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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.

Tagged: Erik HjorleifsonJohn Morra

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.

18th August 2014

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WPBA Announces Host for 2015 Regional Tour Championships

The Women’s Professional Billiard Association (“WPBA”), through the Regional Tours Committee, is pleased to announce that Breakers Sky Lounge in Herndon, VA will host the 14th Annual WPBA Regional Tour Championships (“RTC”). The WPBA would like to thank Shanna Lewis, Billiards Operational Manager at Breakers Sky Lounge, for completing the RFP process and congratulate Breakers Sky Lounge for being selected to host the ultimate event in regional tour competition.

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The RTC will be held January 8th-11th, 2015 and consist of 64 players competing in a double, round robin/single elimination format. WPBA Regional Tour Players from across the U.S. and Canada, who qualify through one of (14) WPBA Regional Tours and are WPBA members in good standing, will be invited to participate. The winner of this prestigious event takes home the title “2015 WPBA Regional Tour Champion”, a portion of over $11,000* in prize money, and WPBA Exempt Player status which guarantees an invite to each 2015 WPBA Tour Event.

This will be the first combined, RTC on the east coast since 2008 and is sure to delight many local billiard enthusiasts. Spectators will enjoy watching the best amateur and semi-professional players the sport has to offer. The WPBA invites you to come and share in the thrill and excitement of the Regional Tour Championships. If you are unable to attend, please tune in to the live stream at www.wpba.com. For venue information please visit www.BreakersSkyLounge.com or call (703) 793-6233.
*based on full field

About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2014 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features the greatest women players from around the world. For more information about the WPBA, its top players, and sponsors, visit www.wpba.com.

18th August 2014

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Sky Woodward Wins Smoking Ace’s Bar Box Open

Photo Courtesy of poolactiontv.com Photo Courtesy of poolactiontv.com

For the second time in a row a young upstart player walked away with the 20k top prize from the Smoking Ace’s Bar Box Open. Last time it was Justin Bergman, this year it was 21 year old Sky Woodward who went through this star studded field undefeated.

Woodward might be young but he is definitely not an unknown. For American fans he has been been known for a few years already. For the rest of the world this year has been his coming out party, winning the banks ring game at Derby City. In the last month he has followed that up winning the Grand Masters event at the BCAPL and now this event.

Bar Box tournaments are the fad as of late because they are known as the great equalizer. Smaller tables and big pockets means missing for these guys is a rare occurrence. This game is all about offence so when experienced players like Rodney Morris, Johnny Archer and Corey Duel do not have the strategical advantage that they would usually have on a 9 footer. In fact in this tournament where Morris and Archer were some of the biggest names, they only won 1 set between the two of them.

Photo by John Morra Photo by John Morra

Yesterday there were only 4 remaining and the day started off with the A side final match between SVB and Woodward. The already seasoned, well beyond his years Woodward never looked the least bit intimidated going up against the number one American. This set was close with Woodward winning 21-18; the only real difference here was that SVB kicked the cue ball in for a scratch a few times off his break. It was the only edge that Woodward needed to dispatch SVB to the losers side final.

There he met up with Warren Kiamco who had been on fire after losing a match early in the tournament. He also survived a few sets in which his opponents had 6 game leads and more. Kiamco had just beat Corey Duel 21-5 in the other final four match, which saw Kiamco put together multiple packages, his highest being six racks in a row. The B side final was a closer affair as this set went 12-12 then 16-16, until SVB pulled away at the end to win and get another chance at Woodward.

This tournament was set up in a true double elimination format. This meant Van Boening had to win two races to 21 to claim the title. From the beginning SVB looked like he was determined to turn this final into a marathon, claiming an early lead. Woodward was losing the entire time however at 16-12 down, SVB had a break get away from him and it opened the door for Woodward who took full advantage. In a blink it was tied, then Woodward continued on breaking and running the final rack to win again 21-18 to close out a fantastic tournament. I would like to thank Ray Hansen for the great stream and making coverage of this event possible.

Payouts/ Calcutta

Sky Woodward- $20,000 + $14,500
Shane Van Boening- $7000 + $11,000
Warren Kiamco – $5000 + $7,400
Corey Duel- $2000 + $3,800

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18th August 2014

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2014 World Cup of Pool - Euro Qualifier starts tomorrow

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

THE EUROPEAN QUALIFYING event for the 2014 World Cup of Pool gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday) in Portoroz, Slovenia with a first round match-up against China awaiting the victors. There are eight two-man teams taking part with the winning team gaining a sport at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouthwhere the World Cup takes place from 23rd to 28th September.

With a $250,000 prize fund on offer, there will be everything to play for and the European qualifiers have got a superb record of upsetting the odds in recent years. Last year, Hungary KO’d China in the first round and then Russia to reach the quarter finals and in 2011 both Switzerland and Estonia turned the form book on its head when they beat China and England respectively in the first round in Manila.

The Teams

Macedonia (Zika Mihajlovski / Novo Serafimoski)

Czech Republic (Roman Hybler / Michal Gavenciak)

Belgium (Serge Das / Olivier Mortier)

Hungary (Balasz Miko / Gabor Solymosi)

Bosnia Herzegovina (Sanjin Pehlivanovic / Alen Muratovic)

Norway (Mats Schjetne / Ausun-Risan Heimsjo)

Estonia (Denis Grabe / Mark Mägi)

Slovenia (Matjaz Eculj / Miha Sinkovec)

All qualifying matches will be streamed live by Kozoom via their streaming platform. Please go towww.eurotouronline.eu or www.eurotouronline.com  and click on the logo ‘Qualifier World Cup of Pool’.

Commented a Matchroom Sport spokesman, “There is plenty of strength in depth in European pool and the performances of the qualifiers down the years is testament to that. “The winners will go into the main event as unknowns and will have nothing to lose and every chance of upsetting the odds!”

The World Cup of Pool will carry a $250,000 prize fund including $60,000 for the champions. The event will be produced by Matchroom Sport Television and televised live on Sky Sports and other stations around the world and then syndicated internationally as 31 x 1 hour programmes.

All tickets are priced at £5 (afternoons) and £10 evenings and are available from the venue orwww.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.

16th August 2014

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NAPA Ontario Durham Region West Fall Pool Leagues Update

NAPA Pool LeagueHere are 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 at905.903.6425 or rob.macarthur@napaleagues.com.

Monday Night Singles 8 Ball League at Petrinas

  • One Match Per Night
  • Minimum 8 Players – Maximum 16 players
  • 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

  • 4 Matches per night*
  • Maximum 6 per team*
  • Minimum 4 Teams – Maximum 8 Teams - 3 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 - One Team 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 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 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

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.

15th August 2014

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Our Leaders in the Industry of Cue Sports

When I looked up the definition of the word President in the dictionary, the following is what I found.

“an officer appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of persons.”

…and then I looked up the word preside and found the following.

“to occupy the place of authority or control”

leader

I always had the utmost respect for the word President and was under the impression that anyone who is a President, whether it is of a big country, or a small organization, is a responsible person, a leader, and someone who does things in an efficient manner.

In the last few years, I have communicated with many “Presidents” in the billiards industry. President of associations, clubs, media and a host of others categories.

My conclusion is that this term has been used pretty loosely and that perception is not always reality. This is not to say that some of them were not doing a good job, but some of them could not do basic things like respond to a phone call or email. I repeat, BASIC things. I scratch my head and wonder if this might be one of the reasons why our industry is really suffering, as opposed to some of the other reasons I have heard over the years about our game going down in popularity. Reasons like the Internet, Poker, etc.

I would like to stress what I have always maintained, it is the people that drive an industry to succeed, more than anything else. This is one of the reasons why some things are more popular than others. Surely, our industry can excel with all of its great qualities, better than some other things out there.

This memo is a message to all “Presidents” in our industry, and anyone else who is striving to do something to improve it. If you are not doing the basic things to earn this title, please step down or step up, but for the sake of our industry, do not stay in this current place of stagnation, it is not helping us.

If you are not a President and are reading this, and feel that someone out there is not doing things to improve our game, please let them know about it. If you have leadership skills and love one of the disciplines of cue sports, perhaps this can be your calling as well.

If anyone would like to discuss these issues further, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@snookercanada.com as our plans are to continue to expand into all cue sports disciplines and for many years to come.

14th August 2014

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Instructional #6: Understanding The Rolls

Erik InstructionalOne of the most frustrating things about playing pool, particularly 9 ball and 10 ball, is dealing with the luck factor that goes along with playing the game. It must be said that games like straight pool, 8 ball, one pocket and banks have considerably less luck than rotation based games. The main things that contribute to this factor are that both players are only attempting to pocket one ball, and the chances of inadvertently landing safe are much higher than in other games. 8 ball is the only other game that involves an open break, which also lends to the luck factor but in 8 ball you will almost always be guaranteed a shot off the break.

The following are some realities that can seem negative but are not always as uncontrollable as they seem, and if understood can contribute to an overall better positive mental attitude.

Dealing with coming to a table after your opponent has fluked a hook:

This is most often seen after your opponent has missed a ball and not left it in the open, or when returning to the table after your opponent kicks at a ball and leaves it back in a detrimental position. The fact about these instances, and something that I think about regularly is that at the time you are preparing to kick at the ball, your opponent only has a temporary advantage in the game. They do not yet have the offensive advantage. There is still an option for you to play a kick safe at the ball and there is still an option for you to get fortunate in return, thus shifting the temporary advantage back to you. In other words the mindset you have to have is that your opponent did not get lucky until the outcome of your shot has been determined.

The general concept of your opponents luck:

I challenge all of our readers to properly rationalize the cause of the times when your opponent explicitly gets a roll. Consider this, if you scratch on the break and your opponent misses a ball 5 shots later and flukes it, in fact your error allowed that luck to happen. If your opponent flukes a hook and you entirely miss the kick, then you have contributed to your opponents luck.

Luck on the break:

Remember that in 9 ball and 10 ball your percentages of receiving a shot will increase dramatically relative to how close the cue ball ends up to the middle of the table. Making a ball on the break is very related to how good the rack is and how the break is executed, so make sure you consider these things when breaking. At the highest level try to develop breaks where you are controlling the 1 ball to give yourself the best percentage of landing on it.

The easiest way to avoid luck in pool is to break and run a rack. If you are at the level where you can break and run racks, maintain a focus on this because this is the only way you can really guarantee a win in 8 ball, 9 ball and 10 ball. If you’re not a the level where you can consistently break and run racks, accept the fact that there will be an element of luck in your games and think about some of the strategies I have outlined to help you stay in an overall even state of mind.

Try your best to focus on your own game and creating your own luck instead of focusing on what your opponent is doing. This of course is all easier said than done as with most things in life, but I can tell you that when I am playing my best I don’t even consider the luck factor because I take responsibility for my errors and always give myself every chance of turning fortunate rolls back on to opponent . Thanks everybody, I hope this helps.

14th August 2014

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Joss Tour-Turning Stone Classic XXII 9-Ball Open-Sept 18-21, 2014

Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour
Turning Stone Classic XXII 9-Ball Open – September 18-21, 2014

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 www.turningstone.com

JossTourArena

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.

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.turning-stone.com
Simonis Cloth – http://www.simoniscloth.com
Aramith – http://www.aramith.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