Category: 3Cushion

Another 3-Cushion Gem from Champion of Champions – By Paul “Professor-Q-Ball” Frankel

Two old rivals met in the early rounds of the Champion of Champions tournament.  Mazin Shooni and Sonny Cho traded billiards for the better part of the game, but Mazin gradually pulled away with some great shot making.  He made a double-the-rail shot for his 33rd billiard, and an umbrella for his 34th.  One more would give Mazin the victory.  A routine three-railer would seal the win.  He struck the cue ball, which touched ball number two and then the long rail.  It seemed right on course as it hit the second rail.  Sonny rose from his seat to congratulate his foe, but the cue skidded long off the third rail and slid by ball number three.  “It missed by next to nothing,” Mazin would later say. Trailing 28 to 34, Sonny stepped to the table.  Watch the fabulous end.

Kick-back strategy

The game is eight-ball and you have the solids. The 8-ball is blocking the corner pocket. It wouldn’t help to make the 7-ball, and while there are various ways to play safe off the right side of the 3-ball, they don’t improve your chances, and they give your opponent a chance to play safe in return. An ingenious play is to hit the 3-ball squarely with low backspin so that it banks off the end rail and back into cueball.

Pedro, wins 2nd year in a row Champion of Champions

Pedro Piedrabuena repeated as the Champion of Champions with a stellar 35 to 33 win over Hugo Patino highlighted by a run of 16.   Pedro was clearly the best over the four-day event, losing only once and posting a 1.440 grand average.  Hugo suffered two loses and had the second highest average at 1.417. Trailing 17 to 8, Pedro started his run.  When it was over, he led 24 to 17.  Hugo seemed dazed for a few innings as Pedro built his lead but then Pedro faltered.  The last three billiards were elusive, and Hugo staged a come back.  At 34 to 33, Hugo missed a long-short-long shot but left Pedro with all three balls in a line.  After pondering the shot for nearly a minute, Pedro played an up-down shot (long, short, long) for the win. Finishing third was Miguel Torres with a record of 8-2 and an average of 1.281.  More to come later this week.

Click on Full Story to see video of Pedro and Hugo last shot

& flow chart.


3-Cushion Savannah Qualifier

We started by playing two games Friday night, continuing Saturday morning at 10am, until about 11:30 pm, when we finished he preliminaries. Sunday morning we played a four man round robin to decide the winners of the finals.


The Jump Shot

The shot in this Diagram is by no means as hard as it looks. The idea is to shoot with an elevated cue into a ball frozen to a rail and then jump back over the second ball, going around the table, as shown to score. I don’t mean to imply that it is easy, which is why I have rolled up my sleeve in the drawing, but once a good player gets the hang of it he may be able to make it one time in three. It helps to use a bit of draw as well as left English on the cueball, otherwise the cueball will slow up on its way to the other end of the table.


Pendennis Club Final Charts & Story


Mazin Shooni wins USBA Qualifier

Kentucky Landmark Presents 3-Cushion At Its Finest!!


On January 18, 2012 a talented field of thirty 3-Cushion Billiard players from across the United States converged on the beautiful and historic Pendennis Club in downtown Louisville.  For 4 years now Professor-Q-Ball Promotions / Paul Frankel has promoted / directed a USBA Qualifier to determine a select group of players that will earn free entry into the USBA National 3 Cushion Championship.  For 2012 these Nationals will take place from May 6 – 10 in Las Vegas, NV at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.

Kicking off the festive Pendennis Club presentation of event activities was a special Artistic Pool performance by ESPN and World Masters Trick Shot Champion Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman   Players, fans, and a host of valued Pendennis Club members / special guests enjoyed the entertaining and enlightening moments demonstrated on the pool table on Wednesday evening.



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USBA 3-Cushion Nationals Back At The Tropicana in Las Vegas


Players from across the country will showcase their skills at one of the most challenging cue disciplines in the world when the United States Billiard Association (USBA) and Professor-Q-Ball promotions brings the USBA Three-Cushion National Championships back to the neon lights of the Tropicana in Las Vegas as part of the Lucasi Hybrid American Cue Sports (ACS) National Championships week between May 5 and 11, 2012.

Gabriels and USBA Form Partnership

Gabriels Billiards and the United States Billiard Association (USBA) have entered into a three-year sponsorship partnership beginning January 1, 2012.  Under the terms of the agreement, Gabriels will become the “Official Partner of the USBA” and will financially support the USBA Three-Cushion National Championship Tournament during the term of the agreement. Founded in 1932 in Antwerp Belgium by René Gabriels, a legendary balkline player, Gabriels specializes in the production of high-end carom tables. Gabriels website is

The USBA is the governing federation for carom billiards in the United States.

Its website is  The partnership will enable the USBA to continue its efforts to grow carom billiards in the United States.

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