Friday, July 30, 2010

Winners Circle: Pool Tournament Winners for the Week of July 19-25

July 23-25

7th Annual BVPA U.S. Open Wheelchair 8-Ball Championship
Scoreboard Billiards
Northfield, OH

July 23-25

2010 USBA Tour B and C Tournament
MGM Billiards

2010 USBA Tour B Tournament Results
1st Laureano Gomez
2nd Rudy Legler
3rd Christian Portilla
4th Mike Chen
5th Jim Shovak
6th Jim Watson
7th John Kim
8th Andreas Ceballos
9th Hyuk Yoon
10th Billy Kim

2010 USBA Tour C Tournament Results
1st Jose Luis Lopez
2nd Jamie Sosa
3rd Jorge Gonzales
4th Ademil Sanchez
5th Ester Park
6th Eric Hughes

July 24

Bay Area Amateur Tour
Strokers Billiards
Palm Harbor, FL

BAAT Results
1st Niki Rasmussen, $300
2nd Virginia Billie, $225
3rd Chris Fields, $175
4th Shanelle Loraine, $125
5th Stephanie Mitchell, $75
5th Kelly Cavanaugh, $75
7th Connie Mago, $50
7th Heather Platter, $50

July 24

Rolling Rock Amateur A-B-C 9-Ball Challenge Qualifier
Shookers Sports, Billards, Bar & Grill
Providence, RI

July 24

Tri-State Tour
Edison Billiards
Edison, NJ

Tri-State Tour Results
1st George Osipovitch, $475
2nd Mark Alicea, $250
3rd Duane Toney, $150
4th Ken Debroske, $100
5th Gary Murgia, $50
5th Rick Shellhouse, $50

July 24-25

Arizona Women's Billiard Tour
Pocket's Pool & Pub
Tucson, AZ

AWBT Results
1st Samm Diep, $200
2nd Susan Williams, $140
3rd Kathleen Lawless, $90
4th Rebecca Wagner, $60
5th Sunny Griffin, $30
5th Ashea Erdahl, $30
7th Jeri Engh, $25
7th Sara Miller, $25

July 24-25

Great Southern Billiard Tour
World Cup Billiards
Greenville, SC

Great Southern Billiard Tour Results
1st Brian White, $1,000
2nd Josh Newman, $500
3rd Gary Cairnes, $300
4th Jordan Grubb, $200
5th David King, $125
5th Aaron Mejia, $125
7th Matt Mancini, $80
7th Billy Thorpe, $80

July 24-25

Jacoby Custom Cues Carolina Tour
Break Time Billiards
Wilmington, NC

Jacoby Custom Cues Tour Results
1st Keith Bennett, $1,000
2nd Sammy Monday, $500
3rd Michael Fuller, $225
4th BJ Ussery, $75

July 24-25

J. Pechauer Northeast Women's Tour
2010 World 9-Ball Championships Qualifier

KB Billiards
Elkridge, MD

J. Pechauer Northeast Women's Tour Results
1st Linda Shea, $350
2nd Neslihan Gurel, $250 + Qualifier for the 2010 World 9-Ball Championships & $1,000 travel fund
3rd Kim Jones, $160
4th Ji-Hyun Park, $110
5th Borana Andoni, $75
5th Lai Li, $75

July 24-25

Lone Star Billiards Tour
Q-Stix Billiards
Houston, TX

Lone Star Billiards Tour 9-Ball Open Results
1st Francisco Taylor, $800
2nd Sylver Ochoa, $540
3rd Charlie Bryant, $410
4th David Gutierrez, $270
5th Megan Smith, $130
5th Ernesto Bayaua, $130
7th Doug Young, $90
7th Brent Thomas, $90
9th Jerald Jackson, $55
9th David Parker, $55
9th Mike Alonzo, $55
9th Leon Contreras, $55

Lone Star Billiards Tour Ladies 9-Ball Results
1st Megan Smith, $315
2nd Kyu Yi, $200
3rd Rose McCrory, $100
4th Ming Ng, $50
5th Robyn Petrosino, $25
5th Ricky Casper, $25
7th Teresa Garland
7th Loretta Lindgren
9th Kim Nguyen
9th Deanna Kniola
9th Jamie Campos

July 24-25

OB Cues Ladies' 9-Ball Tour
Magoo's Billiards
Tulsa, OK

OB Cues Ladies' 9-Ball Tour Results
1st Janet Atwell, $750
2nd Ashley Nandrasy, $550
3rd Tara Williams, $335
4th Melinda Bailey, $235
5th Lisa Marr, $150
5th Belinda Campos-Calhoun, $150
7th Jennifer Kraber, $100
7th Tracie Voelkering, $100
9th Lisa Henderson-Major, $50
9th Amanda Lampert, $50
9th Julie Comitini, $50
9th Cindy Parvala, $50
13th Theresa Wilson, $30
13th Kathy Knuth, $30
13th Michelle McDermott, $30
13th Veronica Perez, $30

July 24-25

Ozone Billiards Predator Tour
Amsterdam Billiard Club
New York City, NY

Ozone Billiards Predator Tour Results
1st John Alicea, $1,000
2nd Daniel Dagotdot, $650
3rd Jim Murnak, $475
4th Alberto Estevez, $325
5th Victor Nau, $215
5th Mathew Harricharan, $215
7th Mike Panzarella, $150
7th Luis Novas, $150
9th John Stiles, $100
9th Simon Lau, $100
9th Andrew Kane, $100
9th John Oritz, $100
13th Gail Glazebrook, $75
13th Robert Plaut, $75
13th Jerry Tarantola, $75
13th Noel Bensurto, $75

July 24-25

World PPA Shootout Tournament
California Billiard Club
Mountain View, CA

World PPA Shootout Results
1st Alan Lalic, $900
2nd Mike Peregoy, $500
3rd EZ Wadsworth, $325
4th Colin Mazaika, $200
5th Elmer Diwa, $150
5th David Vincent, $150
7th Horia Udrea, $100
7th Frank Nordmann, $100
9th Ed Ames, $75
9th John Hernandez, $75
9th Mike Langarcia, $75
9th Tony Kinney, $75
13th Alex Bradley, $50
13th Emerson Joiner, $50
13th Shin Hong, $50
13th Dante Rankin, $50

July 25

Mezz Pro-Am Tour

Drexeline Billiards
Drexel Hill, PA

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Legendary Francisco Bustamante; APA Co-Founders To Be Inducted Into BCA Hall Of Fame

Legendary stick man Francisco Bustamante has been elected for induction into the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Hall of Fame in the Greatest Player Category. Co-founders of the American Poolplayers Association (APA) league system Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart have also been elected in the Meritorius Service category.

Bustamante, Bell and Hubbart will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 21, during a ceremony held in conjunction with the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Voting was conducted by the United States Billiard Media Association (USBMA) Hall of Fame Board, which consists of USBMA Members, elected at-large members and living Hall of Fame Members. Induction is awarded to the player named on the most ballots.

In order to be eligible for the Greatest Player category, a player must be at least 40 years old; must have been playing professionally for at least 10 years; and must have significant wins in U.S.-based events.

More information is provided in the BCA press release reprinted below.

Francisco Bustamante, Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart Gain BCA Hall of Fame Election

Filipino star enters in Greatest Player category; Hubbart, Bell recognized for Meritorious Service

BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 27, 2010 — Francisco Bustamante, one of the most accomplished players to come out of the Philippines, has been elected for induction into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in voting conducted by the United States Billiard Media Association. Also, in the Meritorious Service, Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart, founders of the American Poolplayers Association league system in 1979, were elected for induction. Bustamante, 46; Bell, 66; and Hubbart, 69, will be formally inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 during ceremonies in conjunction with the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Chesapeake, Va.

Bustamante, nicknamed “Django” because of a resemblance to the lead character in a Western film of the same name, was born in the Philippine province of Tarlac. He began playing pocket billiards at 10-years-old, and began competing in the United States in the early 1990s. He hit his stride in the United States in 1997, winning two Camel Pro Billiard Tour events. He was named Billiards Digest’s and Pool & Billiard Magazine’s Player of the Year in 1998 after notching four major tournament wins, and he earned Billiards Digest’s and Inside Pool’s Player of the Year titles again in 2002, winning five major events in the U.S. and abroad, and finishing second at the World Pool Championship.

Bustamante finally garnered his first recognized world title in 2010, winning the WPA World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. His strongest game is 9-ball, where his blockbuster break is legendary; although he is more than proficient at all the major games, as witnessed by his All-Around title at the 2008 Derby City Classic.

Upon hearing the news that he would be the second Filipino in the BCA Hall of Fame (after Efren Reyes’ 2003 induction), Bustamante was completely shocked.

“Really? I’m still young!” Bustamante said. “Two things that I always dreamed of were to be world champion and to be in the Hall of Fame. This year both dreams came true. We all dream to be in the BCA Hall of Fame, so I am very happy today. We are heroes in the Philippines, but for the American people to recognize me like this makes me very proud.”

Longtime road players and accomplished professionals, Bell and Hubbart decided to reach out to the grassroots players in 1979 through an amateur pool league they called the American Poolplayers Association (APA). Nationwide league systems like the BCA National 8-Ball leagues and Valley National Eight-Ball Association were just getting started as well, but Bell and Hubbart opted to go in another direction. They developed a handicapping system to allow players of all skill levels to compete against each other. With the handicapping system in place, they began franchising their concept.

Bell and Hubbart spent several years pouring all of their time and resources into developing the APA and its franchise system. With the support of sponsorship from Busch beer as a title sponsor beginning in 1981, the APA grew from 1,000 to 100,000 members over the next decade. Their ability to garner such non-endemic national sponsorship allowed the APA to grow into a league that today has more than a 250 thousand players and 270 franchisees. As a matter of fact, the APA was listed earlier this year as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “10 Great Franchises For Less Than $20,000.”

“We were outcasts for a long time because we were looked at as competition,” Bell said. “But Larry and I just tried to build a business and do something worthwhile. We’ve always felt like we’ve done things that have helped the industry.”

Voting was conducted by the USBMA Hall of Fame Board, which consists of USBMA members, elected At-Large members and living members of the BCA Hall of Fame. Induction is awarded to the player named on the most ballots. A second player is elected if he or she is named on more than 70 percent of the ballots. Bustamante (56 percent) was the leading vote getter, edging out familiar foe Ralf Souquet (46 percent) and fellow Filipino Jose Parica (44 percent). No other players were named on more than a quarter of submitted ballots.

According to BCA Hall of Fame voting rules, this was the last year of eligibility for Parica and Jim Mataya in the Greatest Players category. Both individuals will be past the age of 60 in 2011, which means the Veterans Committee will consider them for possible induction in future years.

To be eligible for consideration in the Greatest Player category, a player a) must be 40 years old by Jan. 1 of the year of their induction; b) must have a professional playing career of at least 10 years; and c) must have recorded significant achievements in U.S.-based events.

Hubbart and Bell were placed on the general election ballot after the USBMA’s Board’s 10-member Meritorious Service Committee named them as its official nominee. Thirty-one of 39 board members voted to approve Hubbart and Bell, with a simple majority required for induction.

About Billiard Congress of America

Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through BCA leadership. The BCA seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody’s game. For more information, visit or call 303.243.5070.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2010 International Speed Pool Challenge & Trick Shot Magic: September 1-2

The 2010 International Speed Pool Challenge and 2010 Trick Shot Magic will be hosted by the ESPN Zone at the New York - New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from September 1-2, 2010.

The International Speed Pool Challenge will feature four top players competing for the $25,000 purse.

2009 and 2006 International Speed Pool Champion Luc Salvas
2008 and 2007 International Speed Pool Champion Bobby McGrath
Guinness Book of World Records Speed Pool title holder Dave Pearson
World Straight Pool Champion Thorsten Hohmann

Trick Shot Magic will feature eight top players vying for a $30,000 purse.

2009 Trick Shot Magic Champion Andy Segal
2008 and 2002 Trick Shot Magic Champion Tom Rossman
2007 and 2005 Trick Shot Champion Stefano Pelinga
2009 Ultimate Trick Shot Champion and 2008 World Champion Jamey Gray
2010 World Artistic Pool Masters Champion Nick Nikolaidis
2009 XTM Masters Trick Shots Champion Florian Kohler
2010 Ultimate Trick Shot Challenge Champion Dave Nangle
2010 Artistic Pool Masse/Special Arts Champion Gabi Visiou

Admission to both events is free. The Semifinal and Final rounds of each event will be telecast by ESPN beginning in November.

A press release with further information is reprinted below.

2010 Speed Pool and Trick Shot Magic Announced

The premier special events in professional billiards will be hosted by ESPN Zone in Las Vegas on September 1 - 2. The Semifinal matches and the Championship match of both events will be telecast by ESPN beginning in November.

International Speed Pool Challenge will feature four top players from an international roster competing for a purse of winner-take-all $25,000. Luc Salvas, the 2009 and 2006 International Speed Pool Champion, will to defend his title. Bobby McGrath, also a two-time winner, captured the title International Speed Pool Champion in 2008 and 2007. Dave Pearson, the 2009 and 2008 International Speed Pool Runnerup holds a Guinness Book of World Records Speed Pool listing. Thorsten Hohmann, World Straight Pool Champion, secured a berth in the event through recent Speed Pool competition.

The winner will claim the title of International Speed Pool Champion on September 1. The game is all action and offense, with players competing against the clock to run racks in the fastest possible time. A match consists of two sets, the first set a variation of Straight Pool and the second set regulation 8-Ball. Players routinely run a rack of fifteen balls in one-minute-fifteen-seconds or less. Tied sets result in a blistering one rack Sudden Death.

Trick Shot Magic will present eight international stars of the sport contending for a purse of $30,000 on September 1 - 2. Andy Segal, the 2009 Trick Shot Magic Champion. Tom Rossman, the 2008 and 2002 Trick Shot Magic Champion. Stefano Pelinga, the 2007 and 2005 Trick Shot Magic Champion. Jamey Gray, the 2009 Ultimate Trick Shot Champion and 2008 World Champion. Nick Nikolaidis, the 2010 World Artistic Pool Masters Champion. Florian Kohler, the 2009 XTM Masters Trick Shots Champion. Dave Nangle, the 2010 Ultimate Trick Shot Challenge Champion. Gabi Visiou, the 2010 Artistic Pool Masse / Special Arts Champion.

The Trick Shot Magic winner will claim the crown on September 2. Format for the tournament consists of twenty artistic show shots in each match. Players will execute a challenge shot of their choice, and their opponents are required to duplicate the shot or lose a point. The players alternate shots in two-man head-to-head matches, performing intricate trick shots meant to stymie their opponents. A sudden death tiebreaker to decide a match will require an eight rail bank shot onto the face of a $100 bill. In the ten year history of the event, the Championship has been decided several times in sudden death.

ESPN will telecast three 1-hour programs each on Trick Shot Magic and International Speed Pool Challenge. ESPN Zone will make the events Admission Free for spectators. ESPN Zone is a 50,000-square-foot sports-themed dining and entertainment complex located at the New York - New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (phone: 702-933-3776). The tournaments are sponsored by Fusion Billiards Tables, Aramith Tournament Balls, Simonis Cloth, Mueller Recreational Products, Executive Billiards Delta-13 Rack, AcCue Shot Training Device, and Silver Cup Chalk. The tournaments will be produced by Billiards International, Ltd.

Ample free parking is available at the New York - New York Hotel & Casino. The INTERNATIONAL SPEED POOL CHALLENGE Semifinals and Championship Finals will begin at 4 PM on September 1. The TRICK SHOT MAGIC Semifinals and Championship Finals will begin at 4 PM on September 2. Admission is free and those attending should plan to arrive early. For more information call: 860-379-8414.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

World Cup of Pool Venue, First Round Draw and Schedule Announced

The World Cup of Pool, which will take place from September 7-12, will be held at the Midtown Wing of Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila, the Philippines.

The first round matches will be a race to eight and will be held from Tuesday through Thursday, when the second round will get underway.

First Round Draw

Philippines A vs. Thailand
Indonesia vs. India

China vs. Belgium
Italy vs. Korea

Germany vs. Hong Kong
Canada vs. Russia

England vs. Qatar
France vs. Australia

Philippines B vs. Croatia
Spain vs. Vietnam

Holland vs. Austria
Finland vs. Singapore

Taiwan vs. Malaysia
Japan vs. Slovenia

USA vs. Sweden
Poland vs. Malta


Tuesday, September 7

Round 1

Race to 8 starting at Noon

Canada vs. Russia

Indonesia vs. India

3:00 p.m.

China vs. Belgium

Italy vs. Korea

6:00 p.m.

Germany vs. Hong Kong

Philippines (A) vs. Thailand

Wednesday, September 8

Round 1

Race to 8 starting at Noon

England vs. Qatar

3:00 p.m.

Japan vs. Slovenia

Poland vs. Malta

6:00 p.m.

Taiwan vs. Malaysia

Philippines (B) vs. Croatia

Thursday, September 9

Rounds 1 & 2

Race to 8 starting at Noon

Holland vs. Austria

Finland vs. Singapore

France vs. Australia

3:00 p.m.

USA vs. Sweden

Spain vs. Vietnam

6:00 p.m.

Taiwan/Malaysia vs. Japan/Slovenia

Philippines (A)/Thailand vs. Indonesia/India

Friday, September 10

Round 2

Race to 8 starting at Noon

Germany/Hong Kong vs. Canada/Russia

England/Qatar vs. France/Australia

3:00 p.m.

China/Belgium vs. Italy/Korea

Holland/Austria vs. Finland/Singapore

6:00 p.m.

USA/Sweden vs. Poland/Malta

Philippines (B)/Croatia vs. Spain/Vietnam

Saturday, September 11

Quarter Finals

Race to 9 starting at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 12

Semi Finals

Race to 9 starting at 1:00 p.m.


Race to 10 starting at 6:00 p.m.

A press release from Matchroom Sport with further information is reprinted below.

World Cup of Pool Venue and Draw Announced

Super Mall to Host Fifth Annual Team Pool Extravaganza

MATCHROOM SPORT is delighted to announce that the venue for the forthcoming World Cup of Pool will be the Midtown Wing of Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila.

Originally built in the 1980s, Robinsons houses more than 330 local shops, dining outlets and entertainment facilities and the Midtown Wing, built in mid-2008, makes it the largest Robinson's Mall in the Philippines.

Matchroom Sport will be installing an arena with several hundred seats and there will be balcony space for hundreds more. All the action will be covered by Solar Sports for live coverage across the Philippines.

With the first round draw already made, 2009 champions Philippines A, consisting of Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante, will open their defence with a match against the unheralded team from Thailand (Nitiwat Kanjanasri & Surathep Phoochalam).

2008 Champions, Team USA, this year represented by Rodney Morris and Johnny Archer, face a tough opener in the shape of the Swedish duo of Marcus Chamat and Thomas Mehtala, while the highly fancied English pair of Karl Boyes and Daryl Peach will be optimistic as they face off against Qatar.

Last year’s finalists Germany will also be fancying their chances as they meet Hong Kong, a team they beat 8-0 in the first round last year. The German team consists of Ralf Souquet and Oliver Ortmann.

The well-thought of Philippines B team of Dennis Orcollo and Roberto Gomez face the Croatian pair of the up-and-coming Carlo Dalmatin and experienced Philipp Stojanovic.

Featuring 32 two-player teams representing 31 countries, the World Cup of Pool takes place from 7th to 12th September and features a $250,000 prize fund with $60,000 going to the winning pair.

First round matches are a race to eight and commence on Tuesday 7th September at midday, concluding on Thursday around 18.00, when the second round gets underway.

The Draw

Philippines A (1) v Thailand
Indonesia (16) v India

China (8) v Belgium
Italy (9) v Korea
Germany (5) v Hong Kong
Canada (12) v Russia

England (4) v Qatar
France (13) v Australia
Philippines B (3) v Croatia
Spain (14) v Vietnam

Holland (6) v Austria
Finland (11) v Singapore

Taiwan (7) v Malaysia
Japan (10) v Slovenia

USA (2) v Sweden
Poland (15) v Malta


Tuesday September 7 Wednesday September 8

Round 1 – race to 8 Round 1 – race to 8

12.00 noon 12.00 noon

Canada v Russia England v Qatar

Indonesia v India France v Australia

3.00 pm 3.00 pm

China v Belgium Japan v Slovenia

Italy v Korea Poland v Malta

6.00 pm 6.00 pm

Germany v Hong Kong Taiwan v Malaysia

Philippines A v Thailand Philippines B v Croatia

Thursday September 9 Friday September 10

Round 1 & 2– race to 8 Round 2 – race to 8

12.00 noon 12.00 noon

Holland v Austria Germany/H Kong v Canada/Russia

Finland v Singapore England/Qatar v France/Australia

3.00 pm 3.00 pm

USA v Sweden China/Belgium v Italy/Korea

Spain v Vietnam Holland/Austria v Finland/Singapore

6.00 pm 6.00 pm

Taiwan/Malaysia v Japan/Slovenia USA/Sweden v Poland/Malta

Philippines A/Thailand v Indonesia/India Philippines B/Croatia v Spain/Vietnam

Saturday September 11 Sunday September 12

Quarter Finals – race to 9 Semi Finals – race to 9

2.00 pm 1.00 pm

Quarter Final Semi Final 1

Quarter Final Semi Final 2

6.00 pm 6.00 pm Final - race to 10

Quarter Final

Quarter Final Final

By Matchroom Sport - 2010-07-26

Monday, July 26, 2010

Upcoming Pool Tournaments for the Week of July 26-August 1

July 28-August 1

WPBA U.S. Open
Riverwind Casino
Norman, OK

July 31

Mezz Pro-Am Women's Tour
Mr. Cue Billiards
Lindenhurst, NY

July 31-August 1

Great Southern Billiard Tour
Kylie's Sports Bar and Grill
Cornelius, NC

July 31-August 1

Third Annual Open Black Gold BCAPL 9-Ball Tournament
Tulsa, OK

July 31-August 1

Triniti Tour
First Break Cafe
Sterling, VA

August 1

Mezz Pro-Am Tour
Mr. Cue Billiards
Lindenhurst, NY

Friday, July 23, 2010

Winners Circle: Pool Tournament Winners for the Week of July 12-18

July 16-17

2010 ACUI Collegiate National 9-Ball Championships
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI


Women's Division
Lindsey Dorn of Perdue University, $1,000 ACUI scholarship

Men's Division
Raymond Linares of Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus, $1,000 ACUI scholarship

Michelle Yim of University of Houston
Kevin Duong of San Francisco State University

Best Breaks
Bonnie Ignacki of Virginia Tech
Charles Crouch of the University of Houston

Tournament Brackets

July 17

Jose Blaze Tour
One Shot Billiards
Somerset, NJ

July 17

Tri-State Tour Invitational
A's & D's and Finals

Castle Billiards
East Rutherford, NJ


Grand Champion
John Trobiano

A+/A Class
1st: Daniel Cintron
2nd: Michael Wong
3rd: John Alicea

A+/A Class Finals Winner
Daniel Cintron

B+/B Class
1st: Scott Simonetti
2nd: Scott Bannon
3rd: Guy Iannuzzi

B Class
1st: John Trobiano
2nd: Geoffrey Bauer
3rd: Jacob Schwartz

B+/B Class Finals Winner
John Trobiano

C+/C Class
1st: Ryan McCarthy
2nd: Mike Harrington
3rd: Jason Egeln

C Class
1st: Ramilo Tangloa
2nd: Scott Abramowitz
3rd: Yomaylin Feliz

C+/C Class Finals Winner
Ryan McCarthy

D+/D Class
1st: Nick Verducci
2nd: William Zarzour
3rd: Rick Shellhouse

D+/D Class Finals Winner
Nick Verducci

1st: Sandie Patarino
2nd: Rhio Anne Flores
3rd: Borana Andoni

Pro/Open Class Winner
Mhet Vergara

Outstanding Player of the Tear
Scott Simonetti

Most Improved Player of the Year
Sandie Patarino
Sportsman of the Year
Daniel Cintron

July 17-18

2010 Virginia State 9-Ball Championships
Dramond Billiards
Midlothian, VA

2010 Virginia State 9-Ball Championships Results
1st Brandon Shuff, $2,100
2nd Larry Kressel, $1,600
3rd David Hunt, $1,000
4th John Newton, $700
5th Chris Futrell, $500
5th Reyjon Carmona, $500
7th Rob Leeper, $400
7th Greg Taylor, $400
9th Tim Colvin, $300
9th Eric Moore, $300
9th John Mitcheltree, $300
9th Greg Gillian, $300
13th Alan Duty, $200
13th Chris Bruner, $200
13th Kirk Densmore, $200
13th Bill Duggan, $200
17th Greg Ferguson, $100
17th Mike Crowley, $100
17th Brian Keller, $100
17th Shorty Davis, $100
17th Ray Reyna, $100
17th Nigel Francis, $100
17th Jimmy Rose, $100
17th Chris Loar, $100

July 17-18

California Pool Players Tour
Break Time Billiards
Modesto, CA

California Pool Players Tour Results
1st Ramon Mistica, $1,000
2nd Ernesto Dominguez, $550
3rd Deo Alpojara, $300
4th Teymour Ansari, $200
5th Santos Sambajon, $175
5th Paul McCaffrey, $175
7th Oscar Dominguez, $150
7th Doug Whaley, $150
9th Joe Palley, $125
9th Jack Marsh, $125
9th Chris Cruz, $125
9th Mike Owens, $125
13th Amar Kang, $100
13th Rodney Wynn, $100
13th Ed Ramos, $100
13th John Butler, $100

July 17-18

Fast Eddie's Olhausen 9-Ball Tour
Fast Eddie's Billiards
Austin, TX

Fast Eddie's 9-Ball Tour Results
1st Rick Stanley, $1,200
2nd Sylver Ochoa, $800
3rd Tommy Tokoph, $550
4th David Henson, $400
5th Brian Sanders, $250
5th James Davis, Jr., $250
7th Corey Dordek, $200
7th Dave Parker, $200
9th Al Mason, $160
9th Doug Young, $160
9th Mario Juarez, $160
9th Chris Lue, $160
13th David Gutierrez, $125
13th Mike Fowler, $125
13th Rocky Esquivel, $125
13th Chance Wilkerson, $125

July 17-18

GB9 British Grand Prix
Barcelo Daventry Hotel
Great Britain

Pro Cup Winner: Imran "The Maharaja" Majid
Challenge Cup Winner: Adam Shaw
Grand Prix Winner: Karl "Guapo" Boyes

July 17-18

Great Southern Billiard Tour
Michael's Billiards
Fairfield, OH

Great Southern Billiard Tour Results
1st Robert Frost, $1,000
2nd Alex Olinger, $500
3rd Joe Brown, $350
4th Joe Pierce, $200
5th Mike Leek, $125
5th Billy Thorpe, $125
7th Jordan Grubb, $50
7th Eric Hinx, $50

July 17-18

J. Pechauer Northeast Women's Tour
New Jersey State 9-Ball Championships

Raxx Pool Room, Sports Bar & Grill
West Hempstead, NY

July 17-18

New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships
Mezz Pro-Am Tour

Atlantic City Billiards
Egg Harbor, NJ

New Jersey State 8-Ball Championships Results
1st Manny Chau, $1,000
2nd Josh Brothers, $475
3rd "Forty", $390
4th Matt Krah, $225
5th Jose Cruz, $150
5th Joey Testa, $150
7th Randy Schwager, $125
7th Adam Kielar, $125

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The South Dakota Kid vs. The Iceman?

Check out this cool video from The Action Report. A friendly and open late-night dinner discussion between Shane "The South Dakota Kid" van Boening and Mika "The Iceman" Immonen covering the where's and when's of a hypothetical race to 100 10-Ball match up. That would be a must-see match!

The Conversation from Justin Collett on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scientists Use Billiards To Illustrate Quantum Mechanics Theory

I've heard of geometry being a useful billiards tool, but not quantum physics... until now.

In a recent article, post-doctoral researcher Adam Burke used billiards to illustrate a complex new theory in quantum mechanics being developed by a team of Arizona State University researchers. This new theory seeks to explain how the everyday world we experience through our senses stems from the world of atoms.

Although I don't 100% understand the theory, using billiards to illustrate complex scientific principles is pretty cool. Check out the article below.

Science fiction has nothing over quantum physics when it comes to presenting us with a labyrinthine world that can twist your mind into knots when you try to make sense of it.

A team of Arizona State University researchers, however, believe they’ve opened a door to a clearer view of how the common, everyday world we experience through our senses emerges from the ethereal quantum world.

Physicists call our familiar everyday environment the classical world. That’s the world in which we and the things around us appear to have measurable characteristics such as mass, height, color, weight, texture and shape.

The quantum world is the world of the elemental building block of matter – atoms. Atoms are combinations of neutrons and protons and electrons bound to a nucleus by electrical attraction.

But most of an atom – more than 99 percent of it – is empty space filled with invisible energy.

So from a quantum-world view, we and the things around us are mostly empty space. The way we experience ourselves and other things in the classical world is really just “a figment of our imaginations shaped by our senses,” said ASU Regents’ Professor David Ferry.

Akin to evolution

For more than a century, scientists and engineers have struggled to come to a satisfactory conclusion about the missing link that bridges the classical and quantum worlds and enables a transition from that world of mostly empty space to the familiar environment we experience through our senses.

One proposed scenario based on these questions was investigated in a dissertation written by Adam Burke to earn his doctorate in electrical engineering in 2009 from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

To try working out an answer to some of the questions, Burke teamed with Ferry, a professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering; Tim Day, who recently earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from the school; physicist Richard Akis, an associate research professor in the school; Gil Speyer, an assistant research scientist for the engineering schools’ High Performance Computing Initiative; and Brian Bennett, a materials scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory.

The result is an article published recently in the research journal Physical Review Letters and featured on, a science, technology and research news website. It describes the transition from quantum to classical world as a “decoherence” process that involves a kind of evolutionary progression somewhat analogous to Charles Darwin’s concept of natural selection.

Darwinian processes

The authors built on two theories called decoherence and quantum Darwinism, both proposed by Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Wojciech Zurek.

The decoherence concept holds that many quantum states “collapse” into a “broad diaspora,” or dispersion, while interacting with the environment. Through a selection process, other quantum states arrive at a final stable state, called a pointer state, which is “fit enough” (think “survival of the fittest” in Darwinian terms) to be transmitted through the environment without collapsing.

These single states with the lowest energy can then make high-energy copies of themselves that can be described by the Darwinian process and observed on the macroscopic scale in the classical world.

The experiments arose from using advanced scanning gate microscopy to obtain images of what are called quantum dots.

Entering ‘forbidden space’

Burke, now doing research in a post-doctoral program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, explains it like this:

Imagine the quantum dot as a billiard table in which the quantum point contacts are the two openings through which a ball could enter or leave the dot, and the interior walls of the dot act as bumpers.

If there were no friction on the table, a billiard ball with an initial trajectory would bounce off of these walls until eventually finding an exit and leaving the dot (this is the decoherence part).

Or it might find a trajectory that does not couple to the openings and would therefore be a surviving pointer state, what is called a diamond state.

One difference between the classical physics of billiard balls and the quantum physics of electrons is that an electron can tunnel through “forbidden phase space” to enter this diamond state, whereas a billiard ball entering from outside the dot would not find itself able to reach this diamond trajectory.

Bouncing around quantum dots

It is this isolated classical trajectory, and the buildup of an electron wave functions' amplitude along that trajectory, that is referred to as a scarred wave function.

To experimentally measure these scars, imagine that we can’t see inside the walls of our billiard table, but we can count the billiard balls exiting the table. This is what is normally measured with the conductance of the quantum dot and its environment.

“We measure the current through the dot, the numbers of ‘billiard balls’ passing through it per second, to try to see how this changes when we move our probe around the ‘billiard table,’ ” Ferry said.

Furthermore, there is the probe of the scanning gate microscope, which applies a small electric field. This can be pictured as a small circular bumper on the billiard table that can be moved around within the dot.

This small "bumper" is rastered left to right, top to bottom over the area of interest. If a ball is traveling along this diamond pattern it is perturbed by the bumper when it rasters into the trajectory.

Think of rastering like the way a television image works, with a pattern of scanning lines that cover the area on which the image is projected, or a set or horizontal lines composed of individual pixels that are used to form an image on a computer screen.

When this happens, the ball bounces off the perturbation, and takes a new course within the dot until finally coupling out one of the openings to be measured. The change in the ball’s motion appears as a change in the conductance – the number of balls going through the openings in a given time.

Smoking gun

Ferry explained: “With scanning gate microscopy, we monitor where these changes occur within the scans, and hopefully this gives us a map of the scarred wave functions corresponding to the pointer states.”

Quantum mechanically, he said, a new electron will tunnel right into the diamond state, so the measurement can continue until the whole area is mapped.

The data that came from the team’s experiment supports Zurek's theories of decoherence and quantum Darwinism, Burke said.

Ferry said these findings are just one step in a process that is open to conjecture, but they point toward a “smoking gun” for the existence of this quantum Darwinism and a new view in the search for evidence of how the quantum-to-classical world transition actually occurs.

If you can wrap your mind around all this, he said, “You open the door to a deeper understanding of what is really going on” at the core of physical reality.

Joe Kullman,
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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


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