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September 2018
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• 2013 Majors

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
Hard Times 10-Ball Open
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
just a lil pre-Vegas warm up tournament
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)
Cole Dickson Memorial 9-Ball
Family Billiards
San Francisco, CA
for legendary road player Cole Dickson
Pots 'N' Pans Memorial 9-Ball
Pool Sharks
Las Vegas, NV
celebrating hustler Bernard Rogoff, better known as "Pots 'N' Pans"
TAR35 | Dennis Orcollo vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second and third days
TAR33 | Francisco Bustamante vs Alex Pagulayan
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second (1P) and part of third (10B) day
TAR32 | Ronnie Alcano vs Jayson Shaw
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
GREAT match • Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament coverage
Chet Itow Memorial 9-Ball
California Billiards Club
Mountain View, CA
drank too much to do good coverage, but here it is, anyway
Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
let Robocop show you how to run a six-pack, Citizen
TAR31 | Mike Dechaine vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
TAR30 | Darren Appleton vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
the boys are back in town
» Huidji See
» Donny Mills
the best kind of New Year's Sandwich
that's not okay
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


The Action Report
purveyor of fine challenge matches between highly-skilled players of note
Cue Times Billiard News
Colorado's best resource for all things pool-related
Jack Justis Cases
the choice of champions
Sugartree Customs
made by Eric "Slower Than Snails" Crisp, if and when he feels like it
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."
Kurzweils' Country Meats
yes, meat

7 17 2012


reading material

all links open in a new window

« S H O R T »
Mayor Bloomberg launches contest to stir development of tiny 300-square-foot apartments for singles
“Larger than a jail cell, but smaller than mobile home, ministudios will reflect city’s changing demographics. They’ll be big enough for bathroom, kitchen, sleeping and dining areas.”


« T A L L »
How Long Does It Take To Pay Off a Skyscraper?
“The World Trade Center was a quasi-governmental project, built by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and financed by government bonds backed by the building’s revenues.”
Regarding Yodeling
“Julie Andrews had it all wrong.”
A Cut Above: In These Knife Fights, Only Pride Gets Wounded
“Competitors Try to Best Each Other in Slicing Water Bottles, Tennis Balls; Bisecting a Grape”


« G R A N D E »
The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math
“You walk into a Starbucks and see two deals for a cup of coffee. The first deal offers 33% extra coffee. The second takes 33% off the regular price. What’s the better deal?”


« V E N T I »
A Visit to the World’s Deadliest Dive Site
“It doesn’t have the nicest coral formations nor the most fish. But the Blue Hole in the Gulf of Aqaba is a magnet for divers, primarily because of its reputation.”


« T R E N T A »
Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Verse 2: A Close Reading with Fourth Amendment Guidance for Cops and Perps [PDF]
“This is a line-by-line analysis of the second verse of 99 Problems by Jay-Z, from the perspective of a criminal procedure professor. It’s intended as a resource for law students and teachers, and for anyone who’s interested in what pop culture gets right about criminal justice, and what it gets wrong.”



blog post round up

You didn’t miss anything, but if you think you did…

whatchu lookin' at
  • I has a sad. RIP Chad Pollman, founding member of The Action Report and one of the game’s (and action’s) most enthusiastic supporters. You will be missed. Best wishes to Amanda Townsend for a speedy recovery.
  • ♬ I see you driving ’round town with the girl I love and I’m like, “Foie you!”

You can always click on the tag “Blog Post Round-Up (Yeehaw!)” for short descriptions and links to the last month or so’s worth of material.



questions for the masses

wherein I ask YOU what’s up

I’m taking it easy for the summer but I would like to keep this blog bumbling along with billiards-relatedness. So, I posted a question to Facebook the other day:

What was/were the first thing/things you bought when you made a score (gambling or tournament)?

Here are your varied and interesting responses.


Some chose charitable causes…

My very first tournament win was at Jake’s in Pasadena in 2004. I won $96, and bought everyone a $4 beer token that was at the bar. Ended up spending $50+ out of my pocket.


…some chose consumables (for themselves and/or others)…

Beer, Advil, & Zantac. Necessarily in that order. Next day I woke up with a neon pink cue next to me and snuck out…


Chicken-fried steak and cigarettes, probably. Cold Stone ice cream.


Beer. Or maybe that does not count since I bought beer win or lose?


…some bought memorabilia…

I bought a picture frame, inserted a picture of the $100 bill on the table I won it on and framed that 😀 LOL, I know I’m such a dork, but I’ve only been playing for like 6 months at that time.


Bought my first pair of RayBan sunglasses. Left em at the batting cages 1 month after I got em. Course the $8 pair is indestructable and lasted 2 1/2 years.


in 2007 I won my very first $800 gambling and the day after, I bought my wife at the time and my self our first iPhones


When I won the BCA Nationals I bought a heart shaped ruby ring that I wear like a wedding ring. No wonder I’m single.


I won $3800 at Viejas and I bought me & my daughter (YES, ME…) one of those battery powered 4×4 pink jeeps.


…some invested in more billiards…

I bought my first cue case. Up til then I’d carried it in two pieces by itself.


After winning my first tournament at 14 years old, no job, and getting put in for 10 bucks, I paid back the loan with interest of course. I used all the rest of my winnings to play more pool of course. What else was there for a 14 year old pool junky 🙂 $120.00 won.


Dic. 2010 I won an 8ball Open. won $210 and I couldn’t use it better. I bought the table parts i needed to finish the pool table in which I’ve been training since then. I bought k-66 cushions, cheap cloth and pockets. got the money dic 15 and played my first rack in the table dic 24.


…some offset losses from other hobbies…

I was at BCA Nationals in Vegas and won $1,100 for 2nd place in the “Player Members” division… Let’s just say the winnings covered my 3-card poker losses 🙂


I cashed out of BCA singles last year with a grand total of $125. I’m pretty sure all of that money went directly to alcohol and $3 black jack at Circus Circus.


…some professionals even chimed in…

Oscar “Big O” Dominguez
Played my first pro event. 500$ entry fee after playing pool for 6months. Played Efren first round. But cashed on losers side 🙂


Stevie “The Blade” Moore
Won 50 when I was 12. Spent it on reeses, donkey kong, and more pool! Lol. Those were the dayz!


Donnie “Car Lot” Mills
I was 18. I bought a cheap car and sold it for a profit. I went to the auction and bought some Isuzu for 350 bucks.


…and the most unusual involved money and laundering.

I’m 61 years old now. When I was 26, my first big score playing 9-ball was $13,000 in Flint, MI. The guy didn’t have all the money on him and I ended up taking over his rundown laundromat in Ortonville, MI. The caveat was that he wrote into the bill of sale that he and his family got free laundry services for as long as I owned it! LOL!


I love it when I get to read your stories instead of the other way ’round. 🙂 To be fair, I shall also answer this question.

For my first four-figure score, I bought a Coca-Cola t-shirt. I don’t wear t-shirts often, but I do wear that one.

Thank you to all who answered and I look forward to doing this again. If you have stories of your own, please post them in the comments section below.



people are so interesting

2 comments to 7 17 2012

  • Brian in VA

    As someone with an abnormal fear of water, the article about the world’s deadliest dive site just made my hands wringing wet. Thanks for that.

    Loved the question and the answers from folks around the blog. Thanks for those, more!

    • Adhesive Remover

      LOL sorry about the phobia-inducing read! Glad you enjoyed the Q&A! If anyone has any question suggestions, feel free to pitch them. 🙂