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29th August 2014

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2014 Turning Stone Classic Player List

Mike Zuglan’s Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour and Turning Stone Casino Resort are proud to present our 2013-2014 Season Finale, The $25,000 Added Turning Stone Classic XXII 9-Ball Open. Turning Stone has once again generously invited us to compete in their beautiful and spacious Event Center which is one of the best arenas in the world. There is not a bad seat in the house and multiple matches can be viewed comfortably from everywhere. Spectator admission has always been free, and the intimate layout allows you to mingle with your favorite players and feel like you are a part of the action as well. Turning Stone Resort & Casino is a full service resort with everything needed for a relaxing, fun filled and enjoyable experience. Check them out at http://www.turningstone.com

For the 22nd time, there will be a FULL field of 128 players competing for the title. The field includes a wide range of talent from the best of the best to those striving to be the best! The complete current list (subject to change) is now available on our site www.joss9balltour.com . There you will also find our upcoming 2014-2015 season schedule, results and all other pertinent tour information. There is still time for interested Billiard Parlors to schedule an event by contacting me directly. Our Turning Stone Classic XXIII 9-Ball Open is scheduled for January 8-11, 2015. I will begin taking entries for that event at this event in September and not before. I urge you to enter this event early to avoid being shut out.

Once again at Turning Stone there will be a “second chance” tournament on Sunday Sept. 21 at 10AM. This is an event for those Non Pro level players (I will decide) eliminated from the main event. The event format will be as follows: $60 Entry Fee – 32 Player Max – same rules as main event – Single Elimination – Races to 4, best 2 of 3 sets, with the deciding set a single game sudden death. This means that if each player wins a race to 4, there will be a lag for the break and a 1 game playoff to determine the match winner. Entries will be taken for this tournament as players are eliminated from the main event and will be treated as first paid – first in until the event is full.

The equipment for this world class event will once again be 16 Diamond Pro tables covered with 860 Simonis (“The Cloth Of Champions”) tournament blue cloth. For the first time we will be using the new Aramith Tournament balls with Pro Cup cue balls. All items are for sale in tournament used condition, and only seriously interested parties are urged to contact Mike Zuglan immediately at 518-356-7163 for info and pricing.

Photo courtesy of Mitch Heydt Photo courtesy of Mitch Heydt

Once again, and for the 22nd time, fans coming to Turning Stone for our event will be treated to Free Admission, Free full size collectible posters (while supplies last & can be viewed now at www.joss9balltour.com ), $10 Free Plays to players and fans, and some of the best pool you will ever see. All of this is brought to you courtesy of Turning Stone Resort & Casino and the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour!

Included in the Event Center at Turning Stone is a full service snack bar serving all of our favorite foods and adult beverages. There will be billiard product vendors and on site cue repairs available for all your needs. There is still time and room for new vendors at a mere fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. Interested parties should contact me at 518-356-7163 immediately. We will also be raffling off 2 gorgeous, custom, engraved Joss Cues on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday immediately prior to the final match and you Do Not have to be present to win. These cues have a retail value of over $1,500 each and are generously provided by Danny Janes of Joss Cues Ltd. The cues can be viewed here:
http://www.josscues.com/html/cues/cus-04.html#logo

So why not come to Turning Stone Resort & Casino September 18-21 for a great experience and 4 full days of some of the best pool you will ever witness. If for some reason you are unable to make it, there will be a free live stream and live scoring expertly provided by Alan Leon, aka Upstate Al, www.azbilliards.com (Mike Howerton & Jerry Forsythe), The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour and Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Match times are as follows: Thursday at 4,6,8 & 10pm. Friday at 10am, noon, 2,4,6,8 & 10pm. Saturday at 10am, noon, 2,4,6,8 & 10pm. Sunday at 11am, 1,3,5 & the final match at 7pm. The second chance tournament on Sunday will begin at 10am and run continuously until completed.

Again, I would like to remind all of you how important it is to please frequent your local billiard parlors and promote and utilize the fine products of our most generous sponsors listed below. They are the backbone of our sport!

I hope to see all of you at Turning Stone

Mike Zuglan

The Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour is sponsored by:

Joss Cues – http://www.josscues.com
Turning Stone Casino – http://www.turningstone.com
Simonis Cloth – http://www.simoniscloth.com
Aramith – http://www.simoniscloth.com
Pool on the Net – http://www.poolonthenet.com
AzBilliards.com – http://www.azbilliards.com
Cue Shark – http://www.cueshark.com
Tiger Products – http://www.tigerproducts.com
OB Cues – http://www.obcues.com
The Billiard Press – http://www.billiardspress.com
Heidrich Custom Cues – http://heidrichcustomcues.com
World Class Cue Care – http://www.jnj-industries.com

Mike Zuglan’s Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
Turning Stone Classic XXII September 18th-21st, 2014 Player List
(Updated 8/28/14 – Subject to change)

1 James Adams
2 Borana Andoni
3 Richard Andrews
4 Mike Andrews
5 Tony Antone
6 Johnny Archer
7 Dave Ascolese
8 Karim Attia
9 John Babravich
10 Jennifer Barretta
11 Chris Bateman
12 Bill Biasin
13 Brent Boemmels
14 Greg Bombard
15 Nick Brucato
16 Brittany Bryant
17 Don Cameron
18 Ron Casanzio
19 Holden Chin
20 Eric Cloutier
21 Jarrod Clowery
22 Victor Conte
23 Nick Coppola
24 Karen Corr
25 Bill Cote
26 Mark Creamer
27 Jerry Crowe
28 Gary Cuda
29 Ed Culhane
30 Bob Cunningham
31 Redgie Cutler
32 Martin Daigle
33 Tom Dalfonso
34 Dave Daya
35 Mike Dechaine
36 Oscar Dominguez
37 Ernesto Dominguez
38 Emily Duddy
39 Joe Dupuis
40 Alan Duty
41 Mark Eisland
42 Paul Enslin
43 Dave Fernandez
44 Richer Franceour
45 Joe Gibbons
46 Marcel Gilbert
47 Tom Gildea
48 Fred Gokey
49 Jay Goyer
50 Rick Grannis
51 Aaron Greenwood
52 Julie Ha
53 Rob Hart
54 Dennis Hatch
55 Dan Heidrich
56 Dan Hewitt
57 Seth Hoffman
58 Thorsten Hohmann
59 Eric Hu
60 Mika Immonen
61 Jed Jecen
62 Kayla Jones
63 Kevin Ketz
64 Warren Kiamco
65 Dale Kimmett
66 Matt Krah
67 Randy Labonte
68 Rich Lang
69 Francois Leblanc
70 Michael Liberman
71 Brian Lipes
72 Gary Lloyd
73 Hunter Lombardo
74 Rick Matarazzo
75 Gregg Mcandrews
76 Tom Mcgonagle
77 Travis Mckinney
78 Ray Mcnamara
79 Jason Michas
80 Al Michaud
81 Roger Miller
82 Donnie Mills
83 John Morra
84 Rodney Morris
85 Scott Murphy
86 Dany Normandin
87 Caroline Pao
88 Mario Paradis
89 Alain Parent
90 Paul Pensgen
91 Frank Peters
92 Tom Peterson
93 Ivaylo Petrov
94 Russ Philp
95 Paul Picard
96 Jesse Piercey
97 Cleiton Rocha
98 Jerome Rockwell
99 Jim Romanowski
100 Robb Saez
101 Travis Salvetti
102 Ed San Soucie
103 Ed Saur
104 Huidji See
105 Jayson Shaw
106 Dave Shlemperis
107 Brandon Shuff
108 Scott Simonetti
109 Joe Sinicropi
110 Damon Sobers
111 George Sokolowski
112 Jeremy Sossei
113 Pete Stever
114 Steve Stotler
115 Michael Stranko
116 Earl Strickland
117 Anthony Tennant
118 Mike Toohig
119 Jim Udischas
120 Shane Van Boening
121 Mhet Vergara
122 John Vitale
123 Randy Whitehead
124 Shaun Wilkie
125 Steven Winter
126 Esbon Worden
127 Mike Yednak
128 Thomas Zippler

Tagged: Aaron GreenwoodAl MichaudAlain ParentAlan DutyAnthony TennantBill BiasinBill CoteBob CunninghamBorana AndoniBrandon ShuffBrent BoemmelsBrian LipesBrittany BryantCaroline PaoChris BatemanCleiton RochaDale KimmettDamon SobersDan HeidrichDan HewittDany NormandinDave AscoleseDave DayaDave FernandezDave ShlemperisDennis HatchDon CameronDonnie MillsEarl StricklandEd Culhane

29th August 2014

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Kraber in Command on Gulf Coast Tour

Jennifer Kraber went undefeated the first several rounds of this past weekend’s Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour 9-ball event held at Skinny Bob’s Billiards on Sunday, August 24th, 2014. The hot seat match revealed an unexpected surprise with newcomer Jennifer Yo appearing from virtually nowhere to defeat Kraber, 6-2. It was a long haul for both players, as Kraber defeated Michelle Yim, 6-4, Robyn Petrosino, 6-0, and Kim Pierce, 6-2. Yo was a complete mystery to everyone except her traveling companion, Laura Coplin, who convinced Yo to compete in her first-ever, WPBA Regional Tour competition. Not a bad showing for the APA player who defeated D’Andrea McQuirter, 6-5, April Flores, 6-2, and veteran player Teresa Garland, 6-5. On the one loss side, after suffering a first round loss to Nicole McDaniel, 6-3, Tam Trinh made her way to 5th-6th position with wins over Diana Cardona, 5-4, Gail Roles, 5-1, and Petrosino, 5-2.

Jennifer Kraber & Jennifer Yo Jennifer Kraber & Jennifer Yo

Last year’s tour champion, Gail Eaton, took an early hit from Pierce, but made her way through the one-loss side defeating newcomer Michaela Parmer, 5-0, McDaniel, 5-2, and Yim, 5-0. Garland and Pierce lost their bids for the hot seat, suffering losses from Kraber and Yo, 6-2, 6-5, respectively. West side action saw Garland take out Trinh, and Pierce overcome Eaton, a second time. Pierce fell to Garland, 5-3, and Garland in turn to Kraber, 5-2, earning the popular local a rematch with Yo. During the first set, Yo had an opportunity to put Kraber away, but scratched on an unassuming, corner pocket cut on the 9-ball. Yo was defeated the first set, 6-5, but far from finished. In overtime, Yo jumped ahead 3-1, while Kraber answered back with 3 games of her own. It was 4-3, Kraber’s way, when Yo scratched on a second 9-ball, surrendering the game and the set, 5-3.

The Gulf Coast Tour would like to welcome all of its new, 2014 members; Jennifer Kraber, Jennifer Yo, Nicole McDaniel, Michaela Parmer, April Flores, Tam Trinh, Robyn Petrosino, and Emma Davis. Special thanks to John and Sue Cielo, owners of Skinny Bob’s Billiards, and their remarkable staff, for hosting another first-rate event. The Gulf Coast Tour is proudly sponsored by Delta-13 Rack and the APA of North Harris County. The next event is the tour finale, October 4th, 2014, at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar, Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/gulfcoasttour.

1st Jennifer Kraber $235
2nd Jennifer Ko $140
3rd Teresa Garland $90
4th Kim Pierce $45

28th August 2014

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Big Red Instructional: Bar Box 8 Ball Strategy

Good day everybody, hope you are all doing well. This weekend I was in Ottawa for an 8 man bar table event. Although I haven’t played much in the last 10 years, as most of the events in the Toronto are nine foot 9 ball events, I do have a fair bit of experience playing bar table 8 ball in Western Canada and the Northern Midwest dating back to when I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For this week’s article I thought I would write about some of my views and strategies of playing 8 ball on the small tables.

As with many pool games the most important shot is the break. In 8 ball the break is particularly important because if you pocket a ball, you will have the choice of any of the remaining balls on the table to begin your run with. Where as in 9 ball or 10 ball you only have one ball to shoot after the break.

When I was younger I played a lot of competitive 8 ball with players like Shane Van Boening, Jesse Bowman, James Baraks, Chad Vilmont, Rory Hendrickson among many other good players from Western Canada and Minnesota. At that time I can tell you that at least half of the top players were using the second ball break. Personally I have been more attracted to the head ball break, but have won tournaments with both.

In any break you are looking to execute one that will pocket the same balls consistently. For the second ball break you are looking to pocket the balls in the very corner positions of the rack directly, in either of the bottom corner pockets. If you are not pocketing these balls consistently I would tend to move away from this break. It can be a very effective break but in general your chances of fluking a ball other than the two corners balls is lower than when breaking from the middle of the table.

In preparation for the tournament this weekend in Ottawa I practiced breaking from the middle and also a little bit on the second ball and found I had more success from the middle. I was talking to a knowledgeable friend of mine who had recently been in Vegas for the B.C.A.P.L and he tried to convince me that the top players were breaking second ball. I was skeptical so I went online and searched the 2014 U.S bar table 8 ball championships to see where the best players were breaking from. After watching Skyler Woodward, Shane Van Boening , Thorsten Hohmann and Jayson Shaw all breaking head ball from the middle of the table, I figured that was enough evidence for me and decided to go with and stay with the head ball break this weekend.

The one thing I did notice that was different was the way that they were breaking from the back rail instead of breaking closed bridge from the head-string. I’ve seen some good players do this lately playing bar table 10 ball, but this was the first time I saw it playing bar table 8 ball. My feeling is that they are doing this because they were playing on a diamond table using the magic rack and felt like the balls behind the one were wired straight back in the side. It is easier to execute a break from the back rail than a break with a closed bridge from the bed of the table but I feel like you can’t hit the balls as hard from the back rail. Under the the conditions at the U.S. bar table championships the top players chose to use a more controlled break rather than hitting the break harder and relying on fluking a ball.

This weekend in Ottawa the conditions were valley tables and the format was rack your own. Every player in the 8 man invitational tournament chose to break head ball. John Morra chose to break from the back rail and I chose to break with a closed bridge from the head string. I would say the main difference in my two victories against John this weekend was that I made more balls on the break. I definitely understand the merit of breaking from the back rail under certain conditions but it is still my belief that on a valley table or even a diamond table without a magic rack, breaking for power rather than control is more beneficial.

Some other quick points in 8 ball:

-Take your break outs as early as possible

-Move the cue ball as little as possible

-Identify balls that will be tough to play position for and react accordingly

I will cover these points in more depth in future articles, thank you every body and stay tuned as we are looking forward to the launch of our website platform cuesportnation.com in the very near future.

Tagged: Erik Hjorleifson

27th August 2014

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“All in the Family” on the Lone Star Tour

It was “all in the family” this past weekend, August 23rd-24th, 2014 at the Lone Star Billiards Tour event held at Skinny Bob’s Billiards in Round Rock, Texas. James Davis, Jr. “Bastrop, Jr.” and James Davis, Sr. “Bastrop, Sr.” captured first and second, respectively, in the open 9-ball division while Frank Ferrer, Jr. captured the amateur 9-ball division, upgrading his status to “open” division player. The tour would like to thank Skinny Bob’s owners John and Sue Cielo for hosting another first-rate event, their 5th year as Lone Star Tour hosts. The Tour is proudly sponsored by Poison by Predator Cues, Delta-13 Rack, Ozone Billiards, ImproveYourShot.com, and APA of North Harris County.

LonestarTour (2) James Davis, Sr., James Davis, Jr. and Emma Davis

LonestarTour (1) Chad Hensen, Frank Ferrer, Jr.

First round action started Saturday at 3pm. James Davis, Jr. steadily worked his way through the winners’ side with wins over Jason Bagby, 7-4, Rudy Esteves, 7-5, David Henson, 7-6, and Manny Chau, 7-5. Another local favorite, Brian Sanders, made his stand as well, defeating Cesar Garcia, 7-5, Chuck Adams, 7-4, James Davis, Sr., 7-3, and finally Blaine Barcus to reach Bastrop, Jr. for the hot seat. New to the tour, Dallas player Roman Bayda suffered a second round loss to Barcus, 7-1, but made his way through the one-loss to finish in the money. Junior Jueco, Bagby, and Chris Smith also finished 9th-12th. John Eagle lost his bid for the final four winners’ side to Barcus, 7-3, and was subsequently eliminated by James Davis, Sr., 6-4. Frank Ferrer, Jr., suffered a loss in the same round to Chau, 7-5, and was eliminated by Henson, 6-4. These turn of events staged an all-too familiar shoot-out with veteran champions, Henson and Davis, Sr., playing for third place. On the east side, Davis, Jr. squeezed by Sanders to secure the hot seat, 6-5. Davis, Sr. squeezed by Henson and Sanders by the same score, 6-5. Father and son decided not to play the final match and instead split the winnings. It was agreed that Junior retain the title, perhaps a belated wedding gift after tying the knot with Emma Davis (formerly Stewart) at BCA Nationals this past July. They are expecting their first child, a boy, later this year.

In the amateur division, Frank Ferrer, Jr. faced off with Cesar Garcia for the hot seat. Ferrer’s victims included Aaron Isbell, 6-2, Cielo Velasquez, 6-0, Chris Salinas, 6-2, and John Eagle, 6-1. Garcia ousted David Escobedo, 6-4, Roger Senn, 6-4, Jason Bagby and Chad Hensen, 6-5. James Dugger suffered a first round loss and won 6 consecutive matches while Bagby made his way into the final four on the losers’ side as well. Dugger fell to Jacob Warriner, 5-4, while Bagby advanced over Rudy Sanchez. It was Hensen over Warriner and Bagby over Eagle. Hensen eliminated Bagby, 5-3, while Ferrer dominated Garcia for the hot seat. Hensen took down Garcia, but fell to Ferrer in the first set of the finals.

LonestarTour (3) Skinny Bob’s owner John Cielo, Kim White-Newsome

Congratulations to all the Poison VX Cue raffle winners; Jimmy Krone, Jerry Riley, James Smiser, and Chris James.

The Lone Star Finale is October 4th-5th at Bogies Billiards & Games, Houston, Texas. The ladies’ Gulf Coast Tour Finale will be on Saturday, October 4th, at the same venue. For more information, visit www.LoneStarBilliardsTour.com.

Open Payouts
1st James Davis, Jr. $460/$1,050
2nd James Davis, Sr. $285/$795
3rd Brian Sanders $210/$490
4th David Henson $140/$210
5th-6th Manny Chau, Blaine Barcus $70/$100
7th-8th John Eagle, Frank Ferrer, Jr. $50 ea.
9th-12th Junior Jueco, Jason Bagby, Roman Bayda, Chris Smith $30 ea.

Amateur Payouts
1st Frank Ferrer, Jr. $460/$500
2nd Chad Hensen $325/$380
3rd Cesar Garcia $230/$260
4th Jason Bagby $150/$130
5th-6th John Eagle, Jacob Warriner $75 ea.
7th-8th Rudy Sanchez, James Dugger $50 ea.
9th-12th David Escobedo, Chris Smith, James Smiser, Chris Salinas $30 ea.

Tagged: Frank FerrerJames DavisManny Chau

27th August 2014

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World Cup of Pool - Strickland – We’ll win World Cup

2014 World Cup of Pool   Euro Qualifier set for Slovenia 2014 World Cup of Pool

Strickland – We’ll slay England and win World Cup

EARL STRICKLAND HAS promised he and partner Shane Van Boening will win the World Cup of Pool for USA and has warned England A they’ll be at the top of his hit list.

Strickland last played in the World Cup of Pool in 2006, also his last competitive appearance in the UK. On that occasion ‘The Pearl’ and his partner Rodney Morris made it to the final where they were defeated by Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante as Philippines lifted the trophy.

However, Strickland will venture back across the pond this September to represent USA in the World Cup of Pool in Portsmouth, and has warned the other 31 teams that America will be going one better than they did last time he played.

“It’s great to be back playing in the World Cup of Pool representing USA and great to be teamed up with partner Shane Van Boening,” said Strickland.
“My last appearance was in 2006 when I was teamed up with Rodney Morris and we reached the finals of the inaugural World Cup.  This time with myself and Van Boening we look forward to winning the Cup for USA.”
England A’s Karl Boyes has already warned he would relish the opportunity to keep Earl ‘The Pearl’ Strickland quiet having defeated the veteran in a hotly-contested battle at last year’s Mosconi Cup in Las Vegas.
‘The Pearl’ says he has read Boyes’ comments and now seems even more motivated to get one over on England A.
“I saw Karl Boyes’ comments calling me out and I only have this to say; Victim Number One,” commented Strickland.
Now in its ninth year, the World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are the Philippines who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.
The field will be packed with some of the biggest names in world pool including Boyes and Darren Appleton (England A) Chris Melling and Daryl Peach (England B), as well as the likes of World Champions Niels Feijen, Mika Immonen, Thorsten Hohmann and Alex Pagulayan.
The event starts on Tuesday 23rd September and there are two sessions daily at 12 noon and 6.00pm during weekdays and then 1.00pm and 6.00pm at the weekend. Team USA get their campaign underway on Wednesday 24th September.


All tickets are priced at £5 (afternoons) and £10 evenings and are available from the venue or www.seetickets.com


Diamond Billiards are the Official Table of the 2014 World Cup of Pool; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith. Predator is the Official Cue of the event.


Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com


Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Cup of Pool is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Pool Masters and the Mosconi Cup.

Tagged: Earl Strickland

25th August 2014

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Erik Hjorleifson Wins Tailgator’s Summer Shootout

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Pool players and spectators were treated to two great events this weekend at Tailgators in Ottawa. The main attraction was the $1600 added 8 player Pro Division, and there was a 59 player handicapped as well. The game in both divisions was Bar Box 8 ball, played on Valley tables.

Friday night at 7 pm was the start of each event. First round in the Pro Division saw Erik Hjorleifson vs Norm Pomanville as well as John Morra Against Jody Roy. Hjorleifson came out of the gate strong earning a 3-0 lead, when a scratch on his break allowed Pomanville back into the set. After it was 3-3, these two traded games right to the end. It was a dry break from Pomanville that allowed Hjorleifson a chance to runout which he did to win the set.

On the adjacent table top amateur Jody Roy, who decided to step up to the Pro Division, had people talking. This was because he had the #1 player in Canada stuck 5-2 in a race to 8. However Morra picked up his level of play and Roy made a few mistakes leading to an 8-5 win for Morra. The rest of the tournament went as many predicted, with Morra and Hjorleifson meeting in the winners side final.JohnBarBox

In this match the difference was the break, as it is so often the difference at this level. Hjorleifson had a thunderous break working for him making multiple balls each time and often running out. On the other hand Morra suffered a few dry breaks early on which his opponent ran out. This match ended 8-5 sending Morra to the losers side final. Here he met Danny Nguyen, the lone representative from Quebec. I believe this was his first 8 ball bar box tournament and he did not disappoint as he only lost to Morra and Hjorleifson finishing 3rd.

In the final, Morra needed to beat Hjorleifson twice as this was a true double elimination tournament. In the beginning it looked like the spectators were going to be treated to two sets as Morra took an early lead. However Hjorleifson rallied back and in a blink he won 8-7, taking home the $2500 first prize.

When I left the event, Audrey O was awaiting the winner of the B side final in the amateur event. I will update as soon as I get the final results.

This was a great weekend for pool fans all around, Tailgators plans to host a 128 player event in November. Also rumors have begun that in the near future they are hoping to host a $1,000 entry 16 max Pro Event.

Pro Division Pay Outs

1. Erik Hjorleifson $2500
2. John Morra $1000
3. Dany Nguyen $500

Tagged: Dany NguyenErik HjorleifsonJohn Morra

24th August 2014

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NAPA Ontario Durham Region West Fall Pool Leagues Update

Here is an update on the current list of NAPA Ontario Durham Region West Pool Leagues and their status.  All spaces are in all leagues are limited and require a minimum amount of players and teams to start.  To preregister for any league, please contact Rob MacArthur at 905.903.6425 or rob.macarthur@napaleagues.com.  Be sure to read the special announcement for the Thursday Night 8 Ball at Petrina’s League!NAPA Pool League

Monday Night Singles 8 Ball League at Petrinas

  • One Match Per Night
  • Minimum 8 Players – Maximum 16 players  – 7 interested – no deposits
  • No Skill Limit
  • Races based on Handicap
  • $10 per night Session Fee(70% back in Cash and Prizes), $10 per night Green Fee(100% back in Cash and Prizes) – All session fees paid in advance
  • Over $4,000 in Cash and Prizes to be Paid Out*
  • League Starts Monday, September 8, 2014
  • 15 Weeks Regular Session Play*
  • No blackouts – make up or preplayed matches can be done between league nights
  • 3 Weeks of Playoffs*
  • Two Tier Playoffs – All Players make Playoffs
  • Top 4 Players in regular session qualify for NAPA Nationals*
  • Top Finishing Non-pro player will have their membership, tournament entry, hotel and flight for 2015 BCA Championships Paid for by Petrinas
  • $100 Deposit Needed to Hold Spot

* = May change due to number of players

Wednesday Night 9 Ball or Laggers Choice League at Petrinas

  • 4 Matches per night*
  • Maximum 6 per team*
  • Minimum 4 Teams – Maximum 8 Teams
  • Skill Limit League
  • $420 Session Fee per Team(60% of Session Fee back in cash and prizes – 10% to Mega Tourney) – All Session Fees due in advance
  • Over $2,000 in Cash and Prizes to be Paid Out*
  • League Starts Wednesday, September 3
  • No Blackouts
  • 14 Weeks of Regular Session*
  • 3 Weeks of Playoffs
  • All Teams Make Playoffs
  • 1st Place in Regular Session receives session fees back as well as NAPA National Qualification
  • Can be Performance League – see below

* - May change due to number of players and teams

Thursday Night at Petrinas 8 Ball League
- in addition to their 10% weekly spending rebate, Petrina’s is offering a $180 session rebate to all teams that play in the Thursday Night 8 Ball League.  To lock your teams spot, a $100 deposit is needed.  Individuals that want to join a team should talk to Rob who will find them a team based on openings.

  • 4 Matches per night*
  • Maximum 6 per team*
  • Minimum 4 Teams – Maximum 10 Teams - Teams Already Confirmed
  • Skill Limit League
  • $420 Session Fee per Team(60% of Session Fee back in cash and prizes – 10% to Mega Tourney), plus $180 Green Fee(All green fees donate back in prizing) – Total Cost of Session per Team: $600.00 – All Session Fees due in advance
  • Over $3,400 in Cash and Prizes to be Paid Out*
  • League Starts Thursday, September 4
  • Regular Session Ends Thursday, December 4*
  • No Blackouts
  • 14 Weeks of Regular Session*
  • 3 Weeks of Playoffs
  • All Teams Make Playoffs
  • 1st Place in Regular Session receives session fees and green fees back as well as NAPA National Qualification

* - May change due to number of players and teams

Thursday Night at The Edge 8 Ball League

  • 4 Matches per night*
  • Maximum 6 per team*
  • Minimum 4 Teams – Maximum 8 Teams - Two Teams Confirmed
  • Skill Limit League
  • $420 Session Fee per Team(60% of Session Fee back in cash and prizes – 10% Mega Tourney Fund)
  • Over $2,000 in Cash and Prizes to be Paid Out*
  • League Starts Thursday, September 4
  • No Blackouts
  • 14 Weeks of Regular Session*
  • 3 Weeks of Playoffs
  • All Teams Make Playoffs
  • 1st Place in Regular Session receives session fees back as well as NAPA National Qualification

* - May change due to number of teams

Thursday Night at Grizzly’s 8 Ball League

  • 4 Matches per night*
  • Maximum 6 per team*
  • Maximum 8 Teams
  • Skill Limit League
  • $420 Session Fee per Team(60% of Session Fee back in cash and prizes – 10% to Mega Tourney),
  • Over $2,000 in Cash and Prizes to be Paid Out*
  • League Starts Thursday, September 4
  • No Blackouts
  • 14 Weeks of Regular Session*
  • 3 Weeks of Playoffs
  • All Teams Make Playoffs
  • 1st Place in Regular Session receives session fees and green fees back as well as NAPA National Qualification
  • Can be a Performance League

* - May change due to number of players and teams

Friday Night 9 Ball League at Grizzly’s

  • 4 Matches per night*
  • Maximum 6 per team*
  • Minimum 4 Teams – Maximum 8 Teams
  • Skill Limit League
  • $420 Session Fee per Team(60% of Session Fee back in cash and prizes – 10% to Mega Tourney) – All Session Fees due in advance
  • Over $2,000 in Cash and Prizes to be Paid Out*
  • League Starts Friday, September 5
  • No Holidays or Long Weekends
  • 14 Weeks of Regular Session*
  • 3 Weeks of Playoffs
  • All Teams Make Playoffs
  • 1st Place in Regular Session receives session fees back as well as NAPA National Qualification
  • Can be Performance League – see below

* - May change due to number of players and teams

Grizzly’s in Pickering is also looking for Saturday and Sunday Leagues.  These could be in the afternoon or evening.  Afternoon Leagues could also be Family Leagues.

We can start a league at any time as long as we have at least 8 Singles Players, 4 Scotch Doubles Teams or 4 Teams of 3 Players!

NAPA Ontario is always looking to start NAPA Pool Leagues across Ontario.  We have mixed, male, female, family, single, scotch doubles, teams, skill limit, no skill limit, coaching, no coaching league in 8 Ball, 9 Ball, 10 Ball and Lagger’s Choice format.  If you would like to work with us to start a league in your area, contact us today!

Performance League

Although we do not currently have any leagues that will be a Performance League yet, many believe they will start to appear.  A Performance League is a league where part of the league prize money is paid out based on individual player performance.  This has several benefits, the biggest being the total elimnation of the advantage of sandbagging.  Below is a sample of how at 8 Team League would go.  Ths type of league can be used for any league that NAPA supports.  A Performance League can be started at anytime with the same guidelines and restrictions of all other NAPA Leagues.

8 Teams – 6 Players per Team Maximum - 4 Matches per Night
16 week Session

$40 per week per team
No Playoffs
Over $3,000 in Cash and Prizes to be Paid, plus, 10% to the Mega Tourney Fund
First Place Gets Nationals Qualification

$5 for every match won
$5 for every Break and Run
$5 for every ball off the break
$5 for every rackless match

First Place – $500 Minimum
second place – $250 Minimum
third place – $125 Minimum
Fourth place – $125 Minimum

Top Male Point Getter – $100
Top Female Point Getter – $100

If you have any questions on anything in the update, please contact Rob MacArthur at 905.903.6425.

20th August 2014

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Snooker Season Around The Corner

You can always tell when the snooker season is around the corner. All of a sudden, it gets a little chilly at night, they start talking about hockey more in the media, and the phone starts to ring more as people start gearing up for the new season.

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Below are a few new exciting things that will happen this year in Canada.

A tournament commemorating Ted Wormworth will take place in British Columbia. For those of you that are not familiar with the name, Ted was very instrumental in the development of snooker in BC for decades right up until his tragic death last year..

A new festival will take place in Ontario with the Inaugural Toronto Int’l Snooker Festival. A buzz is already starting to happen with many inquiries about things. Of course, this will include the Richler Cup in it’s second year, the largest tournament in Canada. A venue is currently being scouted for this exciting event.

A new coaching program will be introduced for any player to improve at any level. More details will follow shortly.

A new program will also be introduced to keep up with the demand for more snooker tables in Canada. For the first time in many years, snooker is starting to increase in popularity. As such, a new program for any one interested in opening a club will be launched.

Finally, a few publicity contests will be launched where all kinds of exciting prizes will be available for everyone to win, regardless of their caliber of play.

20th August 2014

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Tailgators Summer Shootout this Weekend

Summer 8-ball Shootout
The Tailgators Summer Shootout is only a few short days away and promises to be a very entertaining event. There will be two division, one being a 64 player max amateur and a talent packed 8 player max pro division. With top Canadian players like John Morra and Erik Hjorleifson attending this $300 entry and $1600 added event. Tailgators is located in the Merivale Mall in Ottawa and will be the place to be for pool fans this weekend.

Both tournaments begin at 7:00PM this Friday; the pro event will only play one round on this night. This means that all spectators who cannot make it the first night have nothing to fear as no one will be eliminated until Saturday. According to the last update from Curtis Houlden, the promoter of this event there are 7 out of the 8 spots filled. This spot is reserved in the hopes one of the local bar box legends, which Ottawa boasts a few, will step up to represent the area.

My hometown of Cornwall, Ontario will be represented in this event by Jody Roy. He is a high ranked amateur player and one of the top action players in the area. Last fall in a similar event held at Tailgators, he actually knocked Hjorleifson to the losers side early on. For Roy this is far from a donation and should be a lot of fun for Cornwall supporters to sweat his matches.

The amateur event has changed slightly since I posted the original announcement. As you can see above, according to the poster the handicaps were only from 5-7. Houlden has changed this as he has noticed a need to include spots for lower caliber players. Thus there are two new handicaps for beginners and intermediate players which will be 3 and 4. For this handicap you are given a number and that is the amount of games needed to win. In this event the last update from Houlden which came on Monday, 50 spots are already taken in the 64 player max field. To find out if there are anymore places available please call Curtis Houlden at (613)852-6550.

Cue Sport Nation Brand Launch (C.S.N)/Team London Fundraiser

For people who are familiar with this blog you already know that Erik Hjorleifson and myself have formed a business partnership. We have decided to start a billiards media company which we are calling Cue Sport Nation. Our goal is to promote all cue sports and while doing so talk about the game beyond generic tournament updates. As well as to discuss in detail the current state of the game and what needs to be done to improve it. Our brand is that we are about the players, professional and amateur. Because to us without the competitive players pushing this game forward, pool will always be looked upon as nothing but a parlor game.

Hjoleifson & Morra at this years World Championships Hjoleifson & Morra at this years World Championships

There are organizations and promoters who are stagnant to the extent that it is detrimental to the progression of cue sports. On our website, along with all the standard billiard news, will be a platform to hold these organizations and promoters accountable. In order for there to be significant change, which the industry needs, barriers have to be broken down and discussions need to be begin.

The owners of Tailgators have been gracious enough to reserve us a section where we will set up a booth so we can promote ourselves. At this booth we will have some “Hustlin Clothing” t-shirts for sale as well as our own Cue Sport Nation merchandise. Along with promoting our brand we will also be fundraising for Team London. This will be for the group of junior players who have all earned spots at the upcoming World Junior Championships in China. Steve Gelinas from the Winning Stroke has donated a Delta Rack to be raffled off and we will be adding our own merchandise as well. ALL proceeds from this raffle will go to Team London.

For more details about our upcoming website or if you are interested in donating something to raffle off for Team London. I can be contacted through Facebook or by email at markus.noe@live.com.

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19th August 2014

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Boyes – I’ll Shut Strickland Up Again

England star will relish the opportunity to encounter Earl 'The Pearl' England star will relish the opportunity to encounter Earl ‘The Pearl’

Karl Boyes will relish the opportunity to keep Earl ‘The Pearl’ Strickland quiet should his England team come up against USA in the World Cup of Pool at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, September 23-28.

Boyes partners Darren Appleton in the England ‘A’ team while Strickland will pair up with his 2013 Mosconi Cup team-mate Shane Van Boening.

Boyes defeated Strickland 6-4 in a singles match at last year’s Mosconi Cup to put Team Europe on the hill for what became a famous 11-2 victory in Las Vegas, and the Blackpool man would love an opportunity to come up against ‘The Pearl’ once again in Portsmouth.

“I am thrilled to be playing in this year’s World Cup of Pool, again with my partner Darren Appleton,” he said. “We are the best two UK players so it’s only right we make the A team once again.

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“The World Cup Of Pool, along with the Mosconi Cup, are the best two tournaments we have as pool players so everybody wants to do well in the event. We have a tough first round match against Spain but hopefully our experience in doubles play will stand us in good shape. The training has already started for this year’s World Cup Of Pool.

“On a personal note anytime I have the chance to shut Earl Strickland up you have to grasp it with both hands.

“Our main rivals are USA because of the Mosconi Cup. It’s very intense when we do battle, and even in singles play throughout the season you can sense the tension.”

Now in its ninth year, the World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are the Philippines who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.

The field will be packed with some of the biggest names in world pool including Chris Melling and Daryl Peach (England B), as well as the likes of World Champions Niels Feijen, Mika Immonen, Thorsten Hohmann and Alex Pagulayan.

The event starts on Tuesday 23rd September and there are two sessions daily at 12 noon and 6.00pm during weekdays and then 1.00pm and 6.00pm at the weekend.

Tickets are priced at £5 for afternoon sessions, £10 for evening sessions with the all-session season ticket priced at £60. Commission is included although a transaction fee will apply.