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First Man Named for Team USA

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23rd October
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 Mosconi Cup at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


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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.

ACS Announces $10,000 Added Midwest 8-Ball Championships

<br />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


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Monk vs. Caukin becoming familiar pairing

Stuart, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2009) ““ To quote the great Yogi Berra, it was déjà 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 ( in Stuart, Fla. and was hosted by Amy Poulter, one of Florida’s top players and a familiar name on the money list.

Shoot Yourself By Tom Simpson

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.


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Luc Salvas with Scott Sullens of Fusion Tables (left) and Ivan Lee of Simonis Coth

The 2009 ESPN ZONE BILLIARDS SHOOTOUT was held September 16 in Las Vegas. Luc Salvas defeated Dave Pearson for the INTERNATIONAL SPEED POOL CHALLENGE crown and the $25,000 purse. ESPN Zone Las Vegas was host to the event, which was taped for three 1-hour telecasts on ESPN November 15..
The Fourth Annual INTERNATIONAL SPEED POOL CHALLENGE drew an international lineup battling for the $25,000 winner-take-all prize. The action in Speed Pool is fast and furious (the speed of light compared to  9-ball) with two sets, twelve racks in each set, the first set Straight Pool and the second set 8-Ball. Players routinely run racks of fifteen balls in about 1-minute and the player with the lowest accumulated time for twelve racks wins the match.
Salvas of Canada and Pearson, a native of England, emerged from the pack as the top guns. In the Championship Match, Salvas overcame Pearson by scores of 7:37 / 7:43 minutes the first set and 8:31 / 10:41 minutes the second set to capture the title and $25,000. In the match, Salvas ran five perfect racks for a bonus of 50 seconds deducted from his overall time.  In semifinal action, Salvas zipped past Jason Kane  8:16 / 8:31 in the first set and 9:58 / 10:35 in the second set. The other semifinal saw Person zap Bobby McGarth, the 2008 Champion, in straight sets 7:38 / 8:10 and 8:40 / 9:32. Pearson, who holds several Speed Pool records in the Guinness Book of World Records, displayed excellent form to defeat McGarth, who also won the event in 2007. Even then, it went to the last rack of the second set to decide the match.

Cha’s the Champ in Galveston

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Korean phenom, Yu Ram Cha, certainly had her work cut out for her going into day 5 of the Women’s Pro 9-Ball Tournament at the Galveston World Classic, but would prove to be up for the challenge. Cha had suffered a loss in early rounds to Allison Fisher but would have her chance at revenge.

USBA Qualifier is now over and the winner is?

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Tournament Director Paul Frankel (Professor-Q-Ball)

September 13th
USBA Qualifier is a 3-day event. Player’s meeting started Friday morning at 9:30am and first rounds of play started right after meeting at 10:30. Format: Entry is $130 with a round robin format, race to 20 points in the prelims and 25 pts in the finals. There will be two flights of 6. Three from each flight advances to the 6 person finals on Sunday.

Krystofiak Takes Shooting Star Classic Men’s Open Title

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Joining the ranks of the new Shooting Star Classic champs is Brad Krystofiak of Cambridge, Minnesota. Krystofiak soared through the field of 128 players in the Men’s Open division without losing a match. In fact, the only to get more than two games on him was runner-up Cullen Newton, in the final match of the tournament. The modest Krystofiak did not want to comment on his stellar performance claiming, “œI got lucky a few times.”

Reyes and Bustamante win World Cup of Pool again

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Reyes and Bustamante win World Cup of Pool again

PHILIPPINES B have won the 2009 World Cup of Pool

The pairing of Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes defeated the German duo of Thorsten Hohmann and Ralf Souquet 11-9 in an incredible final full of twists, turns and drama.

Ortmann #1 : USA’s Deuel & Williams Surprise Top Seeds at Predator World 14.1 Championship

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photo courtesy Jerry Tarantola
Deuel will enter the next stage of the event as #2 seed, and the top seeded American

Parsippany, New Jersey- Oliver Ortmann’s dominance of Group 2 has been unparelled compared to the previous years of the Predator World 14.1 as he utterly blitzkreiged his opponents. Ortmann held all of his opponents to 10 points or less, with two matches where he ran perfect 100’s . Surprisingly is USA’s Corey Deuel and Charlie Williams who not only went undefeated in their groups, but edged out the Europeans to take the #2 and #3 spots in the stage 2 cut of the Predator 69th World 14.1 Championship presented by Ozone Billiards. The Dragon Promotions revived event is in its 4th consecutive year alive with help of industry giants such as Predator, Ozone Billiards, Brunswick Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Master Chalk, Aramith Balls, Accu-Stats and the Laser Rack. Comet Billiards will host this year’s event which will start play on August 24, 2009 and end August 29. The greatest straight pool players from around the world will arrive on USA’s east coast again to New Jersey, and attend this prestigious event to play for the coveted title of World Straight Pool Champion.

2009 USBA TOUR Dion Nelin From Denmark Wins the Carom Cafe International Open

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Preliminaries: 5 groups of 8 players each/round robin/25 points
Top 4 from each group advance to the semi-finals (20 players)
2 auction & 2 lottery winners = 24 players

Semi-Finals: 3 groups of 8 players each/round robin/30 points
Top 4 from each group advance to Finals (12 players)

Finals: 2 groups of 6 players each/round robin/40 points
Top 2 finishers from each group advance to the final matches: single elimination to 40 points to determine 1st through 4th place.

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