Nick “œQuick Nick” Nikolaidis raced to the “œartistic” victory circle on November 20, 21, and 22, 2009 at The Bank Shot Bar & Grill in Laurel, MD. Nick displayed burning focus, poise, and brilliant skill shot execution in the process. Ray Hansen of Cue and A Promotions did a live stream at the event, which was the 1st time an “œartistic pool” event has ever been covered online. You may view all round play, the awards ceremony, and Cue-Dean-“œE” at: www.ustream.tv/channel/drcue2009.
It’s the Hatchetman for Team USA!
Dangerous Dennis Set for Mosconi Debut
AFTER 14 DAYS of voting and some tireless campaigning by all eight candidates, it is Dennis Hatch who will be donning the colours of Team USA for the first time in his career after coming through via the fans’ vote on Mosconi Cup Idol.
‘The Hatchetman’, 38, took the lead in the vote with a few days to go and increased it over the final weekend to win by just over 6% from Rodney Morris, and then Charlie Williams.
Sunset Bowl – Waukesha, WI
$7,100 Total Prize Fund
$1,850 Added Money
38 Teams and 63 Singles
The first annual ACS Wisconsin State 8-ball Tournament was held on November 5-8, 2009 at Flannagan’s and Sporties Bar inside Sunset Bowl, Waukesha, WI. There was a promising turnout for the inaugural event with 38 teams, 63 singles players, and a total of $7,100.00 in prize money.
Bob Yalen, Director of Sport & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun, congratulating the U.S.A team after giving them their Gold Medals. (from left to right) Bruce Barthelette, Andy Segal, Bob Yalen, Tom Rossman and Mike Massey.
2009 WORLD CUP OF TRICK SHOTS
The WORLD CUP OF TRICK SHOTS was held October 29 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Team U.S.A. claimed the title over Team Europe in the Fourth Annual international team competition in the sport of Trick Shots. The prize purse was $30,000 for the event, with $20,000 and Gold Medals to the winning team.
Captain Andy Segal led Team U.S.A. to victory and the Gold Medal. Other Team U.S.A. members who were awarded the Gold Medal were Tom Rossman, Mike Massey and Bruce Barthelette. Silver Medalists from Team Europe included Captain Stefano Pelinga, Nick Nickolaidis, Luke Szywala, and Ralph Eckert. Their team also won $10,000.
The 34th U.S. Open
Mika Immonen pulled off a stunning come from behind victory to win his second consecutive U.S. Open title. Following an 11-9 second round loss to Chris Bartram, Mika won fourteen matches in a row, concluding with a 13-10 victory over Ralf Souquet in the finals. Along the way he had to overcome some tough opposition and extremely difficult conditions.
This was an Open filled with adversity for all the players. Tough equipment in the form of Diamond Pro Tables, serious competition with 216 world class players hailing from twenty six countries, long matches and late nights with play extending past 3 AM several times. Plus long waits between matches with nothing to do and nowhere to go. It was a long way to Q-Master Billiards and the only practice tables around. At the tournament site, practice was limited to early mornings and a few scattered minutes between rounds.
2009 DR. CUE INTERNATIONAL TALENT SEARCH
I am proud to announce that I have been selected as one of eight audition finalists, which have the unique opportunity to win the first 2009 Cue-Dean-E worldwide talent search competition.
For the first time since I have invented this shot 4 months ago, I am releasing a picture of my MAGIC MOMENT WITH 16 BALLS. There are over 120 decks of cards, 16 cues, and a host of other props that will be on the table.
Photo (l to r): Sabra MacArthur-Beahn (2nd Place), Gary Gilsinan (Ultimate Billiards), Stephanie Mitchell (1st Place)
Fort Pierce, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2009) ““ Gas money was no problem on the ride home for Stephanie Mitchell and Sabra MacArthur-Beahn as the two took home the top prizes in the October 24th Flamingo Billiards Tour stop. The pair had road-tripped together across the state to Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, Fla., where Stephanie found herself in the driver’s seat by defeating Sabra 7-5 in the finals.
Player’s Meeting: Thursday, December 10th at 8:00pm
Entry Fee: $ 255.00 for “œA” Players (.800+ average)
$ 155.00 for “œB” Players and below.
This is an “œOpen” Tournament with no handicap.
The only difference is the entry fee based on player’s level. This is decided by the Tournament Director(s) and/or the USBA Secretary/Treasurer.
Estimated Prize Fund: $ 20,000.00
Estimated First Place Prize: $ 4,000.00
Estimated Number of Payouts: 16
Maximum number of players: 64
Prelims: 8 groups of 8 players each: round robin (25 point matches).
Top 8 USBA Ranked “œA” Players will be seeded into Prelim flights.
Top 2 from each flight advance to semi-finals = 16 players
Semi-Finals: 2 groups of 8 players each: round robin (30 point matches)
First Man Named for Team USA
of Famer Archer Gets 13th Mosconi Call Up
JOHNNY ARCHER, the 40 year-old veteran of 12 Mosconi Cups, gets his chance to help overturn a four year winless spell for America as he becomes the first player named for Team USA ahead of December’s PartyPoker.net Mosconi Cup at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce that seven (7) junior players will be representing the United States in the XVIII World Junior 9-Ball Championships, November 3-8, 2009, in Managua, Nicaragua.
The World Junior 9-Ball Championships will comprise over fifty (50) of the world’s best junior players from six (6) continents and over twenty (20) countries. The Billiard Congress of America (BCA), as the North America member of the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), is granted the invitations that make it possible for North American players to participate in this prestigious event.
The fourth annual “œACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships” has a new home and an increased added-money purse! To be conducted at the Riverside Resort & Casino, January 21-24, 2010, near Iowa City, IA, the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) event will feature singles 8-ball, 9-ball, scotch doubles, 4-person team and 2nd-chance divisions, and is opened this year ““ and this year only! ““ to any players who have played a minimum of four matches over a minimum of four weeks in one session of any pool league sanctioned by a credible National or State pool association since 6/1/09. Non-ACS league members pay an extra $25 ($10 if team) for entry into any division. Complete details, entry forms and flyers may be downloaded from the ACS website at www.americancuesports.org.
MONK DOES IT AGAIN ON FLAMINGO BILLIARDS TOUR
Monk vs. Caukin becoming familiar pairing
Stuart, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2009) ““ To quote the great Yogi Berra, it was dÃ©jÃ vu all over again as Michell Monk topped Helene Caukin to win the Flamingo Billiards Tour stop on October 3. Monk previously defeated Caukin in the finals of the inaugural tourney in August, and as fate would have it, the two drew each other in the first round of the October event.
The modified double-elimination tournament was held at Amy’s Billiards (www.amysbilliards.com) in Stuart, Fla. and was hosted by Amy Poulter, one of Florida’s top players and a familiar name on the money list.
At pool school, one of the first and most important analytical tools we use is the video camera. Each player shoots a standard sequence
of four shots, viewed from three different angles: from the front, from the back, and from the side. Often, players ask whether they can get a copy of their
video. We chuckle and explain that, after they’ve been through a day of bridge,grip, stance, alignment, and stroke training, and then see their “œbefore” video,
they will be offering to bribe us to record over it. Most of us have burned-in a lot of our fundamentals.
Video shows the truth. Regardless of how “œcorrect or natural” you may feel at the table, you
may be shocked at what you actually look like and what you actually are doing. You
may want to shoot yourself.