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• 2013 Majors

CSI POOL
BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV
first time at the Rio (adios Riviera) and things get epic
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Hard Times 10-Ball Open
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
just a lil pre-Vegas warm up tournament
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
West Coast Challenge
$4,000 added One Pocket
$10,000 added 10-Ball
California Billiard Club
Mountain View, CA
last event at this location before they close (sadface)
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Cole Dickson Memorial 9-Ball
Family Billiards
San Francisco, CA
for legendary road player Cole Dickson
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Pots 'N' Pans Memorial 9-Ball
Pool Sharks
Las Vegas, NV
celebrating hustler Bernard Rogoff, better known as "Pots 'N' Pans"
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR35 | Dennis Orcollo vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second and third days
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR33 | Francisco Bustamante vs Alex Pagulayan
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second (1P) and part of third (10B) day
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR32 | Ronnie Alcano vs Jayson Shaw
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
GREAT match • Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament coverage
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Chet Itow Memorial 9-Ball
California Billiards Club
Mountain View, CA
drank too much to do good coverage, but here it is, anyway
 
CSI POOL
Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
let Robocop show you how to run a six-pack, Citizen
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR31 | Mike Dechaine vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
ALL HAIL THE HOVERCAT
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR30 | Darren Appleton vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
the boys are back in town
 
 
10+1 INTERVIEWS
» Huidji See
» Donny Mills
 
 
EVERYBODY WAS KUNG-FU FIGHTING
the best kind of New Year's Sandwich
that's not okay
 
 
READER'S CHOICE
you know that I'm no good
on being a reasonable human being with realistic expectations
 
instasham series
stories from the distant and slightly-less-distant past
 
the only people for me are the mad ones
questions, tournaments, bets, running 26.2 miles

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PARTY ANIMALS
The Action Report
purveyor of fine challenge matches between highly-skilled players of note
 
PUBLICATION
Cue Times Billiard News
Colorado's best resource for all things pool-related
 
CASE
Jack Justis Cases
the choice of champions
 
CUE
Sugartree Customs
made by Eric "Slower Than Snails" Crisp, if and when he feels like it
 
CUE
Tucker Cue Works
"If you feel the need to ask me how your cue is progressing every week then maybe there is a better choice of cuemakers out there for you."
 
MEAT
Kurzweils' Country Meats
yes, meat

progress

 

yeah I like sparkly things

 

this post sponsored by MMCA

 

I recently played a two-man tournament for a decent sum–nothing too crazy, just something to remind me of the joys of sparring mano-a-womano. After six-and-a-half hours, it was hill-hill and I lost. It had been a fantastic, gritty, grueling match to the end and about a half-dozen people lasted through the whole thing. As I was leaving into the early dawn, one of the half-dozen stopped me.

“We were talking over there and we think your shoes–your shoes might have made you lose.”

As often happens with some of my matches, there had been considerably more bet on the side than had been thrown in the middle. This dude (and maybe the other dudes) had maybe bet a little (or a lot).

I will never get away from a match–win or lose, before or after–without commentary judging my choices. “You didn’t practice enough.” “You did too many drills and now you can’t play naturally.” “You shoulda played safe.” “You shoulda went for the shot.” “You shouldn’t even have played, you couldn’t win, how could you not know that?”

Those are to be expected.

What I never expected to hear as a gambler was judgment on peripherals.

Oatmeal and coffee: “That’s all you’re going to eat?! That’s not enough!” Four fried chicken legs drizzled with honey, a side of coleslaw, two biscuits, and a Bloody Mary: “You’re really gonna eat all that?! You’ll get too sleepy!” Sixteen shots of varying levels of artificially flavored alcoholic sweetness: “What the fuck are you doing?! You can’t play drunk!” Wearing jeans: “Those jeans are too tight, you won’t be able to stretch for shots.” Wearing leggings: “Won’t you be cold? You’re always cold. You’ll freeze.” Wearing sweatpants: “Why are you slumming it? Didn’t do laundry?”

This is why I always bet my own.

So I can do, wear, eat, drink whatever the fuck I want.

If this dude had got in on the action, he could only have done it on the side. He probably lost money and was a little irritated by it. Still, it was nice that instead of commenting on my play, he only disliked my choice of footwear. I’m sure male gamblers must go through the same song-and-dance explanations with their side bettors. I gave him the best betting advice he could ever receive.

“Don’t like my shoes? Don’t fucking bet.”

Progress is rarely achieved in a day or a decade.

Baby steps, man. Baby steps.

 

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