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A Record Breaking Year

March 31, 2014 by Amy Kane, Vegas Billiards Buzz

See photos >> that Ludwig Miller has posted!
He is selling printed copies on archival paper (8 x 10) for $10.00 ea. or $50.00 for 6.  The photos are sprayed with a sealer, and are ready to mount.

Ludwig Miller
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Thanks to the many, many people involved, ALL expectations were exceeded in this year's Western Women's 9-Ball Charity Challenge at the Rum Runner Tropicana on March 29-30th, 2014. This was the tournament's fifth year and judging by the turnout, there will be many more to come. The tournament has been created to benefit The Shade Tree shelter that houses abused women, children & their pets and is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. They believe that no one should ever have to endure a state of homelessness, existing in fear for personal safety and without the means to meet even the most basic of human needs - food and shelter. DeAndre Esteen is the Director of Development (pictured with me below) and we are excited to maintain an ongoing relationship with this event.

Once again, I am so proud of our pool playing community that always seems to come together for a great cause and make a difference. This year's tournament drew 42 women players from California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada! From a portion of the entry fees, 20% of the player's auction, direct cash donations and raffle ticket proceeds we raised $2,365.00 CASH plus donated cases FULL of shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, feminine items, bath salt, children's socks & underwear, bar soap, body wash, packaged food, cleansing wipes, baby powder, combs, razors, sewing kits, toothbrushes, tote bags, hairspray, Q-tips, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, paper towels, etc. The raffle prizes that were donated were incredible to name only a few: night helipcopter flight for 2, gift certificates for golf, pool, smogs, dinners, bar tabs, liquor, magic racks, pool cues and cases, t-shirts, hats, gift baskets, original art, etc. The raffle proceeds alone were $900.00! And what's becoming the coveted item and annual tradition is the Wells Fargo full-size plush pony (Shamrock this year) that will go to lucky winner, Edith Guelker. The pony has been donated by Stacy Allsup every year and Stacy is now the only holder of 2 Western Women's Challenge Champion titles! Stacy won in 2012 and bested the field again this year and defeated Christina Gonzalez in the final 2 sets. CONGRATULATIONS to both ladies on an outstanding performance.

Our main sponsors that were responsible for the $1,000.00 added money to the tournament prize fund were: The Longhorn Casino, Pool Sharks, Las Vegas Pool Players Association, APA Las Vegas, TAP Las Vegas, Southern Nevada 9-Ball Tavern Owners Assoc., along with the co-producers of this event: Mark Estes with CSI/BCAPL/USAPL and Amy Kane & Nicole Civetz, founders and operators of VegasBilliardsBuzz.com. And of course, last but not least, a huge thanks to our wonderful hosts at the Rum Runner, Geno & Gordie Hill.

I know most don't want recognition for donating to charity, but what you all did for this event is more than that. And I'm not doing it because I have to, I'm doing it because I want to. I deeply apologize if I forget anyone, but shout outs to:
Rum Runner - 1st-3rd place trophies for the winners this year
Sharon Gottschalk - cash donation
Cindy Chappell - running a TAP qualifier/pre-event to raise $ and product donations, raffle donations
Tina Larsen - she was adamant about not playing and donating 100% of her time to just running the tournament for us in which she did an exceptional job. PLUS she donated cases of shampoo, conditioner, etc.
Amanda Connolly - 2 boxes full of products
Marilyn Kamealoha - (I think she donated a bag of products)
Donna Schwitters - box full of products
Rhonda Murray - tote full of products
Christy Robertson - during the raffle gave me a $20 gift certificate to Steiner's to use as a consolation prize to anyone that bought raffle tickets but didn't win anything else
Dee Dee Carballo - offered to deliver any donations to the Shade Tree
Jason Kane - helped with raffle drawing and organization
Tony Rapone, Joe Cannella, John Kutcher, Chris Adlawan, Elle Reid, Debra Aarens, Carlo Butto. Moon Civetz, Gina Mann, Marv Rethman, Mark Estes, Scott & Tina & Mark Moden, John McCarthy, Brian Miller - raffle contributors
The list of raffle donations can be found on the event's Facebook page >>
And thanks to all of the people who bought raffle tickets.
Full results are on Results page >>



Congratulations THELOU TEPAIT!
2014 Doc Hill Memorial 9-Ball Champion
see brackets at the bottom of this page >>

Congratulations SHANE VAN BOENING!
2014 Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Champion
(4th year in a row!)
see brackets at the bottom of this page >>

Skip Maloney - AzB Staff
Mar. 24, 2014



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Justin Collett (TAR Founder) Joins CSI
CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 27, 2014)CSI is proud to announce that Justin Collett, an original founder of The Action Report (TAR), is now the new CSI Media Manager.  In his new role, Collett’s responsibilities will include CSI live streaming, recorded content management, print ad development, website graphics, YouTube channel management, Facebook pages management, and much more.

Over the last seven years as the face of TAR, Collett has been the industry leader in live streaming of billiards events and has built an impeccable reputation of customer service and quality.  In that time, TAR produced 39 challenge matches featuring many of the best players on the planet with unique formats and stunning quality.

Earlier this year, Collett announced that TAR 39, Shane Van Boening vs. Efren Reyes, would be the last TAR match.  However, as one door closed another opened.  Ozzy Reynolds, the new CSI Manager, saw an opportunity and led the effort to obtain Collett.  He explains that “it is extremely rare to find a person with Justin’s knowledge, skills, and reputation right at your fingertips.  It only took a few minutes of conversation with Justin to realize that he is what we need.” 

After that final TAR match, Collett assumed that he would begin a new chapter in his life that did not involve billiards.  However, after several discussions with Reynolds, it became clear that they had common goals.  Collett explained his decision to join CSI by saying, “I believe that with the new direction it’s taking, CSI can build something special and I would like to be a part of it.”

With this move, CSI can now consolidate many previously outsourced activities and better control its product.  Additionally, Collett brings a wealth of industry knowledge and relationships that will allow CSI to strengthen its position.  Please join us in welcoming Justin Collett to the CSI team!

CSI is dedicated to providing more choices for all players.  CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League (BCAPL), USA Pool League (USAPL), US Bar Table Championships, Jay Swanson Memorial, US Open One Pocket Championship, US Open 8-Ball Championship, US Open 10-Ball Championship, and much more. Visit www.playcsipool.com, www.playbca.com, and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions.


Ozzy Reynolds
Manager, CueSports International (CSI)
2041 Pabco Rd, Henderson, NV 89011
Phone (702) 719-7665
Fax (702) 307-1609

Congratulations to Dan Parish, skill level 5, for qualifying for APA Singles Nationals in April 2014.

21st March

2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup

Wilson names USA Squad

FOLLOWING ON from his appointment in January, 2014 USA PartyPoker Mosconi Cup captain MARK WILSON today names his squad of eight players who will be tasked with winning pool’s most prestigious team trophy for the first time since 2009.

Wilson has opted for a blend of experience and youth and his eight-man squad will be reduced down to the five who will travel to Blackpool, England at the end of November to contest the 21st annual Mosconi Cup.

Head of the pack and named as one of his two vice-captains is SHANE VAN BOENING, who will be making his eighth appearance in the event. The 30 year-old South Dakota native said, "I have been looking forward to another chance to win in the biggest setting. Winning is what I am focused on every day, and I want this one more than ever.”

Wilson added, “Any reasonable person who was building a new team would look to have Shane to build around given his professionalism and success.  Even more importantly, his character and principles are just the thing for new players to emulate.  He sets a great example, and I expect to rely on him for leadership this year.
“He routinely excels against the strongest players and deepest fields.  He exemplifies the work ethic, sportsmanship, and proficiency expected from all members of the team.  Team USA could not have a better leader on the table.”

Looking to make his second appearance in the Mosconi Cup after being a member of the team that successfully retained the trophy in 2006 is ‘Mr 400’ JOHN SCHMIDT. The 40 year old, now residing in California, is the oldest member of the squad and is thrilled at the prospect, "Being chosen for this Team USA and the chance to play for a Mosconi Cup is the most humbling experience and the biggest honor of my life."

Wilson is delighted to be resurrecting Schmidt’s Mosconi Cup prospects; “I am pleased with what John brings to the table beyond his stellar play. He is passionate about pool and a very approachable person.  He is blessed with a keen sense of humor and does not take himself too seriously. He comes up with very thought provoking points for consideration and positive suggestions that will be quite a plus for our team." 

Looking to make his eighth appearance is Prince of Pool, COREY DEUEL, who is hoping to add to his three Mosconi Cup wins.

"The last time that I played was the last time that the US won and I have some new ideas to offer for preparation of this year's team - concepts that I will share with every team member. The Blackpool venue is so inspiring that I can hardly wait for December."

The 36 year-old who is also an active snooker player, was an easy choice for the captain; “I felt that he has not only experience but also a youthful exuberance and fresh perspective that were too compelling for him not to be included. I view Corey as a huge asset to our team.”

The fourth member of the squad is 30 year-old BRANDON SHUFF who received a Mosconi Cup baptism of fire at the York Hall on his only previous appearance in 2012.

"This guy has a ton of heart along with a great work ethic, and will be primed for a great year,” said Wilson. “He puts himself out there by playing many events throughout the US and I am pleased to have him on the team."

Shuff is under no illusions as to the job in hand; "Team USA has a lot to prove this year and I believe I can be a valuable asset to our team's structure. I believe in Mark Wilson and the future of pool, and am willing to do whatever it takes to bring the Mosconi Cup home."

The first of the potential debutants is the highly-rated JUSTIN HALL, the 26 year-old from Palm Harbor, Florida.

"I have known of this kid’s talent and all-round skills for years, and now is the time that all of his previous success and experience will make the difference," said Wilson.

A proven champion at both banks and one-pocket, Hall is determined to take his chance, “I always wanted to make the Mosconi Cup team, and now that the opportunity is here, I will further intensify my training. I love being under pressure to perform and am looking forward to both the challenge to make the final five, and the opportunity to win on the biggest stage."

Another Mosconi Cup veteran hoping to return to the fray is California’s OSCAR DOMINGUEZ, who was part of 2009’s winning team on his only other appearance.

"The pinnacle of my career was the 2009 Mosconi Cup victory; it was quite an amazing experience and I am very grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the team in 2014,” said Dominguez.

“I'm looking forward to working with Mark Wilson and the seven other great players selected. I feel I'm a better, more seasoned, and smarter player than in 2009 and I am eager to start the preparation for a Mosconi Cup victory in 2014.”

Wilson added, "Oscar epitomizes the new face of the sport - positivity, work ethic, passion, and great attitude. I played many times against his father Ernesto, and I knew this kid would be an ideal candidate. Beyond being respectful he is just the kind of guy that I would want by my side in combat.”

The second rookie in the squad is 26 year-old JUSTIN BERGMAN who hails from Fairview Heights in Illinois. Justin has many regional victories and one major tournament win in the One Pocket division at the Southern Classic in 2012.

"Justin has been a good player since childhood; able to break and run out a rack on a 9' table since he was just 11 years-old. Given his recent form he will generate some real excitement and quite possibly shake up the pool hierarchy,” said Mark Wilson.

Bergman added, "I have only dreamed of ever making Team USA and going to the Mosconi Cup. I have been very dedicated the last couple of years and feel that I am improving and getting results. This is the next step."

The final piece in the Team USA jigsaw puzzle is Connecticut-based rookie JEREMY SOSSEI. One of the strongest players in the northeast, he has many regional tournament victories, and strong showings against some of the best players in the world.

Wilson commented, "Jeremy is a solid candidate that tends to let his cue do the talking. I feel that he may have been overlooked in the past and I am thrilled to have him as a team member.  He will contribute a great deal to the US effort in 2014."

The 34 year-old said, "Getting the call to possibly represent the USA in the Mosconi Cup has been a dream come true. I'm ecstatic! I've been working hard on my game the last couple of years and I believe I'm ready. With team work we can get the Cup back."


As well as Shane Van Boening, Mark Wilson has named DON WARDELL MD as his second Vice-Captain.
The 60 year-old is a practicing physician with a passion for billiards. Wardell has a strong interest in billiards history, sports medicine, training techniques, and biomechanics. He will be assisting Mark Wilson throughout the preparation over the coming months as well as in Blackpool when the event gets underway.

The 2014 PARTYPOKER.COM Mosconi Cup is sponsored by PartyPoker.com, the world's leading online poker site. The Official Table of the Mosconi Cup is supplied by Diamond Billiards, the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue and Mosconi Cup clothing is supplied by Universe.

Follow the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup of Facebook and Twitter @mosconicup

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com 


Includes the WPBL All Star Charity Billiards Challenge


LAS VEGAS, NV (March 21, 2014)

All WPBL Playoff matches from the league’s inaugural season will be free to view as of Friday March 21, 2014. The matches which were originally broadcast live from the WPBL Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and can be viewed by accessing the WPBL website.

The on-demand matches will not only include the league’s championship featuring Thorsten Hohmann’s Minnesota Outlaws vs. Johnny Archer’s Atlanta Scorpions, but will also include the “WPBL All Star Charity Billiards Challenge”. The charity challenge featured Filipino stars Dennis Orcollo and Carlo Biado as well as WPBL player Warren Kiamco facing off against the WPBL’s top players Darren Appleton, Thorsten Hohmann and John Morra.
WPBL President Larry Chiborak had this to say about making the matches available:  “The league playoffs truly showcase the game of Bonus Ball and are filled with drama, incredible shot making and a series of upsets that are sure to have any billiards fan on the edge of their seat and are just in time to enjoy during spring break!”
All eleven 2013-14 WPBL playoff matches and the “All Star Charity Billiards Challenge” can be viewed at: http://wpbltv.com/pages/playoff_archives

Please visit:  www.WPBLtv.com for additional announcements. As well as a complete listing of archived matches, standings, merchandise and more.

Web:  http://wpbltv.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wpbltvcom
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WPBLtv


Media Contact:
Kimberly Spies
800-951-9250 ext. 1


2014 US Bar Table Championships http://playbca.com/Events/2014USBarTableChampionships.aspx

2014 US Open One Pocket Championship http://playbca.com/Events/2014USOpenOnePocketChampionship.aspx

2014 Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament http://playbca.com/Events/2014JaySwansonMemorial.aspx


CSI Live Streaming & Video Capability

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 6, 2014) – CSI is proud to announce that it will begin live streaming its own events, Podcasts, challenge matches, instructional content, and much more.

Previously, live streaming and video recording of CSI content was done by The Action Report (TAR) as a collaborative effort with CSI.  Moving forward, this will be an internal capability.  CSI tournaments, Podcasts, challenge matches, instructional content, and other video content will be viewable from the CSI live streaming page, CSI Ustream channel, or CSI YouTube channel.

Please stay tuned and look for the new enhancements to our online presence in the coming months.

CSI Website: http://www.playcsipool.com/Home.aspx

CSI Live Streaming Page: http://www.playcsipool.com/LiveStreaming.aspx

CSI Ustream Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cuesports-international

CSI YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBRGZemSuj6k30FMQf4nJw

CSI is dedicated to creating more choices for all players.  In the past 9 years CSI has directly paid out $9,000,000 to players.  CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League.  CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship, the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit www.playcsipool.com, www.playbca.com, and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions.

Vegas Masters State Championship

tapThe 2014 Vegas Masters MVP Singles 8-Ball & 9-Ball State Championship tournaments will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 & 6 at Mickey's Cues & Brews.  The registration deadline is March 16.  There will be no late registration for this event.

Those placing in the top 10 of their MVP bracket in 2013 will have the opportunity to compete and win a travel package to Dallas, Texas to compete at TAP League Nationals in November.  Click here to learn more.

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2014 Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament
Rum Runner March 21-23rd, 2014

2014 Doc Hill Memorial 9-Ball Tournament
Rum Runner March 14-16th, 2014

The BCAPL & USAPL National Championships schedule & entry forms …

Events –

  • 38th BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships
  • 10th BCAPL National 9-Ball Championships
  • 4th USAPL National Championships
  • “The Greatest Pool Tournament in the World!”

BCAPL schedule & entry forms – are posted on the 2014 nationals event page on playbca.com -- CLICK HERE for entry forms and event dates

Green fees – We finally introduced green fees at the 2013 nationals, as requested by many of our players and League Operators in recent years.

  • Over 300 Diamond 7’ tables will be available for all the amateur events, plus Second Chance events, mini-tournaments, and practice
  • FREE Spectator General Admission to all pro matches for event participants

Green fees are paid by the players and teams when they enter.  Now, they can play pool to their hearts’ content at the Rio, with no concerns about paying table time while in Las Vegas.

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino – All rooms at the Rio are modern suites.  The group rates are $79 Sunday-Thursday & $129 Friday-Saturday.

  • CLICK HERE for Rio on-line room reservations, or
  • Call the Rio Reservation Center at (888) 746-6955, and use the following group code … SRCUE4

See you at the Rio in July!


Local Leagues:

Contact: John Lewis

APA Las Vegas
Contact: Marvin Rethman

Contact: Bill or Glenna Stock

Contact: Jim Thompson

Contact: Rhonda

TAP Las Vegas
Contact: Cindy or Jeff

UPA Las Vegas
Contact: Amy Tayam

Contact: Matt Zanatta

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Greg Kuhl, Dick Pickle, Jimmy Moore, Fred Boggs, Chris McCreary and the rest of the clan drove to Phoenix for the Annual Southwest Pocket Billiard Championships @ Bullshooters. Dick Pickle orders some french fries, someone else orders food and somebody asks Greg, "Do you want some french fries, Greg?". Greg's response, "No, I just had a couple of dicks."

"I keep choking on balls."

"Are u allergic to anything? My ex-wife."

"Im gonna go wash my hands....i just touched balls."

"Text typo from a consoling pool player in response to their friend's heartbreaking tournament losses, 'Well I understand, but you both shit well.'"

"Shane Van Boening's mother was a National Champion. And his grandfather played. So he's been playing since he was in diapers...and he'll probably play until he's in diapers again."

"Possible text typo from wife: "I have to run to the mall and will be there soon to watch your match. Lick some ass!"

"Your balls are obstacles for your opponent."

"Sticky balls...table 28...sticky balls."

"My cue is my horse and I ride it all night long."

"I will demoralize my opponent."

"I'm drinking beer because I haven't had anything to eat yet today. I need the calories."

"I look like a f___ing Samurai walking to the bus stop with these cues."

"Maybe you'd win if you stopped scratching your balls."

"We're gonna combine our scotch doubles power. My shaft...his butt."

Vegas Billiards Tour Player Ratings >>
(determined by Las Vegas Ratings Committee)

Player Ratings Definitions >>

In an effort to avoid any pre-tournament controversy, the ratings committee will not accept any Rating Appeal Forms or lower any player's rating within 30 days prior to any "Major" event. However, if a player has received a rating that is far below their true playing ability, whether it was by accident or from sandbagging, the Ratings Committee reserves the right to vote on and/or change a player's rating at any time.

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