Category: 3Cushion

May there be Billiards in Heaven

<br />DR. THOM ZIMMERMAN The Glaucoma Foundation was deeply saddened by the death on August 4 of Thom J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville. A member of our Scientific Advisory Board, he was uniquely suited for his successful work in pharmacological research in glaucoma and was dedicated to furthering the field. His contributions will be greatly missed.

Tom was also a member of the USBA (United States Billiard Association) and loved the game of 3-Cushion.
Our heartfelt condolences to his wife,Tinker, and family members.

The Principles of Defense

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The Principles of Defense

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By Robert Byrene

Good defensive strategy, absolutely essential to winning in three-cushion billiards, is hardly ever mentioned in the scanty literature in a game. Defense in billiards consists of far more than simply playing “easy to the red” and its corollary, “hard away to the white.”

2009 USBA Tour – Dave Van Lokeren Emerges Victorious!

2009 USBA Tour – Dave Van Lokeren Emerges Victorious!

In all, there were 21 players competing for a first place prize of $ 2,000.00 with a total prize fund of $ 7,000.00. The players were divided into 3 flights with 7 players each. The top 2 finishers of each flight along with the two best 3rd place finishers would play an 8-player round robin in the finals. The prelims were to 20 points and the finals were to 25 points. Final placement was determined by wins/losses, total points scored, head-to-head and points-against. Averages were kept throughout the tournament by the players but it was not a determining factor in the placement.

Javier Teran Wins at College Billiards-USBA Tour

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There were 40 players from different states across the country as well as from Mexico and Ecuador. In all, there were at least 15 players that have established averages of at least 1.000 and only 10 players would be able to qualify into the finals. That’s how tough the field was. There were also some upsets which changed the outcome dramatically.

Miguel Torres is victorious at Carom Cafe

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Miguel Torres is victorious at Carom Cafe
Carom Café hosted a wonderful Open tournament this past weekend which was a 15-player round-robin event. That means that every player gets to play all the other players once for a total of 14 matches for each player over a 3-day period. It was a lot of billiards.

“3-Cushion Billiard Tour Shot-Contest a “HIT with Pocket Pool Players”

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“3-Cushion Billiard Tour Shot-Contest a “HIT with Pocket Pool Players”

Finally a billiard program designed to attract Pocket Billiard Players to the game of 3-Cushion Billiards. It is called the “3-Cushion Billiard Tour Shot Contest” and it is unique in its own way. For the first time room owners that have only one or two billiard tables will be part of a bigger picture.

Hugo Patino Wins at Cue and Cushion

Hugo Patino Wins at Cue and Cushion

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The first stop of the 2009 USBA Tour was held at Cue and Cushion Billiard Lounge in Hooksett, NH on April 17-19, 2009. Four of the country’s top players participated and were the clear favorites in this 11 player round robin to 25 points. Room owner Mazin Shooni, 2006 US Champion, had his 2 beautiful Chevillotte tables recently recovered with Simonis 300 rapide cloth. The tables were long and very slippery. Competing along with Mazin was Hugo Patino (2003, 2009 US Champion), Sonny Cho (2005 US Champion), Michael Kang (Carom Café owner and top US player), Jim Shovak (USBA Secretary/Treasurer), Bob Page from Massachusetts, Juan Elizalde from Dallas, Texas, Leonard Collibee from Massachusetts, Rick Kirk from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Andrew Janquitto from Maryland and Steve Brodie from Connecticut.

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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2009 USBA National Qualification Results

2009 USBA National Qualification Results

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After 2 days of sterling play, 20 players from the original field of 42 made it to 4 flights of 5 players each for the semi final rounds. Event highlights from the qualification rounds revealed 6 players with perfect 6-0 records – Pedro Piedrabuena, Mazin Shooni, Michael Kang, Felipe Razon, Sonny Cho, and defending champion, Miguel Torres. The balance of the semi-final field demonstrated great resolve on the road to the championship finals.