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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

event horizon

procrastinate more effectively
 
A little house of secrets on the Great Plains
[ REUTERS ]
The secretive business havens of Cyprus and the Cayman Islands face a potent rival: Cheyenne, Wyoming.
WOW.
 
$1 Billion that Nobody Wants
[ NPR ]
Politicians in Washington hardly let a few minutes go by without mentioning how broke the government is. So, it’s a little surprising that they’ve created a stash of more than $1 billion that almost nobody wants.
 
Why Does Dominique Strauss-Kahn Have White Hair and Black Eyebrows?
[ SLATE ]
It all comes down to enzymes.
 
Letters of Note
[ BLOG ]
Correspondence deserving of a wider audience.
You could waste an entire workweek here.
 
How 10,000 People Keep a Secret
[ NY TIMES ]
There are picnics, and then there are picnics.
 
 
 

craftiness

My craftiness goes in cycles. I got all ceramic’d out there for moment and went on a yarn binge. Behold, the keychains of my manic labor.

yay!

 
 
 

in other news of the world

 
Bartram vs Dippy   TAR Studio now open for business action
 
Yep, all your big-ass action matches will now be played and STREAMED in IDEAL CONDITIONS! No more inconsistent internet quality and no more hauling tons of equipment for the TAR monkeys. They no longer go to where the action is, the action goes to them.
Their first match (next week!) on July 19th features David “Dippy/Viffer” Peat vs Chris “Smooth Criminal” Bartram. As you can see in the flyer to the left, Mr. Peat will get some insane weight as per the norm.
In the meantime, check out the video and slideshow of the TAR Studio.
 

ABP vs Barry Behrman

Best solution for all is a compromise, but I don’t see that happening.

Yes, U.S. Open has been going on for 35 years and it’s highly prestigious, but if Behrman doesn’t straighten things out and have a little transparency, that title is going to devaluate right quick. In his reponse to the ABP, Behrman hints that some players were not aware their names were being used in support of the boycott. Scintillating!

And the ABP? They’re a tad opaque as well. I still don’t know what’s going on with that. They made a stand, but do they have a plan? And if they have a plan, how do they mean to execute and enforce it? Are they going to boycott any other events? Do they like cats? How about dogs? Bunnies? As professional pool players, they are taking a big risk (admirable) by passing up money (which there isn’t much of) in billiards.

I eagerly await (with buttered popcorn sprinkled with Tapatio) the ABP’s response to Behrman’s allegations that some players on the boycott list had no intention of boycotting the U.S. Open.

 

Super Billiards Expo is moving

The Valley Forge Convention center is becoming a casino.

Tough-ass pool players have been muscled out by little old ladies with blue hair, cigarettes, and odd floral-patterned outfits.

The event has changed dates (now March 8-11, 2012) and has a new venue, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. It’s probably for the better. I’m not going to miss that long-ass walk down a claustrophobic hallway. It’s just six miles down the road from the old Convention Center so it’s been suggested that your travel plans won’t have to change — but if you’re like me and will not have a car, they probably will.

 

Seminole Pro Tour round robin format

Any one else think this format (you play 10 games and earn points for each game won with bonus point for break-and-runs) is easily manipulated? Players who have no chance of making the cut to the next round can make a deal to dump their match 10-0 to give their opponent a better chance of making the cut.

 

That’s all. There’s a whole lotta shaking and moving going on…

 

6 comments to event horizon

  • Op

    I don’t like this format at all. Poo on it.

    • Adhesive Remover

      I agree, this format is not exactly great. I’ll have a little more detail on that later this week…

  • poolplayer

    I though that only us latinos ate popcorn with tapatio. Only I would change the adjective from sprinkled to drenched 🙂

    • Adhesive Remover

      Good hot sauce + butter = Buffalo popcorn!

      I’m not above stealing delicious ideas.

  • purpdrag

    Regarding the round robin format, that’s exactly what happened to my friend in a round robin tournament at our local pool hall. It was a 9-ball tournament, not all the same rules as this, but the same basic problem.

    They set up four man groups, top two from each group advance, with number of losses being the tie-breaker. Our group happened to be me and my friend with two other guys that were friends of each other. One of those guys was significantly better than the rest of us. I played poorly but my friend played well and should have advanced, as he beat me and the other average player 4-1 each. He got edged out though with one more loss than the other average player (who also went 2 and 1) because the really good player lost to his buddy 0-4.

    My friend was pretty steamed and so was I. We decided we’d much rather stick to the double and single elimination formats from now on.

    • Adhesive Remover

      I’ve heard through the grapevine that quite a few players were dissatisfied with this format and lobbied (not sure how successfully) to have the remaining events go back to the double-elimination format (there is supposed to be at least one more round-robin tournament).