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 www.gabrielsbilliards.com
The USBA is the governing federation for carom billiards in the United States.
During the WorldCup in Vienna last week, Mr. Frederic Caudron set a
new Worldrecord Tournament Grand Average of 2.420 on the newly introduced Kronos table.
The jump shot in pool has become a popular weapon among today’s top players in recent years. Opportunities for jump shots also come up in three-cushion billiards, but not nearly as often. Billiard jump shots are more often used in exhibitions than in games-still, there are a few positions where they are practical, especially for the aggressive players.
The way I understand the rules now, jump shots are legal provided no ball touches the wooden part of the rail; a ball riding along the top of the cushion before falling back onto the table is okay.
About Mr. Janquitto:
Andy Janquitto learned to play straightrail and balkline from Ely Castleman, a famous Baltimore player. A little over five years ago, he started playing three-cushion billiards. His game is still evolving. When not playing billiards, Andy practices law in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. He is the author of a legal treatise (now in the 3rd edition) and was an adjunct professor of law for a number of years. From 1983 to 1996, he was the head wrestling coach at The Johns Hopkins University. He recently finished writing the manuscript for a non-fiction work entitled: Tricky Dick and the Oleomargarine Heir: The Story of Bogus Butter, the Great Vice Trial and the Hippie Millionaire who Ended the Vietnam War. He lives in Ruxton, Maryland, with his wife, Liz, and his Gabriels Imperator.
Pedro Piedrabuena vs. Hugo Patino at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
Pedro Runs 15. This video was capture by Paul Frankel
USBA 3-Cushion Nationals At Tropicana Las Vegas
Pedro winner of the 2011 USBA Nationals
Players fromacross the country came to 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 brought its 3-Cushion National Championships to the neon lights of Tropicana Las Vegas, May 9 to 13, 2011.
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