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Today marks seven years since Paul Hunter died of cancer at the age of 27.To his family and his many friends and fans in the snooker world, he remains a much missed part of our game.Shortly after his death, the BBC looked back on his lif...
Today marks seven years since Paul Hunter died of cancer at the age of 27.To his family and his many friends and fans in the snooker world, he remains a much missed part of our game.Shortly after his death, the BBC looked back on his life and career. Paul had already achieved a great deal but had so much more to give the game before cruelly, tragically, he passed away on October 9, 2006.
about 8 hours ago
At a tournament I attended recently, one of the players from Out of Town (OoT) was playing a Local Player (LP) in the tournament.A few words were expelled from OoT because he was upset about the way the match was going.You know the typic...
At a tournament I attended recently, one of the players from Out of Town (OoT) was playing a Local Player (LP) in the tournament.A few words were expelled from OoT because he was upset about the way the match was going.You know the typical:You got luckyNice rollYou got actionThe Local Player was miffed at the connotation he only won because of luck.After hearing right after the match more mumblings and, "you got action," from the OoT, LP finally snipped back, "Action? You don't even have a thousand dollars in your pocket!"OoT was shocked. "What? You don't know me at all! We can bet $1,000 or $10,000, we don't care!"After they put up their cues, LP started to head out the door, not wanting to deal with the OoT and the semi-confrontation anymore.OoT went up to his friend (Oot2) and told him the story. Then OoT2 went up to LP."You really don't think we have $1,000?""No I don't," stood firm LP.OoT2 pulled out $1,000 from his front pocket and showed him his roll.LP replies, "well he said he could play for $10,000."OoT2 then pulls out $10,000 from his back pocket.LP walked out of the pool room.
about 18 hours ago
On Sunday, October 6, 2013, the one-day Open 10-Ball division of the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s fifteenth stop was held at Cue Bar in Bayside, Queens, NY. In this event, Scottish touring pro Jayson Shaw proved to be too strong for the ...
On Sunday, October 6, 2013, the one-day Open 10-Ball division of the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s fifteenth stop was held at Cue Bar in Bayside, Queens, NY. In this event, Scottish touring pro Jayson Shaw proved to be too strong for the field, and came out unscathed to add another Predator title to his collection. After a 7-2 win over Edwin Guzman and a 7-3 win against Mhet Vergara, Shaw had his closest match of the event against top U.S. pro Robb Saez, who came up short at 7-5. Jayson Shaw would then move on to the hot seat match and meet with Mike Yednak, who recently achieved open status on the tour following his win in the Amateur division of the Ginky Memorial. Yednak got past Ray Lee in the final four of the winner’s side to to take on Shaw, but would only be able to put up one game in the race to seven against him. Top New York open player Mhet Vergara would have a good run on the one-loss side following his loss to Jayson Shaw, and end up finishing in fourth place after winning four matches. Robb Saez would meet Vergara in the quarterfinal after a 7-6 win over Juan Guzman, and finish the quarterfinal match with a 7-3 win. Saez moved on to the semifinal to take on Michael Yednak, which would turn out to be an upset with Yednak winning 7-5 to go on to the final for a rematch against Jayson Shaw. Yednak would have a better showing against Shaw in the final race to nine, but Shaw prevailed to take the final win 9-5, while Yednak ended strong in second. Jayson Shaw (1st), Robb Saez (3rd), Michael Yednak (2nd) Payouts: 1st: Jayson Shaw – $800 2nd: Michael Yednak – $400 3rd: Robb Saez – $200 4th: Mhet Vergara – $100 The Predator Pro/Am Tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors for their support: Predator Cues, The National Amateur Pool League, Delta-13, NYCgrind, PoolOnTheNet.com, and host room Cue Bar and their staff. The next Predator Tour stop will be held on November 2-3 at Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ. For more tour information, schedule, and standings, visit PredatorProAmTour.com.
about 20 hours ago
BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships // Days 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 Continue reading 255 // cinque six sept huit neuf dix
BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships // Days 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 Continue reading 255 // cinque six sept huit neuf dix
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Upscale Bayside, NY pool room Cue Bar was host to the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s fifteenth stop of the 2013 season on the weekend of October 5-6. Of the forty-five competitors at Cue Bar, a number of the tour’s regular top perfor...
Upscale Bayside, NY pool room Cue Bar was host to the Predator Pro/Am Tour’s fifteenth stop of the 2013 season on the weekend of October 5-6. Of the forty-five competitors at Cue Bar, a number of the tour’s regular top performers were vying to capture the win…but it would be Yonkers, NY-based player Bogie Uzdejczyk who would emerge from the one-loss side to make it to the top. While Bogie Uzdejczyk has had a number of wins on the Tri-State Tour and finished close in third place at the Predator Tour’s stop at Raxx in June, this would be his breakthrough win on the tour. Uzdejczyk has had a strong season in 2013, and currently stands in the #1 spot in the tour’s ‘A’ level division. Uzdejczyk had a strong start at Cue Bar, with wins over Tony Cosenza 7-2, Lidio “Rasta” Ramirez 7-3, Frank Jimenez 9-5, and Keith Adamik 7-4, but had a setback after his 7-4 loss to Tom Hagan, who is currently ranked #7 in the tour’s ‘A’ division standings. Hagan, who had prior wins against Tommy Gray 7-3, Joe Sanchez 7-6, Stewart Warnock 7-6, and Dinko Busanich 7-3, would continue on past Uzdejczyk to take the hot seat after a close fight versus Marco Dy that ended at 7-5. This win would set Tom Hagan up for an appearance in the final. In his appearance in the tour’s previous stop (also at Cue Bar), Hagan had ended in third, and making it to the hot seat guaranteed him an improved finish. In the meantime, Bogie Uzdejczyk moved on from his loss to Hagan to defeat Stewart Warnock 7-5 in the final four of the one-loss side. Likewise, veteran NYC area player John Hacsi also rebounded after his loss to Marco Dy, and got past Dinko Busanich 7-6 to meet Uzdejczyk in the quarterfinal. Uzdejczyk came out ahead by two games against Hacsi, with the quarterfinal score ending at 7-5. In the semifinal against Marco Dy, Uzdejczyk stayed strong to win by the same close score, 7-5, and gain a place in the final for a rematch against Tom Hagan. This third place finish was very solid for Dy, who only recently returned to playing competitively, with his first appearance back on tour being the Ginky Memorial in August. Dy’s break began in 2009, as he took a hiatus from the game to focus on competing in two basketball leagues, the Park Boys New York and the PIBNA (Philippine Basketball Ministry New York Association)…but now frequently practices at Steinway Billiards and competes on the Predator and Tri-State Tours. The final match between hot seat occupant Tom Hagan & Bogie Uzdejczyk would be a close one. In the extended-race format featured in all Predator events, Hagan would win if he got to seven games first, but if Uzdejczyk got to seven first, the race would be extended to nine. Uzdejczyk got out to an early 3-1 lead, which would prove to set the tone for the remainder of the match. He then pushed the lead to 6-3, but Hagan gained some momentum and won the next two, getting within one game (6-5). Uzdejczyk nailed the next rack and got to seven, extending the race to nine, but Hagan fired back to go 7-6. The next game secured the hill for Uzdejczyk at 8-6, but Hagan fired back to put it 8-7. In the following rack, Hagan had a good shot to run out and tie it double-hill. But, things got out of line when Hagan missed the eight. He was fortunate to make eight in an unintended pocket, but ended up with bad position on the nine, and missed the shot. The final nine ball was left open for Uzdejczyk, who took it down to capture his first win on the Predator Pro/Am Tour. In speaking about his experience winning the event, Bogie commented: “It’s so hard to win a tournament, considering you have so many things working against you, like adjusting to different tables, your opponents, the rolls, and staying focused…so when it all comes together, and you see that final nine ball rolling into the pocket, that is the greatest feeling. To make it happen in a Predator event makes it all worth
1 day ago
Castle Billiards (East Rutherford, NJ) hosted the latest fall season edition on the Tri-State Tour calendar. The $1,000-added event drew a field of 40 players. Raphael Dabreo would notch another tour win on his belt, paving his way throu...
Castle Billiards (East Rutherford, NJ) hosted the latest fall season edition on the Tri-State Tour calendar. The $1,000-added event drew a field of 40 players. Raphael Dabreo would notch another tour win on his belt, paving his way through the field undefeated by the tournaments end. Dabreo bested Borana “Killer B” Andoni (7-4), room owner and tour veteran John Trobiano on double-hill (7-6), and Ricardo Mejia (7-5), before accepting a forfeit from Annie “Sniper” Flores, to wait for the hot seat match. Meanwhile, Chris DeCaprio also performed impressively with wins over players Eddie DaCosta (6-5), Tony “Iggy” Ignomirello (6-5), Mike Harrington (6-1), Shivram Gupta (6-5), and Mike Figueroa (6-4), before suffering a tough loss for the hot seat against Dabreo (9-4). On the west side of the bracket, Rhys Chen marked wins over Ricardo Mejia on double-hill (7-6), Jose Liz Domeneche (7-3), Annie Flores (7-2), Bernie Vogelsang and (7-4), before sending Chris DaCaprio packing in the quarterfinal, with DeCaprio ending with a respectable 3rd place finish. Dabreo would then complete his undefeated run in the finals, beating Chen (7-5) to claim top honors. Dabreo stayed in the groove of his recent hot streak at Castle, as he recently also won the Tri-State stop at Gotham City Billiards on August 3, as well as the Predator Pro/Am Tour event at Cue Bar on September 22. Rhys Chen (2nd), Raphael Dabreo (1st), Chris DeCaprio (3rd) Top Finishers & Payouts: 1st: Raphael Dabreo – $800 2nd: Rhys Chen – $525 3rd: Chris DeCaprio – $325 4th: Bernie Vogelsang– $200 5th/6th: Rhio Anne Flores, Mike Figueroa – $130 7th/8th: Jose Liz Domeneche, Eddie DaCosta – $95 Special thanks go to Sterling-Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Qpod, Heptig Cues, Kamui Tips, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, and Human Kinetics for their sponsorship leading to this event. The next Tri-State will be held on Saturday, October 12 at House of Billiards (Staten Island, NY). For tour more information, visit TheTristateTour.com.
1 day ago
One of the masters of her generation, 2012 BCA Hall of Fame inductee Karen Corr has joined the growing group of players to team up with Str8 Shots. Read on in the news release for the details… Karen Corr Photo Courtesy of Ferris Ph...
One of the masters of her generation, 2012 BCA Hall of Fame inductee Karen Corr has joined the growing group of players to team up with Str8 Shots. Read on in the news release for the details… Karen Corr Photo Courtesy of Ferris Photographics October 3, 2013 (Colorado Springs, CO): Hall of Famer Karen Corr is the newest, but definitely one of the most recognizable names, recently signed to Team Str8 Shots. Karen is an inspiration to pool players all around the world and will work with Str8 Shots to help the next generation of players to reach their goals on and off the table. “I’m very happy and excited to be a part of the team. I am thrilled to be a part of the youth programs that Str8 Shots has implemented and the ones they support. This is going to be a positive experience for everyone involved,” said Karen Corr In the 14 years Karen has been playing in the U.S., she has won 15 Classic Tour titles, 4 BCA Open titles, 3 WPBA National Championships and 3 Tournament of Champions titles. She has also won numerous international and regional events. Her recent 7th place finish at Turning Stone should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that she is still one of the top players in the game today. Mark Cantrill has worked closely with several of the player’s and other companies to plan the first appearance of some of the team members. Later today Str8 Shots will announce where these teammates will be making their first stop. “Karen Corr has always been one of our favorite professional players. She is such a fierce opponent on the table but her personality is so much different than what you would imagine it to be. She is truly the treasure at the end of the rainbow,” share Marc and Kimberly Griffiths, owners of Str8 Shots. Str8 Shots is an online retailer for dart and billiard supplies. Visit their store at str8-shots.com/shop. If you would like more information about working with Str8 Shots on these upcoming programs/events, you can contact Mark Cantrill at mcantrill@str8-shots.com or by phone at (480) 612-7732. You can learn more about Karen Corr by going to www.karencorr.net.
1 day ago
In an effort to further memorize this positional guideline, I've drawn it up (based on the video example I watched over the weekend). Each of these shots is a half-ball hit and shot at a medium speed, "Around a 5 on a 1-10 scale." accor...
In an effort to further memorize this positional guideline, I've drawn it up (based on the video example I watched over the weekend). Each of these shots is a half-ball hit and shot at a medium speed, "Around a 5 on a 1-10 scale." according to "Kid Delicious" aka Danny Basavich. Each ball number relates to the "hour on the clock" if you places a clock on the aiming part of the cue ball. During his demonstration the end-rail positions were all very close between 7 and 11. The forward roll sends the cueball towards the upper right pocket, but the inside spin shortens the angle (or vice versa, however you like to understand it). So, my memory could be a little fuzzy there. He had a LOT of "hours" that went between the 1st and 2nd diamond. I'm more interested in the 12-6 range myself. It all makes perfect sence when it's drawn up like this. I'm looking forward to trying these routes because it a) forces accurate cueing and b) will help me better find/execute positions downtable from this shot.
2 days ago
I can't wait to play 8ball on bar table!I don't think I will get to do that until Thursday at my league, but I can't wait!I got a few tips yesterday from a top player of small adjustments I can make to stop scratching. I'm excited to tr...
I can't wait to play 8ball on bar table!I don't think I will get to do that until Thursday at my league, but I can't wait!I got a few tips yesterday from a top player of small adjustments I can make to stop scratching. I'm excited to try it!I feel I am one of the top 8ball female players in the area, but scratching on the breaks are killing me - I should have many more break and runs for my stats.#excited
2 days ago
I played some of the worst pool I've played in a while on Thursday and Friday last week. Thursday I lost an APA Masters match on the hill to a guy that I should've easily beaten. Friday I played my teammate whom I haven't beaten in 5 we...
I played some of the worst pool I've played in a while on Thursday and Friday last week. Thursday I lost an APA Masters match on the hill to a guy that I should've easily beaten. Friday I played my teammate whom I haven't beaten in 5 weeks, and continued to lose to again. Though I won one of the 3 sets, and played decently, it was only because he made more mistakes than I did. A problem he corrected quickly in the 3rd set. I've been writing here about being frustrated with my game and saying that I'm going to work on things - but I haven't really done much. At this point, I'm sick and tired of writing that I'm frustrated with my game. So I hope this post will finally be the kick in the ass I need to actually do something about it. Sort of a pool intervention. I realized a couple of things that I haven't been doing for as long as I've been upset with myself: 1) I haven't been watching any professional pool: so I'm not inspired. 2) I haven't been analyzing my own game (watching the videos I take while playing): I'm not looking for flaws or improvements. 3) I haven't been paying attention to my fundamentals at the table: they are falling apart - alignment and follow-through, namely. 4) I haven't been adhering to my pre-shot routine: not picking a position route, not visualizing the shot and not executing. 5) I haven't been excited or really cared about the game in general: I'm not giving the game it respect it deserves. 6) I haven't been working out (physical fitness, not pool drills, though I haven't been doing those either). 7) I haven't been playing any other games than 8, 9 or 10 ball: I'm bored generally, even when I'm competing. 8) I haven't been watching instructional materials: I'm not cementing existing information or learning new options. All of which leads to the biggest reason I'm playing so poorly lately: I have no mental focus or stamina at the table. Just a few months ago, I wrote about how my mental game had improved and I was both letting go of my mistakes and keeping emotion out of the equation. Somehow during all of the above, I've lost the ability to let things go, to just accept the table as it is, to not get upset when something goes wrong and am becoming a consant boiling pot of frustration and emotion which keep puts me on fult tilt. So, Saturday I decided to watch a number of different instructional videos. All older ones, like Earl Strickland's Pool My Way and Kid Delicious' Clock System, Freddy The Beard's Banks That Don't Go But Do and Byrne's trick shots Vol 3. Shorter videos I knew I could finish without getting that blank stare. I enjoyed Earl's video a lot; it was informative and also broken up with some fun stuff in between the learning (trick shots mostly). And while it's hard to listen Danny Basavitch (Kid Delicious) talk, I really like his clock system example and will be working on that system tonight for sure. Sunday I made myself watch some professional pool. The Action Report uploaded a number of US Open One Pocket matches from earlier this year that I didn't get to see at the time. So I watched SVB vs Scott Frost and Justin Hall vs Earl Strickland. I've really been chomping at the bit to play some one pocket lately. I just love the creative strategy aspect of the game and I miss the learning experience of seeing shots and getting to try them out right then and there, instead of watching the pros do it. I will find a one pocket game this week if it kills me. In general, I am holding myself responsible for getting to the practice room at least twice a week for starters. I hope to spend at least 2 hours working on specific aspects of my game, whether it's fundamentals or shot-making or position or speed drills. Then I want to spend at least an hour of challenging myself by playing the ghost. I'm going to do it the proper way this time, and work my way up the ghost ladder, so to speak. Start with the 3-ball ghost, race to 9 and go from there. I need to actually do thi
2 days ago