Monthly Archives of : July, 2010

July August Issue of Billiards Magazine Available for Free

July/August 2010 Issue of Inside POOL Magazine Available for Free Taylor Reynolds – Growing up in the Sport The July/August 2010 online issue of Inside POOL Magazine, featuring teen pool player Taylor Reynolds as she grows up in the sport of billiards, has been made available for free viewing at This month the download features more banking secrets from new instruction writer Freddy “The Beard” Bentivenga along with tons of great new technology in online billiards magazine viewing such as enhanced clarity, Bonus Content, loads of videos, links to favorite web sites, flipping pages, zooming, emailing, sharing, and printing. Taylor Reynolds graces our front cover for July/August 2010. Lee Van Corteza claims the Mezz Hard Times event and the U.S. Open 10-Ball. Dennis Orcollo wins the World Pool Masters in Las Vegas. “Rocket” Rodney Morris snaps off the Seminole Pro Tour event in Hollywood. See coverage of the APA National Singles Championships. Want to know what’s hot for Summer? Check out our Summer Buying Guide for Billiards. Get pool lessons from the top instructors in the world. Tom Simpson teaches us how to own the line. Jason Lynch shows us how to get a kick out of pool. Bob […]

Women’s U.S. Open 9-Ball Down to Final Eight

U.S. Open Down to Final Eight WPBA U.S. Open / Norman, OK by InsidePOOL Staff The WPBA’s U.S. Open has wound down to its final 8 players after redrawing into the final 16 Friday evening. The event began July 29 with a full 64-player field at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK. Defending champion Ga-Young Kim has made it to the final eight undefeated, besting Veronique Menard 9-2, Dawn Hopkins 9-5, and Monica Webb 9-4. In the final 16 redraw, Kim had to play Webb again, but this time she was barely able to eke out a 9-8 victory to advance. Her next opponent will be Gerda Hofstatter, who just eliminated Hopkins 9-3. Number-one ranked Jasmin Ouschan still leads the top half of the bracket, having notched victories over Rhio Flores 9-5, Melinda Bailey 9-0, and Iris Ranola 9-4 to reach the final 16. There she faced off against Montana’s Morgan Steinman and bested her 9-5. Her next challenge will come from Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal, who earlier ousted Melissa Little 9-5. Fourth-ranked Karen Corr is still undefeated, and has dealt blows to Dana Aft 9-3, Tamara Rademakers 9-3, and Nicole Keeney 9-5. She most recently eliminated Ranola 9-7 […]

Brothers and Sossei Split Mezz Honors

Brothers and Sossei Split Mezz Honors Mezz Pro-Am Tour / Drexel Hill, PA by Jose Burgos Josh Brothers and Jeremy Sossei split top honors at the Mezz Pro-Am Tour’s July 25 installment. The $1,000-added tournament drew 52 players to Drexeline Billiards in Drexel Hill, PA. Brothers raced through the top half of the bracket, scoring victories over Joe Dadich 7-0, Joe Chester 7-1, Raphael Saldana 7-2, Mark Stewart 7-4, and Danny Bell 7-5. Sossei took care of the bottom half with wins over Mike Miller 7-4, Tom Zippler 7-0, Brett Stottlemyer 7-5, and Shaun Wilkie 7-5. Inevitably, Brothers and Sossei collided in the hot seat match, which went hill-hill, and Brothers earned the 7-6 victory. Manny Chau awaited Sossei on the one-loss side in the semifinal match, but Sossei was driven by a desire for revenge and easily eliminated Chau 6-3 to meet Brothers again. In the true double-elimination finals, Sossei had to win two matches to Brothers’ one, but it was never an issue—the players decided to be co-champions of the event. Results: 1st Josh Brothers $1,056 Jeremy Sossei $856 3rd Manny Chau $390 4th Shaun Wilkie $225 5th Dave Daya $150 Danny Bell 7th Mark Stewart $100 Brett […]

ACS Updates Formats and Rankings for 2011 ACS Nationals at Tropicana Las Vegas

ACS Updates Formats and Rankings for 2011 ACS Nationals at Tropicana Las Vegas The American CueSports Alliance (ACS) has teamed up with the Canadian Cue Sport Association (CCS) to update and standardize the Tournament Formats and Player Rankings between the two affiliated organizations. For ACS, the biggest change is the adoption of a new top level ‘Advanced’ Division for all Events and a new ‘Advanced’ Player Ranking, which the CCS has used since its incorporation six years ago. Here is a full summary of all the changes which will be effective for the 2011 ACS Nationals, May 7-14, at the Tropicana Las Vegas: 1. Divisions * The ACS will now offer Divisions categorized as Standard, Open and Advanced for all events – Singles, Scotch Doubles and Team – for both 8Ball and 9Ball, where applicable. * There will no longer be a Division category labeled as Master in any event. 2. ‘Bump Up’ Ratio * The player and team ‘bump up’ ratio for both the 8Ball Singles and 8Ball Team events will be set at 12% between Standard / Open and 12% between Open / Advanced. * This ratio is being applied retroactively to 2005. 3. Player Rankings * All […]

Hlavachek Lacerates Field at Denver 10-Ball Open

Hlavachek Lacerates Field at Denver 10-Ball Open By Samm Diep, On July 24 & 25, Tables Steaks South (soon to be known as Billiards Ink) in Englewood, Colorado hosted the Denver 10-Ball Open and Cue Show. This inaugural $1,500 added event boasted 47 of the best players from across the state, including a couple from New Mexico and Ontario, Canada. Chris Byrne Custom Cues and many other local cue makers and vendors also took the opportunity to display their handcrafted work. Of the elite, Boulder resident Jay Hlavachek was crowned the Denver 10-Ball Open Champion. He has competed in several professional events in the past but this hometown victory was so sweet for many reasons. When Hlavachek arrived Saturday morning he was less than impressed with his warm up performance. The full-time real estate agent has been focusing more on his career than his pool game. But once the tournament kicked off, the slimmer new healthier Hlavachek came alive and tore through the field to go undefeated into the finals. In the first match on Sunday, Hlavachek would send Bill Skinner to the B-side with a 7-4 victory. While there, the senior player eliminated Tony Piazza, Reuben Silva, and […]

Women’s U.S. Open 9-Ball Kicks Off

Women’s U.S. Open 9-Ball Kicks Off WPBA U.S. Open / Norman, OK by InsidePOOL Staff The Women’s Professional Billiard Association’s (WPBA) U.S. Open event has kicked off at Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK. There is a full 64-player field of ladies primed to attempt to wrest the title from Ga Young Kim, the defending champion, and the event will crown a winner August 1. So far Kim is doing well, having won her first-round match against Canada’s Veronique Menard 9-2. In fact, there have been remarkable few upsets in the first round, with the exceptions of Cristina De La Garza’s double-hill defeat of Megan Smith, recent Lone Star Billiards Tour victor, and Melinda Bailey’s 9-7 upending of Kim White. View the Women’s U.S. Open 9-Ball tournament brackets Last year’s Player of the Year, Jasmin Ouschan, remains undefeated after two rounds on the winners’ side, first besting Rhio Flores 9-5 and then Melinda Bailey 9-0. Vivian “The Texas Tornado” Villareal, who placed very high in several tournaments last season, continues to wreak havoc on the field, delivering first Brianna Miller 9-5 and then Brittany Bryant 9-5 to the one-loss side. Also undefeated after the first two rounds are Karen Corr, Julie […]

Atwell Named Oklahoma State Billiard Champion

Atwell Named Oklahoma State Champion OB Cues Ladies’ Tour / Tulsa, OK by InsidePOOL Staff Janet Atwell escaped a close call in her double-elimination final match with Ashley Nandrasy to claim the title of Oklahoma State champion at the OB Cues Ladies’ Tour’s July 24-25 stop. Hosted by Magoo’s Billiards in Tulsa, OK, the $750-added tournament attracted 28 ladies to play, including three current WPBA pros. As the event wound down to its second day, winners’ side matches included two regular tour top players, Tara Williams versus Nandrasy, and WPBA veteran Atwell against Melinda Bailey. Atwell attended last year’s Oklahoma State Championship and took second place, so she was looking to improve upon that finish this time. On the B-side of the bracket was another WPBA veteran, Belinda Calhoun, taking on Jennifer Kraber and Tracie Voelkering versus Lisa Marr. As the matches progressed, it was Atwell and Nandrasy playing for the hot seat, and Atwell ended up taking the winners’ bracket handily 7-2. But Nandrasy had managed a tough bracket and had come too far to back down. After ousting Williams at third place 7-3, she went up against Atwell in the double-elimination final match. As the first set commenced, […]

Francisco Bustamante, Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart Gain BCA Hall of Fame Election

Francisco Bustamante, Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart Gain BCA Hall of Fame Election Filipino star enters in Greatest Player category; Hubbart, Bell recognized for Meritorious Service BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 27, 2010 — Francisco Bustamante, one of the most accomplished players to come out of the Philippines, has been elected for induction into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in voting conducted by the United States Billiard Media Association. Also, in the Meritorious Service, Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart, founders of the American Poolplayers Association league system in 1979, were elected for induction. Bustamante, 46; Bell, 66; and Hubbart, 69, will be formally inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 during ceremonies in conjunction with the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Chesapeake, Va. Bustamante, nicknamed “Django” because of a resemblance to the lead character in a Western film of the same name, was born in the Philippine province of Tarlac. He began playing pocket billiards at 10-years-old, and began competing in the United States in the early 1990s. He hit his stride in the United States in 1997, winning two Camel Pro Billiard Tour events. He was named Billiards Digest’s and Pool & Billiard Magazine’s Player […]

Alicea and Robles Take Predator Titles

Alicea and Robles Take Predator Titles Ozone Billiards Predator Tour / New York, NY by Alison M. Fischer, A field of 67 players visited Amsterdam Billiard Club in New York, NY, July 24-25 to participate in the Ozone Billiards Predator Tour. Offering a wide range of top NYC-area amateur and pro players, the event showcased plenty of competition, but it was John Alicea and tour promoter Tony Robles who won their respective divisions. Alicea ran to the top of the A-D 9-ball division, rolling through the A/B bracket to meet custom cue case maker Jim Murnak, who won the C/D bracket in the hot seat match. A 7-4 victory left Alicea sitting in the king seat. Daniel Dagotdot claimed four winners’ side matches before Alicea sent him west after their winners’ side final four match. He returned for a rematch with Alicea by besting Murnak in the semifinals 7-2. Though he rallied in the final match against Alicea and came back from behind, Alicea was able to complete his undefeated run 7-6 to win his first Predator Tour event of the 2010 season. In the open/pro division, “The Silent Assassin” was handed a first-round loss by Jeremy Sossei 8-4 […]

BCA Names Ivan Lee of Iwan Simonis 2010-2011 Board Chairman

BCA Names Ivan Lee of Iwan Simonis 2010-2011 Board Chairman Broomfield, Colo. – July 28, 2010 – During its general membership meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 13, 2010, the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) announced the results of the 2010-2011 Board of Directors elections, which are as follows: Category 1 (Manufacturer/Distributor) * Austin Rothbard (Brunswick Corporation), three-year term * Elaine Gerber (Presidential Billiards, LP), three-year term * Martin Bloom (Olhausen Billiard Mfg., Inc.), three-year term * Thomas Rodgers (Robertson Billiard Supplies), three-year term Category 2 (Retailer) * Tony Stick (The Billiard Factory), three-year term Category 3 (Room Operator) * Nick Alexander (Clicks Billiards), three-year term In follow-up elections, Ivan Lee (Iwan Simonis, Inc.) accepted a one-year term as BCA Board Chairman, as did each of the remaining seated officers: First Vice Chairman Karim Belhaj (Predator Group); Second Vice Chairman Kathy Vegh (Danny Vegh’s Billiards & Home); Secretary Skip Nemecek (Tweeten Fibre Co., Inc.); and Treasurer Mike Serra (MBS Group). The remaining directors include: George Darafeev (Mikhail Darafeev, Inc.); Tom Gregory (Toltec Lighting); Danny Kuykendall (Danny K’s Billiards); Fred Cohen (D&R Industries/Championship LLC) and Eric Weber (CueStix International, Inc). “I look forward to teaming with a very experienced and […]