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Pool Cue Shaft Straightener

Posted on 04. Jan, 2016 by .


I’m still on the road up in Rugby, ND at Samsara Cues. Tomorrow I’m going to film a short instructional video using this gizmo.



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Brand New Pool Tournament Format

Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 by .


Saturday Action Challenge

Presented by

Billiard Coach and Jimmy’s Pro Billiards

(Flyer verbiage)

20 pool players matching up in the same pool room over eight hours. At minimum, 40 sets for at least $50/set. Spectators, have you ever seen action on ten tables and five different games? Get involved in the Saturday Action Challenge. Bring cash — In God We Trust, All Others: Post Up!

(End flyer verbiage)

Rules Draft 2

Twenty invited players will randomly match up in four $25 sets in five varieties of pool.

At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 11, 2014 at Jimmy’s Pro Billiards, twenty players will pay $100 entry plus the $10 daily special to participate in this groundbreaking action packed event. The first round of matches will be determined by a random draw. One player from each of the ten matches will pull a scrabble tile out of a bag to determine the game format of their match. Tiles distribution and resulting game format is as follows:

Letter Drawn Number Tiles in Bag Game
T 3 Ten Ball on 9 Foot Table — Winner Break, Race to 9
E 3 Eight Ball on 7 Foot Table — Alternate Break, Race to 7
O 2 One Pocket on 9 Foot Table — Alternate Break, Race to 3
B 1 Banks (short rack) on 9 Foot Table — Winner Break, Race to 4
S 1 Straight Pool on 9 Foot Table — Race to 80 points


Winning players must report the match score and collect their $50 winnings immediately. Players will be placed on an overall standings board ranked by points earned, then secondly as fewest points given up as tie breakers.

Points awarded for games won/lost in 8-ball and 10-ball will be given to exactly reflect the final match score. For example, a match ends with Chuck beating Buck 7-4 in 8-ball. Chuck gets 7 points with 4 points as a tie break while Buck gets 4 points with 7 points as a tie break. Louie beats Dewey 9-7 in 10-ball. The standings board looks like this after these matches:

Overall Standing Player Win Points Tie-Break Points
1 Louie 9 7
2 Chuck 7 4
3 Dewey 7 9
4 Buck 4 7




One-Pocket points will be awarded by games multiplied by 2 and bank pool scores multiplied by 1.5. Straight pool points in a game will be divided by 10. For example, Will edges out Bill in banks 4-3, Don crushes John 80-27 in straight pool, and Jack beats Mack 3-1 in one-pocket.

Adding these three matches to the overall standings results in this:

Overall Standing Player Win Points Tie-Break Points
1 Louie 9 7
2 Don 8 2.7
3 Chuck 7 4
4 Dewey 7 9
5 Will 6 4.5
6 Jack 6 2
7 Bill 4.5 6
8 Buck 4 7
9 John 2.7 8
10 Mack 2 6


After all ten first round matches are completed, pairings for the next round will be by standings. 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, etc. and player with the odd ranking will draw the tile to determine the game. Player with the even rating will be given the option for the first break in the match.

Side bets are encouraged between players, spectators, or anyone within shouting distance. Racking procedures (e.g. rack your own, magic rack, 10 on the break, etc.) are to be negotiated between players before their match begins. If negotiations fail, the tournament director (a.k.a. stake holder) will step in and dictate terms.

Each round should take a maximum of two hours. Rounds three and four will commence just as round two. In the unlikely event of an exact tie in win points and tie-break points, a coin toss will determine the player’s positions in the chart.

In the event of an emergency, a player may leave between rounds but before the game has been drawn given that he/she finds a replacement player and notifies the tournament director. Entry money will not be refunded, but the player may make a deal with their substitute.

This event is sure to fill and pre-registration/posting up is required. Please let me know if you’d like to reserve a spot and pay (post up) Jimmy or me to lock in your spot as soon as possible. I’ll list the confirmed players in the next message in this thread.

Mike Fieldhammer


Updated player list will be in the forums here:

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Cruel Pool Shoes

Posted on 27. Feb, 2013 by .


Well, someone has finally done it. They’ve come out with shoes designed for players. Let me be more clear:  shoes for Pool Players.

It’s not Brunswick Corporation, who has been around for 150+ years, not Simonis which has been around for 333 years, not even Predator who has branded themselves into a beerish/NASCARish puke-fest. Nope. The company is Black Heart. Never heard of them? I don’t blame you. They are a fairly new cue tip company which makes leather tips in Brazil, I think. Marketed by a company in Europe, I think. I tried a couple of them last year and wasn’t too impressed.

Anyway, I have been a fan of donning the proper footwear for pool since my college days. Here’s an assortment of my finest (not cruel) pool shoes from the last 25 years.  You may want to click on the photo to see a larger size to soak in the gloriousness (or goriness) of these puppies.

These guys have seen a lot of table time. I always thought that comfortable and functional footwear was an often overlooked component to high level play. My criteria for shoes clearly didn’t (and still doesn’t) include fashion. I wanted shoes that my feet didn’t slip around in and shoes that didn’t slip around on the floor. Pool room and tournament flooring can be anything from crappy press down vinyl tiles, industrial carpet, commercial carpet, hardwood court, rough and unlevel concrete, and even ice rink flooring cooled before they flood with water. All of these shoes perform well. My only gripe is the best looking —and most appropriate for the task looking— squeak with every step and footfall.

From Left to Right and Back to Front- 2 pair ECCO sailing shoes, Classic Airwalks, Stiga, Nike Free, Adidas.

From Left to Right and Back to Front- 2 pair ECCO sailing shoes, Classic Airwalks, Stiga, Nike Free, Adidas.

From the back left to right:

  •  Blue Ecco sailing shoes
  •  Sh#t Brown Ecco sailing shoes (the first purchase of the two pair)
  •  My very favorite and original pool shoes. Airwalks! I always thought of the carrot on the toungue as the prize money at the end of my pool stick.
  •  Stiga table tennis shoes. I went through a phase of wearing track suits from table tennis companies. C’mon, it is a sport kind of like pool.
  •  Nike Free custom ordered in 2005. I would have ordered them in green, but I could sense the “Blue Cloth” trend coming.
  • Classic Adidas. These get the most notice and comments of any of my shoes. I save them for special occasions. It should be noted that these were a gift from a gal. I would never have the sartorial savvy to select such sensible shoes. (A lot of alliteration…) These are the squeaky wheels.
I'd have had my whole last name on the tongue if they were  high-tops.

I’d have had my whole last name on the tongue if they were high-tops.

Looking for grip and athletic performance.

Looking for grip and athletic performance.


Now here’s the announcement from Black Heart Tips:

Baby needs a new pair of shoes.

Baby needs a new pair of shoes.

Not bad. You can read more about the tips and shoes at

Game on!

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BCAPL/CSI Move to the Rio Hotel Las Vegas in July

Posted on 06. Jan, 2013 by .


Here’s a lazy Sunday night blog post. Below is the information on the new dates for the CSI (BCAPL) events that have been in May at the Riviera for many years.



CSI Launches US Open 8-Ball Championship at the Rio in July 2013

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (January 4, 2013) – CueSports International (CSI) is expanding the roster of professional tournaments at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas in July 2013. CSI will introduce the inaugural US Open 8-Ball Championship on July 23-27, sponsored by the American Cuemakers Association.

The new event will follow the well established pro events produced by CSI – the 14th US Open One Pocket Championship and the 5th US Open 10-Ball Championship. As with the 10-Ball event, the US Open 8-Ball Championship will be $25,000 added and a 2013 Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Points Event. The two BCA Point Events will be held back to back under one roof, greatly assisting US players in their quest for pro points while keeping travel expenses lower.

The combination of CSI US Open events in July is truly unique. In the course of 10 days top US and international players will have the opportunity to play in three professional level tournaments in three separate disciplines with a combined total of $60,000 added. The US Open 8-Ball and US Open 10-Ball fields will be limited to 96 players and the US Open One Pocket will sport a 64 player field.

In 2010 CSI, which is also the parent company of the BCA Pool League (BCAPL) and USA Pool League (USAPL), launched the US Open 10-Ball Championship in conjunction with the BCAPL National Championships, known as The Greatest Pool Tournament in the World!”  CSI added HD live video streaming by (TAR) and free stream feeds to each of the host hotel rooms.  In 2011, CSI added the US Open One Pocket Championship and the 14.1 High Run Challenge.  For 2013, “The Greatest Pool Tournament in the World!” will present three new events: the US Open 8-Ball Championship by CSI, the 2013 WPA World Artistic Pool Championship, and the 25th Annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships, which is produced by the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF).

New also in 2013 – spectator general admission to all three CSI pro events, the world artistic pool and junior national competitions, and the 14.1 challenge will be FREE to the players competing in the BCAPL & USAPL National Championships (July 17-27, 2013) also being held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

For more information about the 1st US Open 8-Ball Championship, 5th US Open 10-Ball Championship and 14th US Open One Pocket Championship please visit For information about the 37th BCAPL National Championships please visit and for information about the 3rd USAPL National Championships please visit   View pro and amateur pool action on the CSI YouTube page,

CueSports International is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. CSI supports the WPA/BCA structure to govern the sport and to promote an organized hierarchy for pool player advancement. In the past 8 years CSI has directly paid out $8,000,000 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,, and for more information about CSI and its divisions.


Media Contact:
Holly Dimmick
CueSports International
2041 Pabco Rd
Henderson, NV 89011
Phone (702) 719-7665
Fax (702) 307-1609

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