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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

• LINKY LINKS

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

10+1 with Huidji See of the Netherlands

 

HOOCH! Huidji “Hooch” See is the 2011 World Ten Ball Champion. The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) withdrew sanctioning from the 2012 World Ten Ball Championships. Thus, Mr. See remains the defending champion going into the 2013 event scheduled for June in Oslo. I asked Mr. See a few questions about what it is like to be a professional pool player in his home country, the Netherlands.

 

In your home country, what defines who is an amateur and who is a professional player?

In my opinion, if you can pay all your bills from playing pool, you are a professional. But, our government doesn’t have any official guidelines.

 

Is it possible for a professional player to return to amateur status?

I think so, once a professional decides he or she does not want to make a living with pool anymore and for instance decides to have a job.

 

Does your country have an organization or an individual that determines who is a professional and who is an amateur in cuesports?

No, we don’t have that. We go through the EPBF [European Pocket Billiard Federation], the governing body of Europe. They use rankings to determine who goes to the World Championship.

 

What professional tour(s) do you currently play in?

I play as many tournaments as I can which are profitable in my opinion. But I think you are referring to the tour like the Eurotour. That is probably the only tour I always play.

 

What is one feature you would change on the tour(s) you play in, aside from increasing the prize money?

I would like to get the rules and the format standardized! We pool players play different rules over the world and that just does not make sense.

 

How does the government of your country help you as a professional athlete?

Yes the government helps top athletes very much in my country! They help financially and also try to make our lives easier. For instance they help us in arranging things like where you can find the best places to visit the gym or how you should handle your nutritions for your sport and they will even help you out with coaches and mental coaches.

 

What kind of financial aid do you receive from your government?

The government sponsors me to play in the European Championships. If I win a medallion [first through third places receive gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively], I get an additional bonus in the form of a stipend. The stipend is good for a year and the government gives me the money directly.

 

What kind of image does pool have in the Netherlands? Is it considered a respectable sport/game?

It is still considered a “bar” game.

 

Did you get a lot of media attention (newspapers, TV, etc.) when you won the World 10-Ball Championships?

I got some media attention [in the Netherlands], but actually got more attention in Asia.

 

How does one correctly pronounce your name?

“who-gee”

[Not “wee-jee” like “Ouija” board, which is how most people seem to say it.]

 

How did you get your nickname, “Hooch”?

No idea. It’s just my name in one syllable.

 

 

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