Worse is Better

Worse is Better

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Worse is Better
By Samm Diep © December 2008
If you’re fortunate enough to play only on the finest Diamond or Gold Crown table with shiny, clean Super Aramith Pro balls and newly recovered Simonis cloth, then you’re probably pretty spoiled. And let me guess, you might struggle a little at league or the local weekly tournament when you have to play on bar tables with ripped felt, mismatched balls, and karaoke blasting in your ear.
There’s something to be said about practicing and competing under controlled environments where your opponent is respectful and everything is pristine, but welcome to the real world. Unless you’re a professional and you only compete in professional events where the equipment is perfect and consistent, then you’ll need to learn to adjust. Not even the pros are that lucky.
It’s no secret that sub-par conditions level the playing field. A C-player that wouldn’t win one game against you on a big table stands a fair chance of beating you on an unkempt bar table. The biggest weakness for the A-player is that they forget that they’re on a bar table. They’re still trying to play perfect pool. They’re delicate with safeties and attempting finesse shots for window shape. In this environment, it only gets them into trouble.

Cheaters Never Win

Cheaters Never Win

The Ref Stop
Cheaters Never Win
By Bob Hunt
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Have you ever thought about destiny?   Destiny is a vivid force in pool.  You know what I mean, when you slipped and privately bumped the cue ball, shot anyway and missed. Maybe you accidentally moved a ball that ended up in a good spot for you and failed to mention it.  You lost anyway or gave your opponent ball in hand because of something stupid.  That is destiny for cheaters.   Destiny is Mother Nature’s way to make things right.  Maybe a guilty conscious or a mysterious aura is at work.  I do not know, it just happens.  Players that cheat usually cannot win by skillful means.  So if you are worried about a cheater beating you, just let it go and win by destiny.  Of course, you should let the ref know so we can look out for those characters.  I love to catch them.  Make my day!

More Kiss-back Shots

More Kiss-back Shots

Another standard application is given in Diagram 98. Again, remember to use low English. If the first ball were at a, it would be better to try a thin hit off the right side of the ball instead of a kiss-back. Not only is the thin hit (provided it isn’t too thin ) easier to judge, but the first ball is likely to end up in the vicinity of b, providing a good second shot.

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Biggest Women’s Sporting Event in Philippines of 2009:

Biggest Women’s Sporting Event in Philippines of 2009:

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Biggest Women’s Sporting Event in Philippines of 2009:
Women’s World 10-Ball Championship to Air Live on ABS-CBN

Manila, Philippines- Dragon Promotions and Filipino broadcast television giant ABS-CBN have entered into an agreement to air the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship June 2-6,2009. ABS-CBN will be airing the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship live over the five days of the event with a guaranteed 25 hours live coverage as well as delayed taping of other feature matches. With this kind of media and $20,000 at stake for the champion, as well as an additional $50,000 for the top finishers, this will by far be the biggest women’s sporting event in the Philippines of 2009.

PoolDawg Signs Sponsorship Deal for the 2009 WPBA Tour

PoolDawg Signs Sponsorship Deal for the 2009 WPBA Tour

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PoolDawg, the recognized leader in online billiards and game room supplies, is pleased to announce that they have signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the WPBA’s live streaming matches for the 2009 season. “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the WPBA in this exciting new format.” said Michael Feiman, PoolDawg’s Director of Marketing. “Unless you are attending a tournament, the only way to watch live pool and billiards in the United States is through online streaming.

Draw and Schedule Announced

Draw and Schedule Announced

Draw and Schedule Announced!
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TWO members of the victorious European Mosconi Cup-winning side will go head-to-head at the 2009 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters.

The event, which will be staged at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, USA, from May 8 to May 10, features 16 of the best players in the world, all vying for the $20,000 top prize.

The pick of the first round matches sees Tony Drago and Niels Feijen, two of the players who helped Europe win the last two Mosconi Cups, paired together in a mouth-watering clash.

Dragon Promotions Agrees to Sanction with the WPA

Dragon Promotions Agrees to Sanction with the WPA

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It is unfortunate that Mr Gre Leenders a representative of the EPBF and the World Pool Association (WPA) would release such a misleading and inaccurate statement as he did during the midst of contract negotiations. It is apparent that the person responsible has been misdirected and lacked information. It is our hope that such a haste and inconsiderate action has not tainted the world of billiards.
Considering the current global economic climate and detrimental state of the billiard world, the production of a new event such as our Women’s World 10-Ball Championship would boost our industry with encouragement and that we would be a welcomed relief to the sport.

Mike Dechaine Breezes through Field at Robert Dionne Memorial 9 ball Tournament

Mike Dechaine Breezes through Field at Robert Dionne Memorial 9 ball Tournament

At Silver cue Billiards in Woburn Mass.
Story by Marc Dionne. 64 players came out to play for the $3,700.00 up for grabs. Here were some of the notables.

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Mike Dechaine, Dave Fernandez, Mike Nicaloro, Jose Pinto,
Joe Tucker, Ivo Petrov, Chris Leal, Rich Ross, Nelson Olivera the format for the tournament is race to your handicap. Pro 10 Open 8 A’s 7 B ‘s 6 C’s 5 D’s 4 .
The semi final match was Rich Ross who would race to 7 vs. Mike Dechaine who would race to 10. The match was very close up until Rich made a critical mistake on a 7 ball. Would give Mike an opening, mike would win the match 10-5.
The Hot Seat Match was Mike Dechaine Vs tom Mcgongale the race would be Mike Dechaine would race to 10 Tom Mcgongale would race to 8. This match was a one way match with Dechaine winning it with the score of 10 – 3 and taking his spot in the Finals. The one loss Finals was Nelson Olivera vs. Tom Mcgongale.

A total of 16 of the finest players from around the world will be competing in the event, which will be staged over three days during the annual BCAPL National 8 Ball Championships.

A total of 16 of the finest players from around the world will be competing in the event, which will be staged over three days during the annual BCAPL National 8 Ball Championships.

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A total of 16 of the finest players from around the world will be competing in the event, which will be staged over three days during the annual BCAPL National 8 Ball Championships.

Promoted by Matchroom Sport, a world leader in televised pool, the PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters will be running for the 17th year consecutive year and its roll call of champions reads like an international who’s who of 9 ball.

Predator Pro Pool School Create Knowledgeable & Athletic Billiard Enthusiasts

Predator Pro Pool School Create Knowledgeable & Athletic Billiard Enthusiasts

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Predator Pro Pool School Create Knowledgeable & Athletic Billiard Enthusiasts

Chicago, IL – The Predator Pro Pool School catered to a lucky group of individuals who got an opportunity to learn from three of the world’s best players today. Filipino sensation Francisco “Django” Bustamante teaching secrets on the break, USA Champion Charlie “Korean Dragon” Williams teaching stroke development, and World #1 Mika Immonen revealing his effective banking and aiming system plus many, many more secrets…it was a dream come true for 12 pocket billiard lovers! Dragon Promotions brought this 12th edition of their pool school to the Midwest for the first time in history bringing world talents from three different continents. Palace Billiards in Villa Park hosted the Predator Pro School with its excellent facilities featuring Brunswick Gold Crown tables.

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