MARXUQUERA – FrÃ©dÃ©ric Caudron was already the number one in the world ranking, after the Juanjo Trilles Challenge he is now the undisputed best player in the world. The Belgian today, on the final day of the battle in Marxuquera (Spain) on a golden clowd: he defeated the reigning world champion, Dick Jaspers, in a 600 points marathon match: 600-501 in 274 innings (averaging 2.190/1.828)
Eighteen three-cushion players from seven states gathered in Iowa on June 8, 9, & 10 for the third annual Dubuque Open.Â The competition was played on three reconditioned Brunswick tables in the Masonic Temple’s majestic billiard room.Â Â Â Favorites going in were George Ashby of Murrayville, Illinois, who won the national tournament in 1976, 1981, and 1984, and Fred Lamers of the Minneapolis Billiard Club, who won the Dubuque Open the last two years.Â As many predicted, the two made it to the championship game.
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Two Titans of 3 Cushion Billiards in a Game of 600
Points with a 15.000 Euro Prize
Marxuquera, 2012, May 30 ““ The “Foundation Juan Jose Trilles” for the Development of Knowledge and the Arts announces the event “Juanjo Trilles Challenge” of three cushion billiards where the competitors will be Frederic Caudron and Dick Jaspers in a tournament of only one game and 600 points during 4 days.
The tournament will be celebrated in Marxuquera (Valencia) Spain, from 27 to 30 June 2012 and will be broadcasted to the whole world with a live feed via the website: www.kozoom.com. Seats may be purchased in the actual room where the tournament will take place and it is also possible to book 5 nights with breakfast in a hotel.
Federic CaudronÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dick Jaspers
The 2012 USBA National Three-Cushion Championship Tournament, played for the second consecutive year at the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel as part of the ACS national tournament week, ended in dramatic fashion as defending champion Pedro Piedrabuena overcame a twelve point deficit with a scorching finish to defeat Mazin Shooni 40 to 33 in 34 innings.Â With the victory, Piedrabuena not only defended his crown but also notched his 5th national championship title.
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In Memory of Steve Elzinga.
Steve passed away on April 13, 2012 at the age of 63 from Lung Cancer. Born on March 24,1949 and lived in Grand Rapid MI.
One of Steve interests was Ski Diving and had 720 jumps to his name during the years of 1985 to 1993.
He also liked to play billiards and had played it for 40 or so yrs. Steve helped to promote the game by filming and streaming live 3-cushion tournaments over the course of 4 yrs. His streaming partner Michael Christenson a very close friend of Steve’s worked together and both helped a lot of people on the forums and helped a lot of streamers get started and produce better streams.
His name here was sde and was Mi_Billiards and sde on the streams.
Steve was a proud Viet Nam vet and was buried with honors at the Ft. Custer memorial cemetery in Battle Creek Michigan.
Steve was a great friend and will be surely missed by!!
Pedro Piedrabuena played a great final in Maywood.
MAYWOOD – The 40-year-old Pedro Piedrabuena from San Diego in Calyfornia has won the Open USBA three cushion tournament in Maywood. In the finals he defeated Hugo Pattino, the number one on the ranking, in a magnificent match: 30 points in eight innings (30-16).
The tournament, with a total prize money of $ 17.000, was played in the Eight ball billiards center in Maywood and was part of the Open tournament series of the USBA.
Forty players were divided into 5 groups of 8 players, playing round robin. The top 2 finishers from each group advanced to the semifinals. The top USBA-ranked A-players were seeded into the qualification groups, one per group.
Â Shooters, a major pool room just outside of Kansas City, was host to 3-cushion billiards star Mazin Shooni on May 20. Mazin conducted a clinic for four local players””Travis Gallup, Stan Lombardo, Bob Mansky, and Dennis Reinecker””in the afternoon, and that evening he put on an exhibition before an attentive and appreciative audience. Both events were on Shooter’s newly recovered Gabriels Imperator table.
Â Day 2 Schedule will be posted later tonight with 1st round results
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Two old rivals met in the early rounds of the Champion of Champions tournament.Â Mazin Shooni and Sonny Cho traded billiards for the better part of the game, but Mazin gradually pulled away with some great shot making.Â He made a double-the-rail shot for his 33rd billiard, and an umbrella for his 34th.Â One more would give Mazin the victory.Â A routine three-railer would seal the win.Â He struck the cue ball, which touched ball number two and then the long rail.Â It seemed right on course as it hit the second rail.Â Sonny rose from his seat to congratulate his foe, but the cue skidded long off the third rail and slid by ball number three.Â “œIt missed by next to nothing,” Mazin would later say. Trailing 28 to 34, Sonny stepped to the table.Â Watch the fabulous end.
The game is eight-ball and you have the solids. The 8-ball is blocking the corner pocket. It wouldn’t help to make the 7-ball, and while there are various ways to play safe off the right side of the 3-ball, they don’t improve your chances, and they give your opponent a chance to play safe in return. An ingenious play is to hit the 3-ball squarely with low backspin so that it banks off the end rail and back into cueball.
Pedro Piedrabuena repeated as the Champion of Champions with a stellar 35 to 33 win over Hugo Patino highlighted by a run of 16.Â Â Pedro was clearly the best over the four-day event, losing only once and posting a 1.440 grand average.Â Hugo suffered two loses and had the second highest average at 1.417. Trailing 17 to 8, Pedro started his run.Â When it was over, he led 24 to 17.Â Hugo seemed dazed for a few innings as Pedro built his lead but then Pedro faltered.Â The last three billiards were elusive, and Hugo staged a come back.Â At 34 to 33, Hugo missed a long-short-long shot but left Pedro with all three balls in a line.Â After pondering the shot for nearly a minute, Pedro played an up-down shot (long, short, long) for the win. Finishing third was Miguel Torres with a record of 8-2 and an average of 1.281.Â More to come later this week.
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