PoolDawg to Sponsor APA National Championships

PoolDawg to Sponsor APA National Championships

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World’s Largest Pool League and Billiard Retailer Reach Sponsorship Agreement

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (April 16, 2009) — Internet based retailer PoolDawg has reached a deal with the American Poolplayers Association (APA) to become an official sponsor of all APA National Championships. PoolDawg will be the official table spot sponsor of both the APA National Singles and Team Championships held in Las Vegas annually at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.

As part of the agreement, all participants in the national championships will receive a commemorative memento courtesy of PoolDawg.

“We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with PoolDawg for years. They’ve been a major advertiser in our national membership magazine and an exhibitor at our National Team Championships. This agreement helps to further our relationship with them,” said APA President Reneé Lyle.

“When it comes to amateur pool leagues, there is no bigger name than the APA. We are extremely excited to come on board as a sponsor of the APA Championships.” said Mike Feiman, Director of Marketing for PoolDawg. “As the largest amateur pool league, the APA provides us with a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of poolplayers. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to further expand our longstanding relationship with the APA and its members.”

About the American Poolplayers Association (APA)

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9 Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually!

The APA and its championships are sponsored by Cuetec Cues and PoolDawg.

For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit www.poolplayers.com.

Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of The Predator International 10-Ball Championship

Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of The Predator International 10-Ball Championship

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Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of

The Predator International 10-Ball Championship

Las Vegas, Nevada- The Black Widow, The Duchess of Doom, The Texas Tornado, Kwik Fire, Little Lightning, G-Force, and The Viper are some of the names of the super powered billiard women attacking the 9th Annual Predator International 10-Ball Championship. Ozone Billiards will be presenting this year’s lineup of 112 players at the Riviera Hotel & Casino May 11-16,2009 during the BCAPL’s National 8-Ball Championships. In total, there will be a sizeable league of 13 world class women looking to make a serious dent into the egos of the men’s elite club.

WPBA SAN DIEGO CLASSIC

WPBA SAN DIEGO CLASSIC

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It was Ga Young Kim and Monica Webb matching up in the finals of the first event of 2009 for the WPBA – the San Diego Classic at the beautiful Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA. Monica was coming off of her high from the 2008 Tour Championships and this was Ga Young’s first finals since the 2008 BCA Generationpool.com 9 Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV. Both wanted to be the first winner of the 2009 season.
Ga Young won the lag but scratched on the break and Monica came to the table ready to rock. There was no hesitation in her stroke as she began running out the table but a huge mental error right at the beginning caused her to come up short on the 8 ball, hooking herself behind the 9. With a regretful smile, she eyed a kick shot short rail (2 rails) that just missed, giving Ga Young back the ball in hand she’d given to Monica and took the first game of the match.
Monica had the break in game two but came up dry but left nothing for Ga Young to look at except a safety. She thinned the 1, went 4 rails with the cue ball and stuck it snug behind the 6 while the crowd whistled in amazement. Monica missed the 3 rail kick and Ga Young received ball in hand. Working her way around the layout, she navigated a few touchy position shots with aplomb, running out to take a quick 2-0 lead.

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!

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.

Hugo Patino 2009 USBA National Winner

Hugo Patino 2009 USBA National Winner

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Hugo Patino is the 2009 USBA National Champion!!!
The USBA 2009 National 3-Cushion Championship was underway with a field of 42 players from all over the country at Carom Café Billiards in Flushing, NY from February 18-22, 2009.
The tournament was played on 10 Verhoeven billiard tables, all outfitted for the tournament with fresh 300 Rapide billiard cloths, generously donated by Iwan Simonis, Inc. Also, Saluc, the manufacturer of Aramith Billiard Balls, donated 15 sets of Super Aramith Pro-Cup Carom Billiard Balls featuring spots on each of the yellow and white cue balls, allowing the spectators to more easily see the spin on the balls as the top 3-cushion players in the United States demonstrated their ability to make the balls dance wondrously at times.

Dominating Mei Captures 2009 USSA National Snooker Tour
Stop #4 Title at The Embassy Billiards Club

Dominating Mei Captures 2009 USSA National Snooker Tour
Stop #4 Title at The Embassy Billiards Club

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Runner-up Paul Kimura (L) and Champion Yi Fei Mei (R)

The United States Snooker Association (USSA) continues to rejuvenate snooker in the United States in 2009 with its inaugural USSA National Snooker Tour, and the fourth stop on the Tour at Embassy Billiards Club – directed by USSA director Richard Ham – in San Gabriel, CA, February 17-19, enjoyed a full 12-player field. With a handicap system applied for this particular event, four round-robin preliminary flights determined the eight players for the final rounds. Each player received or gave a “start”, based on his handicap (example: a player with a “-26” gave a six point start to a player with a “-20” each frame of their match). Ye Fei Mei of San Gabriel, CA was the highest-handicapped player (-38) and thus considered the strongest player in the field based on past history. The preliminary round featured 2-frame matches among each opponent, for a total of four frames played per player within each flight:

[Numbers indicate win/loss record in frames in prelims]