Magic Rack Debate Overshadows U.S Open Bar Table Championships
The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino located in Reno, Nevada was the scene of this past weeks U.S Open Bar Table Championships. This has been one of my favorite events to watch since I became a fan of pool because you get to watch world beaters play local unknowns and bar table hustlers from around North America and get to enjoy the occasional upset. Every year that I watch this event and any other event that uses the “Magic Rack” a great debate takes place and this week was no exception.
Pool is one of the oldest games on the planet, and because of this its filled with purists and any kind of change is usually met with negative reaction at first. The Magic Rack is a flimsy piece of plastic with strategically made holes in it to place the balls on and when squeezed together the balls fall inwards and form a perfect rack. At first glance this seems like the greatest invention in pool in decades. The one thing that players of all levels argue about or have trouble doing properly is racking. Never again in tournament play or a money match while using the Magic Rack will a loose rack or a “shack rack” be a cause for concern, a good thing right?
That is until I have seen it mastered by the professionals. At an intermediate level I use it and I love it as do many of my peers. But after watching racking guru’s such as Corey Duel pattern rack and soft break his way deep through the 8,9, and 10 ball fields I find myself conflicted. At this level with these types of players a perfect rack while racking your own in the order you choose results in a break and run contest. Which sounds exciting but really is not.When a player goes up to the table hits the balls no harder then a common stop shot and 3 balls go in nearly every time leaving a wide open table at the mercy of a world class shooter it is hardly entertaining . As a fan I actually find this a tad boring and I have trouble appreciating the skill behind it. Safety battles are brought down to a minimum because there is hardly ever any clusters, especially in the rotation games. That means not a lot of kicking or jumping or really any kind of strategy at all besides racking the same way every time and hitting the rack at the same speed and running out the cosmos.
(Check out this video that was posted on Darren Appleton’s Facebook Page of the Duel Break)
No other pro outlined their frustration with the Magic Rack louder then touring professional from England Lee Brett. He is or was the referee for the upstart Bonus Ball league and I had the pleasure of meeting him in Gatineau Quebec a few summers ago at a tournament. He posted on his Facebook page after a loss that soft breaking and pattern racking is not pool and this started an in depth discussing involving sponsors, directors, amateurs and other pros. For whatever reason Lee’s comments were met with harsh criticism from the people at CSI (Cue Sports International) he was accused of sharking when he complained about the rules and he was threatened to be banned from the event and told not to play if he didn’t like the rules they had in place. Not really the kind of things one likes to hear from any promoters while bringing forth a legitimate issue however in all fairness I was not present to see Lee’s behavior for myself. However being in his presence over a long weekend and seeing how he handles himself I find him to be a very passionate player and maybe he lets that get the best of him at times. On the same note I don’t feel he or any other pro should be dealt with in such a manner when bringing an issue to the forefront. Obviously the promoters of this event committed a knee jerk reaction to Lee’s comments by threatening him, most likely because the Magic Rack is a major contributor to this event. This demonstrates a few things, that the promoters are thin skinned perhaps unprofessional and will react quickly to protect their cash cow.
This controversy outlined another issue, which is the disconnect between the touring professionals and the promoters. Long story short the promoters feel like the players want to just show up for an easy pay day and do not put anything back into the game and some of the players feel like the promoters do not organize the events properly. Case in point John Morra made his thoughts known stating after the tournament he still was not sure if pattern racking was aloud or not after two officials had different views on the matter. Also low payouts was brought up as some players suggested that tournament promoters are gouging the prize funds in order to make a years salary in a week. $6200 for first out of a field of 222 elite competitors which was the case in the 9 ball is really an embarrassing payout.
With all the debating that happened at this event it is easy to forget that a few tournament actually took place this past week. A big congratulations goes out to Brittany Bryant who won the Womens 9 ball event and followed that up with a strong showing in the Womens 8 Ball. Fellow Canadians Jason Klatt and John Morra posted some good results as well placing 4th and 5th respectively in the 10 ball division. Winning the 8 ball event was Corey Duel, the 9 and 10 ball was won by Shane Van Boening.
Contrary to what many promoters might think, to me the professionals are what makes this industry. They are the ones we pay to watch on the stream, or the one we travel miles and spend thousands to see live. They market the products they use and basically create and sustain the market that the promoters live off. It is a slippery slope if more promoters take this, “take it or leave it” stance towards the professionals. What really should happen and it has been talked about in length, is for the players to form a union and for the promoters to umbrella themselves in one organization and start a professional tour that benefits all. This should be done and quickly before all this bickering erodes the game further.
FIRST ROUND WPBL PLAYOFFS: POISON UPSET THE BLUE SHARKS
The World Professional Billiard League’s 2013-2014 Playoffs continued with the league’s second match-up of the playoffs. The Toronto Blue Sharks took on the Pittsburgh Poison at the WPBL Arena in Las Vegas February 6, 2014. For the second straight night, the lower seed pulled off an upset win. Ranked 11th in the league, the Pittsburgh Poison knocked off 6th ranked Toronto 9-3. After the Blue Sharks took the opening team game 30-3, they managed just one match point the rest of the night which came in a doubles shoot-out. However, Pittsburgh’s doubles team of Adam Smith and Sylver Ochoa defeated John Morra and Jason Klatt breaking a 3-3 tie, and giving Pittsburgh a 5-3 lead at intermission. Smith and Captain Shawn Putnam were both victorious in singles play over Morra and Eric Hjorliefson respectively, essentially putting the match away in the second half. Pittsburgh is the second straight lower seeded team to win their opening round match, after #12 seed Atlanta upset #5 seed Los Angeles to open the tournament on Wednesday.
The Poison next face Rodney Morris’ Chicago Rockets Sunday night at 6:30pm PST. The next scheduled playoff match will be Friday February 7th at 6:30pm PT and features the #7 seed Houston Hustlers against #10 Miami Cruise. To purchase the WPBL All Star Charity Billiards Challenge or the entire Championship Package, please visit www.WPBLtv.com. Follow the WPBL as the playoffs continue, additional announcements and updates will be made frequently. For a complete listing of broadcast matches, standings, merchandise and more visit the WPBL website.
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So Close for Mr Smooth
Diamond Billiard Products has put together yet another successful billiard event at the Horseshoe Hotel in Southern Indiana. The $100,000 added Derby City Classic is one of the most prestigious events of the year. With 9-Ball, 10-Ball, Bank Pool, One Pocket and Straight Pool, there is no other tournament which draws such a wide variety of top players from all over the world.
One of the first events was the $16,000 added “Big Foot” 10-Ball tournament played on a 10 foot Diamond table. This 16 player single knockout event had a hefty $1,000 entry fee. Shane Van Boening had wins over Dennis Orcollo, John Morra (Mr. Smooth), Francisco Bustamante and Niels Feijen to take the first place prize:
10-Ball Results 1st Shane Van Boening $1,600 2nd Niels Feijen $8,000 3rd Francisco Bustamante $4,000 4th Ralf Souquet $4,000
It was Dennis Orcollo who banked his way through 361 players to capture the Bank Pool title. Dennis went through 14 rounds of play with wins over John Smith, Konstantin Stepanov, Michael Muhlbradt, Jamie Farrell, Alex Olinger, Billy Thorpe, Danny Smith, Lee Vann Corteza, Shane VanBoening, Wang Can, Justin Bergman and Francisco Bustamante. The top finishers were:
Bank Pool 1st Dennis Orcollo $10,000 2nd Francisco Bustamante $5,000 3rd Earl Strickland $1,900 4th Shannon Murphy $1,200 4th David Grossman $1,200 4th Justin Bergman $1,200
In the one pocket event, Efren Reyes, who was rumoured to have retired, dominated the event which had 298 players. Reyes “The Magician” demonstrated his magical skills, remaining undefeated throughout this event. Reyes had wins over Robb Saez, Mark Haddad, Jason Chance, Bob Herchik, Ellis Kane, Rafael Martinez, Louis DeMarco, Corey Deuel, Dee Adkins, Josh Roberts, Dennis Orcollo and Shannon Daulton. Here are the top finishers:
One Pocket 1st Efren Reyes $12,000 2nd Shannon Daulton $6,000 3rd Scott Frost $3,355 4th Francisco Bustamante $2,200 4th Dennis Orcollo $2,200 6th Justin Hall $1,400 6th Josh Roberts $1,400
The 9-ball event had 264 players who were hanging their hats on this last opportunity to shine at the 2014 Derby City. At this point, most players were well adjusted after being in the room for nearly a week. The level of play seemed to escalate. Canada watched as Jason Klatt and John Morra stormed through the star-studded field. These two names are possibly the most recognized names in pool rooms across the country. With only three players remaining, Shane Van Boening caught the free pass into the finals. This meant Jason and John would have to square off against each other in an all Canadian semi-final battle. Jason Klatt came out of the gate quickly with a 3-1 lead. John won the next 4 racks to go ahead 5-3. The players exchanged racks until the score was locked up at 8 each. It was John Morra who took the last rack in the case game to secure his spot in the finals against Shane Van Boening.
Shane and John have a habit of meeting up at this event. Odds are, if you keep winning, you will likely have to face one of these guys sooner or later. John played excellent throughout the entire tournament and managed to reach the hill first at 8-7. However, an unfortunate roll put Shane back at the table with a winning opportunity. With the pressure on, Shane got the job done winning his third Derby City 9-ball event. Although it was a heartbreaking loss for John Morra, it was another impressive tournament in the books for “Mr. Smooth”. Chalk it up as experience and we hope to see you at the next one.
9-Ball 1st Shane Van Boening 2nd John Morra 3rd Jason Klatt 4th Ruslan Chinahov 4th Dennis Orcollo 6th Carlo Biado 6th Mike Dechaine 6th Niels Feijen 6th Efren Reyes
The 16th Annual Derby City Classic
Every January, pool players from all over the world travel to the Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana for the Derby City Classic. Players are treated to nine consecutive days of tournament play with plenty of late night action. You are always guaranteed to find a game at the Derby City, all you need is a big bankroll.
The event kicked off with 358 players entering the Bank Pool tournament. Some notable players with wins in the first round include Darren Appleton, Dennis Orcollo, Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Jayson Shaw, John Morra and Shane Van Boening.
The $16,000 added Diamond “Bigfoot” 10-Ball Challenge is also underway. The 16 player single knockout event has a hefty $1,000 entry fee. Canada’s John Morra will face Shane Van Boening in the second round. John came out ahead in his thrilling first round match over Lee Van Corteza (11-10). Watch all the action unfold on the live Pay-Per-View at Accu-Stats.com.
The One-Pocket event starts on Sunday and the 9-Ball event starts on Wednesday. Pool Action TV will also be providing live pay-per-view stream from the action room.
New Years Celebration for Morra
The fifth stop on the 404 Tour was held January 4th and 5th at BigWigs Billiards in Newmarket, Ontario. 44 of Ontario’s top players made up the field to compete for the title.
Erik Hjorleifson went through his bracket with wins over Shane Gummerson (11 – 6), Chad Bishop (11 – 0) and Jyri Kari (11 – 4) to be one of 4 undefeated players when play stopped on Saturday evening. The others undefeated players were Mike Leigh, John Morra, and James Wicketts.
Eight players returned for the money rounds on Sunday. Jeremy Isard shutout Shane Gummerson (7 – 0) and Rod Arsenault defeated Ian Argue (7 – 2) on the B side. Mike Leigh won a close match over Erik Hjorleifson (7 – 10) in the first A side match and James Wicketts surprised John Morra (6 – 8) to set up the A-side finals. In the match for the hot seat, Mike Leigh looked impressive as took the win over James Wicketts (7 – 1).
With both Erik Hjorleifson and John Morra on the B-side, these two players would eventually collide. With a strong win over Erik Hjorleifson (9 – 1), John Morra set up a rematch against James Wicketts. John would not be caught off guard this time. A 7-1 win over James put him in the finals against Mike Leigh. Sorry about the news Mike…John Morra is the champion. Again.
Congratulations to John Morra as he overcame the difficult handicap format outscoring his opponents 85-23 overall. John won nearly 80% of his total games played.
This is how they finished:
RESULT PAYOUT CALCUTTA 1st JOHN MORRA (12) $820 $730 2nd MIKE LEIGH (7) $520 $360 3rd JAMES WICKETTS (7) $380 $220 4th ERIK HJORLEIFSON (11) $250 $145 5th-6th JEREMY ISARD (7) $180 5th-6th ROD ARSENAULT (7) $180 7-8th IAN ARGUE (5) $120 7-8th SHANE GUMMERSON (7) $120
The next 404 Tour event will be held at Shooters in Toronto on January 25th – 26th.
Christmas Comes Early for Isard
With Christmas around the corner, 43 players ducked out of the cold weather and enjoyed a weekend of intense 9-ball competition at Shooters Snooker and Sports Club in Toronto. It was Jeremy Isard who stole the show (and the money). Jeremy had a strong 3rd place finish in this event just 2 weeks ago and returned to complete his unfinished business.
Jeremy started the Saturday off with a 6-4 win over Doug Scott and continued with victories over Jeet Khandai (6-6) and Isaac Ramos (6-5). In the lower bracket, tournament favourite John Morra was running racks with his usual steady play.
On Sunday morning, Mike Patrowicz managed to get the best of Morra but was unable to hold off Jeremy Isard in the hot seat match. On the b-side, John Morra faced Peter Hetherington who was deep into the tournament field once again. John sent Peter back to the practice table with a 12-2 win. Next in line for Mr. Morra was Peter Linkletter. John had to overcome a difficult handicap race of 12-4. John didn’t miss much winning the match 12-1. It was a nice finish for both Peter…and Peter.
In the b-side finals John Morra faced Mike Patrowicz for the second time. Morra got his revenge and secured his spot in the finals against Jeremy Isard. This would be Jeremy’s first time in the finals of the 404 9-ball tour and he was up against one of Canada’s best. Jeremy rose to the occasion and took the title with a 6-4 win. Wow!
RESULTS PAYOUT CALCUTTA 1st Jeremy Isard (6) $750 $740 2nd John Morra (12) $500 $490 3rd Mike Patrowicz (9) $350 $240 4th Peter Linkletter (4) $240 $150 5-6th Peter Hetherington (6) $160 5-6th Alan Ada (6) $160 7-8th Bobby Drowns (5) $100 7-8th Jeet Khandai (7) $100
38th Annual US Open Payouts
Here are the payouts for the 38th Annual WPA Sanctioned US Open held last month:
1st Shane Van Boening $30,000 2nd Lee Van Corteza $15,000 3rd Jayson Shaw $10,000 4th Niels Feijen $7,000 5-6th Oscar Dominguez $5,000 5-6th Chris Melling $5,000 7-8th Johnny Archer $3,500 7-8th Jeremy Sossei $3,500 9-12th Mike Dechaine $2,500 9-12th Karl Boyes $2,500 9-12th Darren Appleton $2,500 9-12th Nick Ekonomopoulos $2,500 13-16th Keith Bennett $1,900 13-16th Imran Majid $1,900 13-16th Corey Deuel $1,900 13-16th Tommy Kennedy $1,900 17-24th Rodney Morris $1,400 17-24th Huidji See $1,400 17-24th Mika Immonen $1,400 17-24th Danny Mastermaker $1,400 17-24th Hayato Hijikata $1,400 17-24th Can Wang $1,400 17-24th Tom D’Alfonso $1,400 17-24th Thorsten Hohmann $1,400 25-32nd Kenichi Uchigaki $1,000 25-32nd Donny Mills $1,000 25-32nd Ralf Souquet $1,000 25-32nd Juan Carlos Exposito $1,000 25-32nd Erik Hjorleifson $1,000 25-32nd Kevin Guimond $1,000 25-32nd Oliver Ortmann $1,000 25-32nd Shannon Daulton $1,000 33-48th So Shaw $700 33-48th Masahiro Shimano $700 33-48th Mario Morra $700 33-48th Jonathon Demet $700 33-48th Charlie Williams $700 33-48th Chris Bartram $700 33-48th Earl Strickland $700 33-48th Robb Saez $700 33-48th Omar Al-Shaheen $700 33-48th John Morra $700 33-48th Fabio Petroni $700 33-48th Jason Klatt $700 33-48th Warren Kiamco $700 33-48th Naoyuki Oi $700 33-48th Yukio Akagariyama $700 33-48th David Hunt $700 49-64th Alexandros Kazakis $500 49-64th Brian Deska $500 49-64th Frank Scharbach $500 49-64th Steve Fleming $500 49-64th Monica Webb $500 49-64th Brian Parks $500 49-64th Ronnie Oldervik $500 49-64th Daryl Peach $500 49-64th Michael Wong $500 49-64th BR Tatum $500 49-64th Brandon Shuff $500 49-64th Genco Iseri $500 49-64th R.J. Carmona $500 49-64th Bill Duggan $500 49-64th Matt Krah $500 49-64th Jorge Pagan Valentin $500 Total Payout $135,000
38th Annual US Open 9-Ball Underway
The 38th edition of the U.S. Open 9-ball Championships returned to Chesapeake last Sunday, with 170 of the world’s top billiards players in attendance. The tournament which runs until Saturday has a 1st place prize of $30,000.
The original 9-ball championships began with a 16-player field that gathered 1976 at the original Q-Master Billiards in Norfolk. The defending champion Shane Van Boening of South Dakota is the man to beat, but there are a wide range of talent from all over the world.
Our Canadian contingent is off to a good start with the Bonus Ball Team (Toronto Blue Sharks) John Morra, Jason Klatt and Erik Hjorleifson each moving into the 3rd round without a loss. The experienced Mario Morra was not so fortunate as he suffered a 2nd round loss to Earl Strickland. Earl is a five time winner of this event and recently took the Turning Stone title last month.
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The previous winners of this event are:
2012 Shane Van Boening 2011 Darren Appleton 2010 Darren Appleton 2009 Mika Immonen 2008 Mika Immonen 2007 Shane Van Boening 2006 John Schmidt 2005 Alex Pagulayan 2004 Gabe Owen 2003 Jeremy Jones 2002 Ralf Souquet 2001 Corey Deuel 2000 Earl Strickland 1999 Johnny Archer 1998 Buddy Hall 1997 Earl Strickland 1996 Rodney Morris 1995 Reed Pierce 1994 Efren Reyes 1993 Earl Strickland 1992 Tommy Kennedy 1991 Buddy Hall 1990 Nick Varner 1989 Nick Varner 1988 Mike Lebrón 1987 Earl Strickland 1986 David Howard 1985 Jimmy Reid 1984 Earl Strickland 1983 Mike Sigel 1982 David Howard 1981 Allen Hopkins 1980 Mike Sigel 1979 Louie Roberts 1978 Steve Mizerak 1977 Allen Hopkins 1976 Mike Sigel
John Morra Takes Season Opener
The 404 9-Ball Tour has started up again at BigWigs Billiards in Newmarket, Ontario. The first event of the 7th season drew 44 players. With the summer behind us, pool tournament attendance has now started to increase. While most players have been enjoying the patios, golf courses and fishing boats, John Morra has been busy competing at the international level.
On route to the finals John won 77% of his games played, winning 72 games and only losing 21 games. John’s performance was impressive, to say the least. This is how they finished:
RESULT PAYOUT CALCUTTA 1st JOHN MORRA (12) $800 $850 2nd NORBERTO DeCARLOS (5) $500 $480 3rd ERIK HJORLEIFSON (11) $350 $320 4th ALAN ADA (6) $240 $200 5-6th ISAAC RAMOS (7) $160 $100 5-6th CLAY BOWEN (5) $160 $100 7-8th DARREN CORSTON (7) $100 7-8th JOHN HANDZEL (8) $100
It is time for everyone else to store away your golf clubs and fishing rods and put your cues together. Although the next tour date has not been set, keep checking our calendar for future updates. Thanks to the BigWigs staff and tournament director Blain Jorgensen for running another smooth event.
888.com World Cup of Pool 2013 - Round One continues
888.com World Cup of Pool 2013
US, Singapore through as India win thriller
USA 7-5 Kuwait
Singapore 7-5 Poland
India 7-6 Canada
THERE WAS some superb drama at the 888.com World Cup of Pool this evening as India came through a hill-hill thriller against Canada to move through to the next round where they will meet Holland on Friday evening. The York Hall was packed to the rafters with fired-up Indian fans and their team gave them plenty to cheer about in the end.
Earlier in the evening, Team USA overcame an early stutter to find their feet and comeback to beat Kuwait to advance to the last 16 of the 888.com World Cup Pool. Shane Van Boening was a little anxious in advance as his partner Johnny Archer had left it very late to arrive in London but all was well in the end as they looked a smooth unit in the closing stages.
Trailing 0-2 and then 3-5 to the Kuwaiti team made up of Omar Al Shaheen and Khaled Al Mutairi, they caught a gear to win the last four racks for victory.
“I arrived in London at 8.00 this morning so I had plenty of time. I’ll be tired in a couple of hours but I was just fine,” said Archer.
“We were behind the whole time but played pretty good. We made a couple of mistakes but they weren’t easy mistakes. I mishit a break once as did Shane and a couple of safeties were not good but our ball pocketing was good and we hung in there and took advantage.
“Our energy level needs to get up for next match – it’s a tough match v Japan but our team can mix it good with anyone.”
It was a different team for the Poles as veteran Radoslaw Babica and Tomasz Kaplan took to the arena and they were the seeded favourites against the Singaporean team made up of 17 year-old Aloysius Yapp and seasoned pro Chan Keng Kwang.
It was a disappointing result for Poland after coming close in Manila last year but Singapore will be absolutely delighted to make it through to the next round where they will meet either Chinese Taipei or Belgium.
The final match of the evening pitted Canada against India and proceedings got underway with a show-stopping walk on from the Indian pair of Raj Hundal and Amar Kang. Resplendent in long, jewelled coats and backed by some deafening Punjabi drummers, the duo had the huge pro-Indian crowd on their feet.
Despite a comical opening – Hundal fouled on the lag as his cue ball was in front of the head string – they won the opener before Canada – John Morra and ’04 World Champ Alex Pagulayan – took the next. A combo on the 9 made it 3-1 and a miscue from Morra allowed India to make it 4-1, much to the delight of the noisy crowd.
It was a gripping affair though as the Canadian pair silenced the crowd as they caught them up to square it at 4-4. India though, took the next after a Pagulayan miscue allowed them to complete a nervy run out to put themselves on the hill at 6-4.
That soon became 6-5 but India got back to the table in the next with eight balls on the table. Kang was looking a bundle of nerves, always fighting to keep position, while Hundal kept the talk going to keep him steady. With just two balls to go though, Kang missed a straightforward 8 ball to gift the rack to Canada and tie it up at 6-6.
A perfect break from Morra downed two balls and spread the rest out. However, Morra missed the 3 ball to give India a lifeline. They grabbed it with both hands as they cleared to secure a place in the second round.
Said a delighted Hundal, “The atmosphere helped but it can be both a positive and a negative at the same time, because it is a lot of pressure. The guys are shouting, it is late in the evening and they have had a few drinks and are pretty riled up.
“They are showing a lot of love but sometimes it is hard for us to focus and it is a 100 percent mental focus game. I am happy my partner played well under pressure, made some really good shots when it really mattered.
“I know the Holland guys well and I have a great record on them individually. They are a very, very strong team but I will tell you this, nobody in the world wants to draw AK and me.
“It isn’t just the atmosphere we bring but Holland lose to me on head-to-head big time, I have destroyed the top four in that country. When they see me, they are not too keen to see me. They don’t really want me.”
Kang, “My hands got a bit sticky but I have to take full responsibility, I dogged it. I didn’t hit it with authority, I kind of babied it in but I need to practice a little bit more and I will be ready for Friday. Every shot in this tournament feels brutal. You have to work hard and get through it.”
The 2013 888.com World Cup of Pool runs from Tuesday September 17 to Sunday, September 22 at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, East London. The field features 32 teams from 31 countries in a single elimination format. The total prize fund is US$250,000 with $60,000 going to the eventual champions.
Play continues tomorrow afternoon with three more first round matches:
Chinese Taipei v Belgium
Greece v Australia
Italy v Spain
The 2013 World Cup of Pool runs from 17 – 22 September and takes place at the York Hall, London. For those wanting to watch the action in person, all tickets are available fromwww.seetickets.com (Search ‘World Cup of Pool’)
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