First Four Qualify for Vegas

2nd March
First Four Qualify for Vegas
Ex World Champ is First Man Through
QUALIFICATION for the ‘Race to Vegas’ got underway in February and so far four players have won their way through to take their place in the starting line-up of the 2010 World Pool Masters.
This year sees the event restructured from a 16 player invitational into a 64 player event with approximately half the players qualifying and the other half invited.

Billiard Education Foundation 2010 Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is currently accepting applications for the 2010 scholarship awards. The BEF Academic Scholarship Program is administered annually under the direction and guidance of the BEF Board of Trustees. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2010 and can be downloaded by going to the BEF website at

McDermott Cue MFG, LLC is the new exclusive distributor of Elephant Ball.

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MENOMONEE FALLS, WI. – 2/22/2010: McDermott Cue Mfg., LLC is a leading manufacturer and world-wide distributor of pool cues, performance shafts, and billiard accessories. McDermott is proud to announce an agreement with Elephant Balls LTD to be the exclusive distributor of Elephant Balls branded products which include billiard balls, training aids and other billiard accessories.


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The United States Snooker Association (USSA) initiated its 2nd Annual USSA National Snooker Tour with the first stop on the Tour at Embassy Billiards Club – directed by USSA director Richard Ham – in San Gabriel, CA, February 16-19. The event enjoyed a 12-player field. A handicap format was adopted for this Tour Event played as a single-elimination knockout competition, which featured the winner of last year’s Tour Event at the Embassy Billiards Club, Mei Yi Fei. Yi Fei had the lowest handicap at -45, indicating that he was the favorite for the event.

Tournament results for Shooters, Olathe, KS Feb 18-21, 2010

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One-Pocket    45 players  $1000 Added

1st     Jeremy Jones, Wichita, KS2nd    Joey Gray, OKC, OK

3rd     Jesse Bowman, E. Moline, IL

4th     Mike Banks, Jr., Blue Springs, MO

5-6th  Gary Lutman, St. Louis, MO
5-6th   Dale Pence, Tonganoxie, KS

7-8th   Danny Harriman, Springfield, MO
7-8th   K.C. Massey, OKC, OK

The 14th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament

The 14th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament

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The 14th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament (“Swanee”) was
held February 13-14 at Hollywood Billiards in Hollywood, California. A
2 day grinder and an institution of an event on the west coast, this
year again saw a full 192 field with a dozen players on the wait list.
The Swanee celebrates the life of “Gentle Giant” Jay Swanson who was
much loved as a person yet equally feared on the table.  “When Swanee
was regularly playing in Southern California events, the favorites were
usually him, Ernesto (Dominguez) and Keith (McCready)” said
Co-Tournament Director and pool commentator Jay Helfert.


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The first document (VNEA’s Beginning: 1980-84) shows some of
the great Pioneers of the VNEA. These images are priceless.
While reading the captions, you will understand the pride
and dedication that a handful of amusement company owners
had when they decided to take their business in their own
hands and create a vision of their future that they could
all be proud of.

Superbowl 9-Ball Open at The Rack in Memphis

John Hennessee Winner

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One hundred and seventeen players gathered in Memphis for the 27th year in a row for the Superbowl 9-ball Open at The Rack. This year’s tournament brought a few changes, with new tournament director, Jason Ling, of Tupelo, Ms. who brought a friendly, but to the point feel to the event.

TAP Las Vegas and the 2010 Youth Pool Players of Vegas

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Michael Erle, Nick Nowlan, John Leafdale, Nick Vece and Ricky Langston

What do these boys have in common? They are all teenagers who compete in the TAP Las Vegas pool league at the Las Vegas Cue Club & Mickey’s Cues & Brews. They all started at a beginner level of a handicap 2 and have excelled from there. They have been coached and taught to play by their fellow pool players, which include parents, grandparents and other mentors and now they sometimes teach us

ACA Awards

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The American Cuemaker’s Association is proud to present its 2010 recipient of the prestigious Cuemaker of the Year Award.  The American Cuemaker’s Association (ACA) was established in 1992 to promote the American-made cue and cuemaker.  Beginning in 2008, the ACA initiated the Cuemaker of the Year Award to recognize an ACA member who has provided a top quality product in an ethical, honorable, and professional manner through the years.  The award will be presented at the annual ACA banquet at the Super Billiards Expo at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA, on March 18-21, 2010.

Frederick Mali Honored with Billiard Congress of America 2009 President’s Award

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Frederick Mali Honored with
Billiard Congress of America 2009 President’s Award
Broomfield, Colo. – February 8, 2010 – Each year the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) recognizes an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the billiard industry with the presentation of the BCA President’s Award.  This year the BCA has chosen to recognize Frederick Mali.  Mali, who passed away at the age of 76 in 2007, was the president and CEO of The Henry W.T. Mali & Co., Inc. (Mali Cloth), the oldest continuously family-run company in New York City, founded in 1826.

The Viper Wins DCC Woman’s All-Around

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Denver, Colorado February 2, 2010: WPBA Touring Professional Melissa Little competed in the 12th Annual Derby City Classic held January 21st-30th, 2010 in Louisville, KY. Melissa finished in the 4th round of the banks with 353 players, 2nd round of the 1-Pocket event with 290 players, and finished in the 4th round of the 9-Ball event with 257 players. Melissa secured the title with four total wins, placing 1st in the Woman’s All-Around and Dawn Fox secured the runner up spot with 2-wins to her belt.

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