, “It’s here to stay, not sure how to improve it. I would rate it a 10. It will eventually bring pool to a mainstream market. I like to watch it from start to finish. It doesn’t matter pro or amateur.” These are the problems that we all face. It is fun and exciting to participate in promoting pool in this manner but the challenge still remains in getting the content to a wider audience and attract more support for the streamers. Michigan Players Tour The countless hours of streaming, sitting there talking, analyzing but most importantly making sure whatever goes wrong is fixed and that the stream to the audience is as good and entertaining as it could possibly be. With the downsizing of our economy, the billiard industry or should I say it’s faithful, it’s players, have come up with a unique and challenging endeavor. I too have this passion and have set up a Live Streaming Guide for Pool on the Web where you can watch a “wall” of video players from streamers from all over the U.S.A. and the world. You can watch all the shows in small windows or you can click on the link to your favorite show and be directed to their show page or website to watch and chat. When one show ends you can return to the Guide and watch another. So go watch and have some fun!!! Email me with your comments


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The 46th USPPA Pro Am Classic tournament began on December 5th and ran through December 8th, 2008 at The Sands Regency Casino and Hotel in Reno, Nevada. The event drew a whopping 150 players with averages ranging from 23 to a high of 165 and every skill level in between. All of these players had to qualify to play in this event by competing in weekly USPPA handicap tournaments offered in the USA and having a specific number tournament sheets (stats) turned in for those tournaments. Marshall Williams may have been born playing pool. I remember seeing him play in Redwood City tournaments when his age was in the single digits. He comes from a family of pool players with dad, George and brothers Jared and Jason being highly competitive players themselves. Marshall played up to his 103 average capabilities by winning his first six matches before meeting up with Denzel Suntay (68) in the seventh round of play. Once on the one-loss side of the board, he stepped back up to the plate defeating Simon Dudley (92) and Jeff Gregory (109); both matches were played even. He got a rematch against Suntay (68) with the same results; leaving him in third place. RESULTS: 1st $6000 2nd $3000 3rd $2200 4th $1600 5/6 $1200 7/8 $900 9-12 13-16 17-24


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I had the pleasure of meeting and briefly interviewing a first-timer at the World Championships, Jauslinn Arnold of the United States. I must admit what caught my eye when I first spotted Jauslinn was her resemblance to Brittany Spears (having just seen her on television promoting her new CD). Although I’m no expert, I’ve been around pool long enough to know raw talent when I see it and Jauslinn definitely had it. She has a good stroke, takes her time and shows that she’s thinking her shots through. She came off as a shy, quiet and unassuming young lady but when she smiled, she lit up the room. Once I had an opportunity to talk to her, I came to see the nerves of steel and the determination under the sweet exterior. A sixteen-year old High School Junior, Jauslinn is home schooled which gives her more time to practice her sport of choice. She only began playing pool 3 years ago on 3 1/2 x 7 foot tables in Jr. APA 8-ball leagues. Finding that she wasn’t challenged enough, she decided to step her game up to the 9 foot tables, the 9ball game and even has a coach in Brian Parks but only since March of this year. She would love to become a professional pool player one day but she knows she has to work up to that. At this stage of the game, she only wants to be the best she can be. She earned her way to the World Jauslinn Arnold Championships by winning a qualifier. She feels she did well for her first time on this competitive level. She said the tables were humbling but overall she had a very positive experience throughout the World Championships, not only at the table but away from it. Having qualified to play in this tournament just the weekend prior, there was no time for her to receive the USA uniform shirt. One of her US teammates, Briana Miller gave her one of her own shirts and made her feel very welcome. (continued from page 9)

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The final match, a race to eleven games, was expected to be a very close match with both players showing their skills, stamina and sportsmanship while fighting as hard as any seasoned warrior to capture the title for themselves and their country. With the score tied at six games apiece; Ko had four unanswered wins before Banares put another win on the wire. With a two-game lead at 10 to 8, Ko laid down an almost perfect safety (I have found there is no perfect in pool); when Banares was unable to make a legal shot, Ko took ball in hand for the win! RESULTS: 1st Pin Yi Ko - Chinese Taipei

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It was a fine Straight Pool Tournament at Sam’s Billiards in Portland, OR on Sunday, December 7. Todd Gooch won first place, beating Buzz Poleson in the final match. Newcomer Kevin Parr won third place and the high run prize with a run of 43, topping high runs of 38 by Todd and 35 by another newcomer, Steve Hay. Mitchell Henderson came in fourth. Players came from all over, including Bill Enger, who was back from Seattle. The total field of 16 players included some top-notch players, including former 14.1 champion Justin Lilje. The final results of the tournament were as follows: 1st $70 Todd Gooch 2nd $55 Buzz Poleson 3rd $40 Kevin Parr 4th $20 Mitchell Henderson High Run: 43 - Kevin Parr The next monthly 14.1 tournament at Sam’s Billiards will be Sunday, January 4, 2009. Tournaments starts at 11 AM. Late comers will not be let in. The entry fee is $15. Tables are open for practice from 10 AM.

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January 2009


By Christina Piona

The World 9-Ball Championships for the Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Wheelchair players were contested simultaneously on sixteen tables housed on the 2nd floor of The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada during the first days of December. In the Wheelchair players division, twenty-eight players representing thirteen different countries battled it out for the crown. Many of the players competing play regularly in events run by the NWPA (National Wheelchair Players Association). These guys have the opportunity to play in about ten tournaments per year in their own events, not to mention in non wheelchair events open to them throughout the country. This being my first opportunity to report on a Juniors and Wheelchair Players event, I admit I was intrigued Aaron Aragon and excited for the opportunity to do Dinsmore of Ireland and Aaron something new! I was interested to see the talent pool from all over the Aragon of the USA was world and I was disappointed. All the players, whether boys or girls or absolutely incredible! wheelchair, played on tables side-by-side with the same desire - to win! Dinsmore seemed so totally The format was slightly different from the norm, with a double elimination focused and he was playing race to nine games would apply until the top eight players found their marks. well. He seemed to capitalize Those top eight players would then change to single elimination with the on every opportunity given to races extending to eleven games for the quarter and semi-final matches; him by Aragon. While it to thirteen in the finals. There were also some player seeding: Henrik seemed that Dinsmore had the Larrson of Sweden was seeded first; Kurt DeKlerck of Belguim seeded majority of the momentum, second and the USA’s Aaron Aragon was seeded third. things began to swing in As I was hanging around, pitching in to help rack the balls for any of the Aragon’s direction bringing the players who wanted or needed it, I enjoyed getting to know some of the match to a hill-hill situation, players. Having been around this sport for close to twenty years now, I where Aragon came out the have met and reported on so many players through the years. I found victor earning his way into the these guys’ attitudes refreshing and rewarding. Seriously, what struck me finals. He remained was their attitudes; or lack there of. Stereotypically, athletes have attitudes; not always good ones. These guys were upbeat and positive. Did I mention (continued on page 25) Hours: 11:30AM-2AM

that they could play some pool? Yeah, that they could do. Brian McFarland, a player from Fargo, North Dakota, was kind enough to talk to me for awhile and give me some background information. He told me that many of the wheelchair players have special chairs, usually taller, made just for playing pool. He gave me his opinions on the tournament contenders: Larsson was a powerhouse; Aragon was someone who was always in the mix; as well as a couple of others that might put a twist on the tournament. I noticed that several of the guys had cue extensions, stretch bridges and other tools to assist them in their games. All of them were more than adept at using them, knowing and executing their shots and getting the most advantageous position. The semi-final match between Fred

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winner’s side of the board by Friday night’s rounds. Both of these ladies have game; neither being a lightweight at the table. Mary Rakin has been a World champion and won her share of women’s events as she just keeps strengthening her game and confidence as each match is played. While she maintains her toughness at the table, she has a heart of gold away from it. Melissa Little is well known locally, nationally and in the professional ranks. She can hold her own with the best of them whether the field is full of men or women; she’s in it to win it. Finishing third place is a player who many consider the best table mechanic, at least in the Western Region, and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever want to meet. Ernesto Dominguez has been on the competitive pool scene for many, many years. He’s shown himself to be a gentleman whether he is at the table competing for a major title or away from it talking to the spectators. He has passed that on to his son, Oscar, who also competed in this event. He started this event strong and kept his momentum going as he was undefeated going into the hot seat match against Mike Davis. He suffered back to back losses to Davis and Leonardo Andam, keeping him in third place. Leonardo Andam is one of the talented contingent of players from the Philippines. After a first round Bye and a win, he was sent to the one-loss, uncharacteristically fairly early by his countryman, Jose Parica. Once in that do or die situation, he kicked his game into gear winning eleven matches in a row to earn his right into the finals. Champion, Mike Davis, took an easier route than his finals opponent, Andam. Davis was undefeated from start to finish in this event. He defeated all who stood in his way to the championship, beginning with Pierre Benitomako and ending with Ernesto Dominguez, landing himself firming in the finals against Andam. His momentum was unstoppable as he was crowned Reno Open Champion 2008 where he wrapped his hands around an early Christmas present of $15,000. On behalf of all the players, thanks and appreciation go out to the USPPA, The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino, Tony Annigoni, Ken Shuman, Scott Smith and their staff and anyone else who had a hand in putting these events together. It takes a lot of hard work and cooperation to successfully run a tournament of this magnitude and that hard work and dedication is appreciated. 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5/6 7/8 9-12 13-16 17-24 25-32 33-48



Brandon Moore BUTTE, MT On Thanksgiving Day Brandon Moore passed away. He was only 24 years old but as many pool players know he was an excellent shot. We had a memorial tournament for him on 12/13/08 and 48 people showed up for the blind draw. Brandon has graced the pages of The Break on many occasions. He will be dearly missed. --- Ed Pape (Mr Ed’s Saloon)

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undefeated on the winner’s side to the top eight with a first round Bye, then defeating Matt Duffy of Scotland and Alex Hutchins of the USA. In the top eight, he sent Matej Brajkovic of Slovenia and Dinsmore out of the tournament to meet up with his countryman, Hans in the finals. Meanwhile, two tables over, Charlie Hans of the USA was battled it out with Jouni Tahti of Finland for his right to what he hoped would be an all USA finals. He got to his position with wins over Kenneth Bendiksen, Eml Schranz of Austria and Matej Brajkovic of Slovenia in the elimination rounds. Then in the final eight players, he defeated Brad Rautio of Canada and Tahti to reach the finals against Aragon. The final match between two NWPA Hall of Famers, Charlie Hans and Aaron Aragon was a continuation of the exciting semi-final matches that had been contested earlier. They showed no signs of slowing down; to the contrary, they were racing to the finish line and this was the home stretch. The match went back and forth; then Aragon took a good lead but Hans wasn’t sitting still and he would fight back. At the end Aragon maintained his lead and the win with a final score of 13-11. 1st $1950 Aaron Aragon - USA 2nd $1250 Charlie Hans - USA 3/4 $750 Jouni Tahti - Finland / Fred Dinsmore - Ireland 5/8 $350 Matej Brajkovic - Slovenia / Henrik Larsson - Sweden Brad Rautio - Canada / Kurt deKlerck - Belgium 9/12 $100 Alex Hutchins - USA / Danny Luton - England Matt Duffy - Scotland / Takahiro Terada - Japan


January 2009

By Christina Piona

The United States Pool Players Association (USPPA) and The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino hosted their annual event during the month of December. The roads were clear, the weather was mild but the heat was one in the two ballrooms that had been converted into a 15-table poolroom for a couple weeks. The events were preceded by the World 9-Ball Championships for the Junior Boys and Girls, as well as the Wheelchair Players. The USPPA event began with a minitournament that was anything but. A full 128 eligible players competed in the single elimination contest vying for the top cash prizes. Tying for third place was Rafael Martinez playing at a 165 average and Bret Baker whose average was a 60. Baker moved along his tournament road by defeating Jim Vincent (34), Tony Sardo (48), Deirdre Shiozawa (25), Ken Smith (49), and Allison Hardwick (65)

before settling for the $400 prize money. Martinez playing at the highest average started off defeating Bill Hart (77) and continued knocking off his opponents one-by-one - Bryan Chapin (43), Donny Harrison (34), Gary Melandson (37), and Kenny Hansen (36) before meeting up with Jaynard Orque (83). Orque stopped Martinez in his trek to the finals but Martinez still managed to pocket $400 of his own. Jaynard Orque carried his 83 average well on his way to the coveted finals by defeating Lisa Coronado (38), Tammie Lemm (33), Ryan Buechler (36), Alex Bradley (75), Bobby Herr (99) and Rafael Martinez (165). Orque wasn’t able to take it all the way as he was relegated to his runner-up finish and a tidy sum of $700. Noy Quinones carried his 64 average well throughout the tournament. He started by playing



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The fifteenth stop on the 2008/2009 Pechauer All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance - ACS) was hosted at Match-Ups in Fort Collins, CO, on the weekend of November 29-30. The $1,000 added event - hosted by owners Mike and Nicole Hellmer - attracted forty-one players to a double-elimination 8-ball format on 7-foot bar boxes. Mark Haddad (Denver) went through the winner’s side of the bracket, for the hot-seat honors. Meanwhile Stevie Chan (Ft. Collins, CO) was making a little noise before being sent to the loser’s side at the hands of Jeff Crawford (Denver, CO) 4-5. After suffering the loss to Crawford, Chan returned to his winning ways to setup a rematch with Jeff Crawford who previously was sent to the loser’s side by a 5-1 defeat to Dave Gomez. After a give and take battle Chan closed out Crawford for a 5-4 victory, leaving Crawford at a 4th place finish. Chan’s win over Crawford set up the 3rd place match with the ever “DANGEROUS” Davey Gomez. Chan went on to a 5-3 victory, leaving Gomez to a 3rd place finish. Mark Haddad and Stevie Chan quickly swapped run-outs to start the tourney finals. After a 2-2 tie, it was all Mark, who pretty much played flawless to end the set 5-3 and take the first-place honors. By virtue of Jeff Crawford being the highest-finishing ACS member in the event, he qualified for a free 8-ball singles entry into the 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas - courtesy of the ACS. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Championship Billiard Fabric, Nick Varner Signature Cases and oZone Billiards. 1st $600 Mark Haddad (Denver, CO) 2nd $400 Stevie Chan (Ft.Collins, CO) 3rd $250 Dave Gomez (Denver, CO) 4th $150 Jeff Crawford (Denver, CO) + Free Singles entry to ACS Nationals 5-6 $100 Mike Hellmer (Ft.Collins, CO), Andy Benefiel (Denver, CO) 7-8 $50 Fernando Corona (Ft.Collins, CO), Mack Pride (Saratoga,WY) 9-12 $25 Shane Wertz (Ft.Collins, CO), Nick Smith (Colorado Springs, CO) Travis King (Loveland, CO), James King (Loveland, CO) High women’s finish: Debbie Gustafson (Ft.Collins, CO) $25

and even match against Sylvester Coronado (69). Once he successfully defeated Coronado, he continued his winning ways with wins over Pierre Benitomako (36), John Thomas (91), Al Markasky (73), Mike Morang (43) and Bret Baker (60) earning his berth in the final match. He dispatched his fellow finalist, Jaynard Orque (83) happily accepting the top prize money of $1000. 1ST 2ND 3/4 5/8



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Fifty two contestants showed to Malarkey’s Pool and Brew in Tacoma, Washington, for the annual Thanksgiving Classic 9-Ball Tournament. The format had altered from previous years as an opportunity to open the field to 128 players should the interest prevail. Come game day, the field proved to be one of the lowest in the history of the Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament yielding 52 players competing for one of the larger purses in the history of the tournament, $3820. Even though the number of participants seemed meek, the talent was world class and by no means a walk in the park. This tournament entertained big names destined to be legend such as Dan Louie, J.D. and Glenn Atwell to name only a few. Playing among the legends of the game were silent giant killers like Pat Vice and Jay Siongco who proved to be #1 and #2. Lurking closely in the shallow waters were up and coming players such as Eddie Mataya and Scott Thurston to name a few, by far no dream day at the beach in the pool room. Special thanks to the staff of Malarkey’s for making this another enjoyable event. Sometimes it is more just to come out and enjoy the smell of the competition for the pure love of the game even though we know we can’t hold a candle to half the talent in the room. Thanks to you for making the war wounds much easier to salve and for making us feel like champions within ourselves. Special thanks to John Duclos of somewhere over the mountains over there for making those miserable tables fun to play on again. Short of being arrested by the Karma Police for a lousy luck of the draw by the economy, I don’t think those tables would have ever been right. For those who participated, remember one thing, without you the game can’t exist. Thanks for taking a swing and we all hope to see you again in February. (See ad below) 1st $1100 Pat Vice 2nd $700 Jay Siongco 3rd $450 Damian Rebman 4th $290 Bob Zack 5/6 $190 Arlo W., Glen Atwell 7/8 $130 Jim Boyce, J.D. 9/12 $90 Dan Louie, L.T., Sean L., Scott C. 13/16 $70 Junior T., Raul A., Frankie R., Eddie C.



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CITY Butte, MT Great Falls, MT Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA Portland, OR Helena, MT Salem, OR Northglenn, CO Everett, WA Honolulu, HI San Leon, TX Las Vegas, NV Moorpark, CA Great Falls, MT Medford, OR Aurora, CO Longview, WA Kenmore, WA Sacramento, CA Phoenix, AZ Mtn View, CA Bozeman, MT San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA Great Falls, MT Shelton, WA Great Falls, MT Helena, MT Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA Hollywood, CA Portland, OR Portland, OR Bozeman, MT Great Falls, MT Tacoma, WA Medford, OR Oak Harbor, WA Tacoma, WA Mtn View, CA Reno, NV Reno, NV San Francisco, CA Reno, NV Bozeman, MT San Francisco, CA Everett, WA Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA Portland, OR Lincoln City, OR Medford, OR Kenmore, WA Mtn View, CA San Francisco, CA Shelton, WA San Francisco, CA Everett, WA Lewistown, MT

LOCA TION LOCATION Cinz (See ad Dec) 8 Ball In (See ad p32) Hard Times (See ad 8) Hard Times (See ad 8) Sam’s Billiards (See ad p23) Edge Casino (See ad p4) The Cue Ball (See ad p18) Colorado Cue Club (See ad p11) Soundview (See ad p11) Hawaiian Brians (See ad p16) Casper’s (See ad p16) Pool Sharks (See ad p8) Butera’s (See ad p16) Classic 50’s (See ad p21) Rack’em (See ad p4) Rack’em (See ad p8) Cadillac Island (See ad p30) GoldenFleece (See ad p7) Hard Times (See ad p8) Bullshooters (See ad p16) CA Billiard Club (See ad p24) Eagles Club #326 (See ad p20) Family Billiards (See ad p19) Billiard Palacade (See ad p18) 8 Ball In (See ad p22) Western BCA (See ad p14) 8 Ball In (See ad p32) Edge Casino (See ad p4) Hard Times (See ad 8) Hard Times (See ad 8) Hollywood Billiards (See ad p16) Classic’s (See ad p8) Sam’s Billiards (See ad 23) Eagles Club #326 (See ad p20) 8 Ball In (See ad p22) Malarkey’s (See ad p27) Rack’em (See ad p4) American Legion (See ad p13) Malarkey’s (See ad p27) CA Billiard Club (See ad p25) Sands Regency (See ad p17) Sands Regency (See ad p17) Billiard Palacade (See ad p18) Sands Regency (See ad p17) Eagles Club #326 (See ad p20) Family Billiards (See ad p19) Soundview (See ad p11) Hard Times (See ad 8) Hard Times (See ad 8) Sam’s Billiards (See ad p23) Western BCA (See ad p31) Rack’em (See ad p4) Golden Fleece (See ad p7) CA Billiard Club (See ad p24) Billiard Palacade (See ad p18) PACS (See ad p2) Family Billiards (See ad p19) Soundview (See ad p11) MCMOA (See ad p14)

PHONE (406) 782-2468 (406) 761-9169 (916) 332-8793 (916) 332-8793 (503) 282-8266 (406) 449-4997 (503) 362-9740 (303) 450-7665 (425) 238-3591 (808) 946-1343 (281) 559-1400 (702) 222-1011 (805) 523-3088 (406) 453-0136 (541) 779-6111 (303) 755-7675 (360) 957-0065 (425) 908-7332 (916) 332-8793 (602) 441-2447 (650) 965-3100 (406) 587-9996 (415) 931-1115 (415) 585-6800 (406) 761-9169 (406) 761-9169 (406) 449-4997 (916) 332-8793 (916) 332-8793 702-719-7665 (503) 761-2622 (503) 282-8266 (406) 587-9996 (406) 761-9169 (253) 383-3301 (541) 779-6111 (360) 675-3732 (253) 383-3301 (650) 965-3100 (702) 719-7665 (702) 719-7665 (415) 585-6800 (702) 719-7665 (406) 587-9996 (415) 931-1115 (425) 238-3591 (916) 332-8793 (916) 332-8793 (503) 282-8266 (541) 779-6111 (425) 908-7332 (650) 965-3100 (415) 585-6800 (360) 892-7454 (415) 931-1115 (425) 238-3591 (406) 442-7088

EVENT / RULES Traynor Memorial Doubles 3 Man Team Round Robin One Pocket 9-Ball Straight Pool 8-Ball Helena Bar Box 9-Ball So. Willamette Valley players 9-Ball New Year’s Barbox 8-Ball Mixed Scotch 4 Person Team NCS 8-Ball Qualifier NCS 8-Ball Qualifier NCS 8-Ball Qualifier NCS 8-Ball Qualifier Open Doubles - Race to 5 9-Ball Limit 16 NCS 8-Ball Qualifier 8-Ball Open NCS 8-Ball Qualifier NCS 8-Ball Qualifier NCS 8-Ball Qualifier Sat: One Pocket / Sun: 9-Ball 9-Ball Open One Pocket/9-Ball 8-Ball Handicapped 8-Ball Singles - Race to 5 8-Ball Open Singles/Teams 9-Ball Open-Race to 11-Alt Brk Bud Sautter Memorial Dbls One Pocket 9-Ball Jay Swanson Memorial NCS 8-Ball Qualifier Limit 32 Straight Pool Sweetheart Mixed Doubles Valentine’s Mixed Doubles Valentine’s Mx Sc Doubles 9-Ball Limit 16 8-Ball 4 Player Team Singles 9-Ball Open Race to 7 Sat: One Pocket / Sun: 9-Ball 10-Ball U S Bar Table 9-Ball U S Bar Table 8-Ball Handicapped 8-Ball U S Bar Table Women’s MT State Dbls One Pocket/9-Ball 8-Ball Everett Women’s Invitational One Pocket 9-Ball Straight Pool 8-Ball Regionals Singles/Teams 9-Ball Limit 16 NCS 9-Ball Qualifier Sat: One Pocket / Sun: 9-Ball 8-Ball Handicapped Regional Champ. at Little Creek One Pocket/9-Ball 8-Ball Everett Open Invitational 8-Ball MT State Championships

ENTR Y ENTRY $50/team $100/team $20 $25 $15 $40+g.f. $10 $25+$10 g.f. $125 $100 incl g.f. $65 $60 incl. g.f. $60 $50 $25 $30+$15 g.f. $40+$10 g.f. $40 incl. g.f. $80/$40 $60 incl. g.f. $25 / $25 $25 incl. g.f. $25 each $20 $25 Varies $90+$10 g.f. $40 Team $20 $25 $65 $60 incl g.f. $15 $20/team $30 $40+$10 g.f. $25 $130/team $40+$10 g.f. $25 / $25 $125 $125 $20 $125 $20/team $25 each $125 $20 $25 $15 Varies $25 Call $25 / $25 $20 Varies $25 each $125

ADDED $500 $2500 w/18T

TIME 8:00PM 10:00AM $10/p up to 30 Noon $10/p up to 50 Noon 11:00AM $1000+ 8:00PM $200 10:00AM $1,000 Noon $750 Call Call Call $1500 Call $1000 11:00AM Call Call Noon $500 payout Noon $1,000 pd entry Call $500 w/48 Noon $1250 Call $1000 11:30AM $800 Guar. Call $400 each 1:00PM $200 11:00AM $300 ea w/32 1:00PM $200 Call $500 11:00AM $4,000 Guar Log on $5,000 w/128 8:00PM $300 Noon $10/p up to 30 Noon $10/p up to 50 Noon $3,000 Guar 9:00AM $500 Call 11:00AM $200 11:00AM $500 w/32 teams 2:00PM $600 w/32 11:00AM $500 payout Noon $500+ 10:00AM $1,500 w/64 10:00AM $400 each 1:00PM $6,000 10:00AM $6,000 10:00AM $200 Call $8,000 10:00AM $600+ 10:00AM $300 ea w/32 1:00PM $750 Call $10/p up to 30 Noon $10/p up to 50 Noon 11:00AM $26,000 Guar Log on $500 payout Noon Call Call $400 each 1:00PM $200 Call $12,500 Call $300 ea w/32 1:00PM $750 Call Qualify at bars $25,000 Max 7:00PM

January 2009


The Break - January 2009