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Another Awesome Edition of Pool Synergy.

Hey Guys as you know tournaments are a vital piece of the puzzle for amateur and professional players alike. Take the Super Billiards Expo for example that just ended this past weekend where amateur and professional players fought hard to win their respective events. In this month’s issue we are going to find out what kind of preparation goes into winning these matches. When I offered to host for this month I gave a wide open topic of tournament preparation. I also opened up the idea to league play as well as important matches etc. What goes into making a great tournament experience for you as a player. Let’s find out !!! I want to apologize for the lack of Pizazz on the page for this month’s Pool Synergy but I just got back from Valley Forge and have not had a chance to do anything but sleep a little go to work go to class and cover the event at Amsterdam Billiards for NYCGRIND.COM.

First up this month is Jake Dyer. The link to his article titled “17 Expert Tourney Tips” can be found here at

I look forward myself to reading some of these tips and hope you all enjoy them as much as I know I am going to.


Second of course is Mr. Poolriah himself and you can see his article here at


each person has a way to prepare for a tournament.  my version involves seven steps.

1. define your mission parameters ASAP

2. plan your trip e~a~r~l~y

3. do advanced scouting

4. get plenty of rest throughout the tournament

5. eat lean to stay mean

6. stay loose

7. focus on the task


Up next is Mr. John Biddle our fearless leader with his take on Tournament Prep !

You can of course view his article here at

The summary is that I’m only a league player, not a tournament regular, but these tips will help anyone to give themselves the best chance to play well.


Next up is the lovely and talented Melinda AKATRIGGER !!!

You can view her article here at

In this article Melinda outlines how she creates her own “pool checklist” and sticks to it ! A great article by someone who has great insight to the topic at hand.


Mike Fieldhammer in his article explains how he ties up any loose ends that may be a nagging concern before a big trip and of course tidies up the house before leaving.

You can view his article here


In John Barton’s article he breaks down his tournament prep into 11 sections. View in detail each breakdown here at

1. Equipment

2. Dress

3. Psychology

4. Food

5. Drugs (as in NO drugs)

6. Goals

7. Rules

8. Travel

9. Travel

10. Registration

11. Accomodation

12. Money


Last but certainly not least is the ever radiant Gail Glazebrook who exudes a warmth and caring that you rarely see in people and in my opinion is one of her best qualities!! That and somehow she manages to put up with Tony lol (Sorry Tony jk brother)

Here is the link to Gail’s post


March 15, 2011 Posted by | Pool Synergy | 2 Comments

In Preparation for The Predator Tour (Stop Number 2) Cue Nine brings in Table Mechanic Steve Gephart !!

In preparation for the Predator Tour’s upcoming second stop at Cue Nine in Levittown NY, room owner John Brendle has brought in table mechanic Steve Gephart of Slates Billiards Services. Steve’s credits include Sandcastle Billiards, Society Billiards, and Atlantic City Billiards just to name a few and his work truly does speak for itself. When asked about the move to bring in Steve, John simply said ” I want everything to be in the best condition possible for the Predator Tour stop two weeks from now”. The plan is to have Steve go over all of the tables in the next week or two with a fine toothed comb to look for any issues and fix whatever he finds with a special focus on ensuring the tables are absolutely level. Tables are being dismantled and the slates re-leveled.

The Predator Tour players will be treated to incredible conditions both on and off the table as Cue Nine recently re-launched over the last weekend with the addition of celebrity chef Mark Bynum’s new menu including favorites like St. Louis Ribs, Kung Pao Rock Shrimp, Sliders, Hellfire Wings, and so much more not to mention an incredible new drink menu and bottle service.

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February 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kiss of Death Team Members, Tony Robles, Andy Segal, Olhausen Billiards, and Century Billiards Set To Help The Little Shelter

Cue Nine to Host an Animal Shelter Benefit featuring Kiss of Death, Tony Robles, and Andy Segal on February 13

Story By Alison Fischer –

In the past, NYC Grind has covered stories on the generous nature of pool players who have donated their time and efforts to benefit a number of charitable causes, including supporting cancer patients, injured veterans, and autistic children.  Truth be told, having a passion for pool can be much more than a leisure activity and competitive sport.  Pool players and billiards-affiliated organizations from all around the world have taken part in benefits to raise money for a wide range of charitable causes.

And now on the horizon for pool fans in New York, a brand new charity event will be held at the brand-new Cue Nine Billiards, Bar & Restaurant in Levittown, NY on Long Island, the newest upscale hotspot for billiards and great food.  This event, which will benefit The Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center in Huntington, NY is being launched by one of Long Island’s most dedicated up-and-coming players and supporters of the game, Charles Eames.

Charles, who is the Cue Nine House Pro and the producer & director of the Valley Forge 14.1 Challenge, as well as a contributing writer & photographer for, is the director of this charity event, made possible by the support of Cue Nine owner John Brendle and donations by Olhausen Billiards, Century Billiards, and J. Pechauer Custom Cues.

This benefit event, Cue Nine’s “February Pool Party”, will be raising money to support a unique and invaluable, asset to animals in Long Island.  The Little Shelter, which was voted the Best Animal Shelter on Long Island in 2010, is a no-kill shelter and non-profit organization which focuses on providing a safe, secure environment for animals without homes, in hopes of placing them with loving families.  However, when animals are unable to be placed in homes, The Little Shelter also provides a long-term sanctuary home for them as an alternative to other systems that sometimes resort to euthanasia.   To learn more about the shelter, visit

In support of this great cause to improve the lives of many animals without homes, NY pool stars including world-renowned pro player and instructor Tony Robles, Trick Shot Champion Andy Segal, and Women’s National 8-ball Team Champions “Kiss of Death” (including Borana AndoniGail GlazebrookEmily Duddy, Michele Li, and Alison Fischer) will be coming together to provide a night of entertainment at Cue Nine to help raise money for The Little Shelter.

Andy "The Magic Man" Segal

This event, which will run from 7pm-11pm, will feature exhibitions by some of the hottest names in billiards, along with a night of dining and drinks which will include an awesome silent auction for numerous Triple Crown Sports Memorabilia items, and a raffle for a stunning Limited Edition “Kiss of Death” Olhausen Pool Table (valued at $4,700) donated by Olhausen and Century Billiards.  Everything included in the event is at an admission price of only $50, with all proceeds going to the Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center.

For more information regarding this incredible event please contact Charles Eames at 516-581-3209 or email him directly at

Come on out for a great cause!!!!

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

John Schmidt Wows NY Crowd in Exhibition

John Schmidt Wows NY Crowd

Once again John Schmidt wowed a crowd of approximately 40-50 people on Wednesday night at Cue Nine Billiards Bar and Restaurant in Levittown NY. Accompanied by his lovely girlfriend Nancy who was all smiles and extremely friendly during the exhibition, you can truly tell she cares about what John does and who he is doing it for and to see him in his element was pure joy.  On to John, John walked in out of the cold and without a single warm up stroke ran 160 balls in straight pool. Now 160 balls is a massive feat in itself and one that some people in their lifetime will never achieve but to do it cold is almost unfathomable. The onlookers were overjoyed as each rack ended and as John got closer and closer to the hundred each rack would end with a thunderous applause. Now for the best part, as John was shooting whether it was ball one or ball one hundred he spoke to onlookers, answered questions, made jokes, and imparted massive amounts of knowledge to the crowd huddled around the table at Cue Nine. It just goes to show how much class John has and how much he truly cares for our sport and its players. Each question that was asked was met with a knowledgeable and positive response as John’s patience seemed almost limitless. Ball after ball continued to go in the pockets as spectators looked on speechless. After asking around it turns out most of the people watching Schmidt had never seen a player of that caliber in person and it was visibly noticeable on their faces. The looks of awe and jaws wide open were proof enough that something special was taking place right in Levittown NY.

After the incredible straight pool run John went on to show some of his eight ball, nine ball, and one pocket knowledge with some amazing shots geared towards players of any speed to help get them out of trouble in game situations. Simple things that most pros know if not all but the beginning player may overlook. Positional shots, safeties, banks, and more were on the list as players would cheer as each shot went in its pre determined hole.

Even after all of this, a massive straight pool run, in game shot showcase, question and answers, John then proceeded to take out two Fury Cues (John’s Sponsor) and played challenge matches with the crowd to give them away. Each player that won was elated to not only go home with an incredible story but to also take home an amazing keepsake from John Schmidt himself. The world of professional pool is lucky to have someone like John Schmidt and of course to have a company out there like Fury to help him keep doing what he does best. Play pool.

Cue Nine room owner John Brendle and CME-IMAGES owner Charles Eames were both extremely pleased with the turn out of the event and the fact that John hit 160 balls. We can only look forward to more and more events of this nature as time goes on with more and more star players as they come to the area. Once again Cue Nine room owner John Brendle and CME – IMAGES owner Charles Eames would like to thank all of their players and patrons and of course to John Schmidt and his lovely girlfriend Nancy for making the trip to Cue Nine.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

December Pool Synergy “Favorites” Great Topic From Melinda

December Pool Synergy

This month the wonderful Melinda “AKATRIGGER” has given us a topic that is in my opinion overlooked by many players and it involves the media side of things. From the written word to the moving picture these captured ideas, matches, stories, etc. can be some of the greatest tools in your arsenal and when push comes to shove it could mean the difference between a win and a loss. We were asked to pick our favorites which for me with a collection of well over 150-200 pool matches on dvd was like choosing which child I love more. No I don’t have any kids as of yet but you can understand my apprehension at choosing just one. I mean who can forget the 2007 Turning Stone Event where Dennis Hatch put the smack down on Mika Immonen and shot around a .990 Accu Stat Rating, or more importantly when Mika won the US Open back to back. So I had to look at my game as a whole, where it started, where it is now, and as many of you know I have become obsessed with the game of straight pool for so many reasons. That is why I chose the DVD that I chose. That DVD is John Schmidt on Straight Pool where he runs well over 100 balls and then proceeds to walk you through the run.

There are so many reasons I chose this dvd. Number one first and foremost is that I watch and rewatch it to try and pick up something different that he may have done to get better position or to nudge a possible break ball or key ball. The second reason is because John isn’t afraid to admit that he got out of line. He just kicks himself for it for a minute and then gets right back to the task at hand showing that even the best players in the world have to adapt from time to time. John’s game has been a massive inspiration to me and I am sure a lot of other people and this dvd is no exception. If I know I am going to be playing straight pool that day or that night for league or a tournament, or even just a practice session with a friend, this is my go to dvd to get me ready.

The main reason however why I choose this DVD is because John has become a personal friend of mine and I speak from experience as to just how personable he is and how much he loves this sport. I remember at Valley Forge last year during the inaugural 14.1 Challenge he ran a 204 on an unforgiving nine foot diamond pro am. The run in itself did not shock me as I had seen John post some massive numbers before (hence the moniker of Mr. 400) but the fact that he was talking to members of the crowd that had amassed just to watch him play. Rack after rack he would literally talk to people in the crowd, talk to me, talk to Bill Maropoulis who was on retainer for the week to rack for John. It was incredible. He would answer questions before and after innings and talk to anyone who he came in contact with. This to me is the definition of a professional. Someone who can balance not only playing at the level he does but manages to be so charismatic while doing it. Someone who can not only run 100 balls but acknowledge his fans with the utmost respect and regard no matter the situation.

I have so many other favorite pool dvds, way too many to list however I will give a shout out to two amazing players who I love to watch. Tony Robles and Mika Immonen. Tony has built an incredible reputation as the nicest guy in pool and I couldn’t agree more. Whether it be in his Predator Nine Ball Tour Events or his new Pool League Tony is nothing short of gracious and a class act. His demeanor is always professional and positive and he exudes an energy that people around him can definitely pick up. He also plays a very mean game and one match in particular that sticks out in my head is when he played Rafael Martinez who as well all know is no slouch. Tony was on fire and it looked as though it would take a Mack Truck driven by Mosconi himself to stop him.

Photo Courtesy of Charles Eames (CME-IMAGES)

Mika Immonen. Need I say more? The man is a living icon in our sport. Back to back US Open titles with a 13 match streak from the loser’s side to win the 2009 US Open. Mika is a champion in every sense of the word and it’s quite easy to see how he gained his nickname “The Iceman”. With a cold stare that seems to go right through you he attacks the table with the calm and collected demeanor of a ninja just waiting for his moment to strike. I had the honor of playing against Mika in the World Straight Pool Championships last year and although I have played with some of the biggest names in our sport I was very intimidated playing him. Knowing that I was up against the number one ranked player in the world and knowing that he was examining every shot I took was extremely nerve racking. Amazingly enough though through all of that off the table Mika is a very friendly person and is down right funny when he wants to be. As I said earlier Mika is a champion and I know of no better way to say it.

To finish this article I would like to thank the world of professional pool, not just the amazing players but people like Pat Fleming and Justin Collett from TAR who produce incredible dvd’s and pool related products. I would like to thank the people who live stream events as it truly is the future. Most importantly I would like to thank all those who support and sponsor our sport because without most of us would be terrible bowlers !!!

Happy Holidays from the Forumghost !!!

December 15, 2010 Posted by | Pool Synergy | 2 Comments

Pool Synergy Volume 11 “Gear”

Pool Synergy Volume 11


I happen to think that this month’s topic is a fantastic one. It’s something that no matter what we can all relate to in one way or another and binds as a sub culture of a sport. Thousands of people will come to the Super Billiards Expo every march and descend upon each booth that contains cues, cases, and any number of billiard related products and services. One of the biggest questions you will hear asked in a pool hall is what type of cue do you shoot with? This question for me now has a huge meaning as I now am representing the incredible company of J. Pechauer Custom Cues as well as Cue Nine Billiards Bar and Restaurant where I am the Tournament Director, League Operator, and of course House Pro. Both of these incredible companies have provided me with amazing opportunities to better not only my pool game but myself as well. After a few great correspondences with Scott Douglas of Pechauer it was decided that we would be a great fit. I try my hardest to represent myself, these companies, and our sport with honor, integrity, and of course respect not only for my opponents, my sponsors, and of course all fans of billiards. I am very lucky to have the support system I have whether it be Pechauer Custom Cues, Cue Nine Billiards Bar and Restaurant, my friends and family and of course my beautiful loving girlfriend Elizabeth. She gives me the time and space I need to practice seriously for events that I have upcoming and understands the long hours I put in to practice and better my game. She is beyond understanding of my love of the game and pushes me to keep getting better and I can’t thank her enough.

Now on to the good stuff THE GEAR !!!!!

First and foremost I am currently shooting with two incredible Pechauer Cues. I am shooting with a P23 pro line shooting cue that is wrapless and has a stainless steel joint. I have always shot with a piloted stainless steel joint and though I have tried ivory phenolic and wood I always always go back to my stainless steel. I currently use a Le-Pro Tip and I have my shafts tapered down a smidge as I prefer a thinner shaft. The second is a beautiful rosewood power break cue that has helped to transform my break into the powerhouse that it is now. I am averaging one to two balls on the break every time in both nine and ten ball. My Case of course is none other than a 4×8 Joe Whitten Black and White Model purchased at Valley Forge this year as a treat for myself.

Two Christmases ago my beautiful girlfriend  bought me a custom cue from cue maker Bob Frey and I will always love that cue and it will never leave my case. No matter what sponsors I have (who I will always represent to the fullest of my abilities and energies) this cue will always hold a special place in my heart. It is a simple cue but it was exactly what I wanted.

In my case I also have a few tip tools, picks etc. Nothing extravagant or too in depth. I don’t like to work on my tips that much as I am not very good at it lol. I’m a terrible tip shaper. I also currently have a few shaft slickers etc. One problem that I have when I play is that I tend to get very hot and I will like anyone else sweat. My hands tend to get a little hydrated and will stick to the shaft sometimes. I have debated on wearing a glove over the last year but I can’t seem to get the feel for it.

One of the most important things I carry in my case aside from my cues is a measle ball. Its level of consistency and play always get me through some tough matches. There is nothing worse than playing on bad cloth with terrible table conditions and the last thing you want to be worrying about is the cue ball. I have played with some that are way too big (aka Bar Balls) I have played with some that are too light and too heavy. It is nice to know that at any point I can take that ball out and know that I am playing with at least one thing that is constant and more importantly familiar.

Recently I have had a few patches to add to my case. I hate to say this like this but I am a total whore for patches. I love them lol. If i find a company or something that I can get behind and that I believe in I love to show my support.’s Jerry Tarantola and Alison Fischer are very good friends of mine and I have to say that is the patch I think I am looking forward to most. Jerry has assured me that there is a shirt with my name on it waiting for me lol. To this shirt I will attach a Pechauer Patch, a Cue Nine patch, and of course the quintessential TAR patch because as we all know they are the nuts and produce some of the sickest videos going in the pool world.

As an aspiring professional player equipment is very important to me. Finding that right balance between style and function is a massive undertaking and I truly believe I have found it in my new cues. My gear is my fall back. I have to be able to rely on my equipment at all times. In the words of Super Mario Brothers you take care of your tools your tools will take care of you (Bob Hoskins not Nintendo).

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Pool Synergy | 4 Comments

Cue Nine Sets Dates For EVEN MORE EVENTS !!!

It would appear that the owner of the newly renovated Cue Nine Billiards is sparing no expense to show the world of pool that Cue Nine is THE room to see and be seen. Sporting a brand new bar, plasma TV’s for all sports events, an awesome menu with some exciting and unexpected entrees, and now the announcement of the VIKING TOUR making its way to Levittown. This news comes of course right after the announcement of the Qualifier being held for the 70th World Straight Pool Championships put on of course by Dragon Promotions and the Predator Group. In the eyes of this blogger CUE NINE BILLIARDS is going to be the spot for the upcoming season. After speaking with owner John Brendle and son Johnathon you can really tell that the bar and restaurant side of the business is not the only side. They truly care about the players and kept them in the fore front of their minds during the planning of this billiards mecca. Its a place where amateurs can mix it up with some of the best in not only the state but the country and world. Beautiful Gold Crowns are adorned with brand new Simonis 860 and Centennial Balls. New light fixtures hang over the tables ready to shine on every shot.

One of the exciting events coming up of course is the Viking Tour which is an event comprised of five tournaments in four days. I asked Johnathon Brendle what he thought about the events and he basically let on that Cue Nine is going to be “Action Central”. Some of the best local and non local talent will be in attendance vying for all of the incredible $5000 added prize money.

Next up of course is the qualifier for the 70th Annual World Straight Pool Championships. This event is very important to me as it was my first pro event that I was actually “invited” to play in. In attendance were my heroes, the people I have tried to model my game after every day. People like Steve Lipsky, Danny Barouti, Charlie Williams, Mika Immonen, and many more. These are people that you can literally purchase dvds of. Cue Nine Billiards is offering you the chance to play with these greats. For the entry fee of $105.00 you can take your chance at greatness and enter this double elimination event where the top two players will qualify for the main event in Clifton NJ.

With all of this going on you are going to be hard pressed to find a more exciting place to be this season than Cue Nine Billiards. I look forward to seeing what else is in store as owner John Brendle assures me he has some more tricks up his sleeve.

August 23, 2010 Posted by | Articles and News !! | 1 Comment

The Qualifiers Have Been Announced for the 70th World Straight Pool Championships

The qualifiers for the 70th Annual World Straight Pool Championships put on by Dragon Promotions have been announced and we at Cue Nine Billiards are both honored and happy to be one of them. Our qualifier will begin at 11:00 AM Sharp and will feature a double elimination format and a $105.00 entry fee. If you can not make it down to us we urge you to take part in one of the other events and patron those rooms as well. We have a lot of great local and foreign talent coming down to Cue Nine for the event and we are extremely happy to showcase our brand new facility. There will be plenty of food and drink available on our brand new menu and from our brand new bar.

Once again we look forward to seeing you all there.

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pool Synergy Volume 10 “Support”

Before we begin all of the scholarly deliciousness of this month’s pool synergy I just want to take a moment to say thank you to a few people. First and foremost to John Biddle who got me started here in this incredible initiative. I would also especially like thank everyone who has submitted articles up to this point and most importantly to the people who submitted this month. Unfortunately our NY friends Jerry T Alison Fischer and G Squared Gail Glazebrook will not be able to submit and their literary presence will be sorely missed. And Now On To The Good Stuff !!

This month we have a a great topic in the form of “Support”. This of course can mean friends and family, mentors and teachers, sponsors etc. Anyone or anything that you found to be helpful in your game. I find this topic to be relevant within my own life as I have  a massive support structure. I know when choosing pool or cue sports as a path it is normally the path less traveled and people can scoff or not understand our motives or reasoning. But for those that do understand and lend their knowledge, their love, and most importantly their support it can be something special and I think you all know what I mean.

First up this month is a guest writer, Steve Kurtz. A straight pool aficionado and player Steve brings many insights from his own life into his article. Though short and sweet for his first time out of the box I felt it was a good introduction to Steve as his article mimics his own demeanor which can be soft spoken at times. Though he may appear to be mild mannered and quiet he is a force to be reckoned with on the table and know the game inside and out.

You can view his post below this article as I am guest hosting him this month.

Markus Hofstaetter is an accomplished pool player, writer, and of course photographer. His images regarding pool and billiards have been a massive inspiration to myself and many others as we trek across this incredible landscape that is cue sports as a whole.

You can view his article here

Next up a woman who needs no introduction, the lovely Samm Diep. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Samm at the 2010 Super Billiards Expo and let me tell you folks you will be hard pressed to find someone as genuine and caring as Samm. I can still hear her yelling at me to get some sleep. Of course that was right after she robbed me for five dollars at scotch straight pool though lol. In her article this month Samm reflects on her loyal sponsors and supporters and how grateful she is to have them. She asks that to support her you support them as well. Her article can be viewed here

(Photo Courtesy of Anne Craig from Melinda’s Blog)

Ladies and gentleman, the one, the only, MELINDA – AKATRIGGER as she is more commonly known on the AZBilliards Forums. Rumored to be married to Jay Helfert with 17 children running around Melinda’s article this month is about finding support when you didnt think any was there. Like you all I always look forward to reading anything from Melinda and this article is no exception which can be seen here

This photo of course of our next writer does them no justice I simply couldn’t find a picture of Poolriah!! When asked for a summary of his article for the month this is what he had to say. “my support system is made up of my friend, various players i’ve encountered, pool on tv, and the internet.  i’ve learned, and continue to learn, about pool through this support system”. I look forward to reading and hope you all will as well. The article can read here

When asked to give a description of his article for this month’s edition Mr. Dyer got back to me with an awesome idea that I truly look forward to reading. Like everything else in life history always plays a roll and Billiards is no stranger to its fair share of history and stories.

“Instead of writing about someone who supports me, I’m writing about the wing man of the great nine-ball player, Wimpy Lassiter. That’s person was named Don Willis, a native of Ohio. Willis and Lassiter spent 15 years on the road together. Lassiter became famous at the Johnston City tournaments and is revered today as one of the greatest ever of our sport. Willis was a behind-the-scenes road player, but still one of the most difficult to beat in the nation. In fact, the Lassiter and Willis partnership grew out of a startling defeat that Willis pasted on Lassiter sometime after World War II.”

His story can be read here

This month our fearless leader John Biddle told me when asked for a summary that as a serious recreational player his support system is himself. “I’ll be writing that my support is just myself.  I have no trainer, coach, training partner or other person that I work with.  I’m self taught, mainly through books and many games with better players.  I have taken a very few short group lessons, but nothing steady.  My deep love of the game and my competitive nature are the drivers, but my lack of progress lately, combined with issues in my non-pool life that have taken my eye off the game are getting in the way, so I struggle”.

His article can be seen here

Mike Fieldhammer’s article this month shows us the value of team support. I know playing for an APA Team the value of this support. In my opinion this is one of the best kinds of support as it can rally a team or an individual player to play their best matches possible. It makes them feel supported and confident and capable of anything they set their mind to. I am extremely happy Mike chose this sub section of support as it truly shows what our sport should be all about, that you can be competitive while still having a good natured demeanor and team oriented values.

You can see his article here

August 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Steve Kurtz Guest Writer for Pool Synergy Volume 10 “Support”

(Photo Courtesy of Charles Eames CME-IMAGES)


By Steve Kurtz

Over the years of playing pool I have always had a very strong support group, first and foremost I had very positive Support from my Mother & Father. Many a night Mom would wait up for me, just to hear all the stories I had for her from that night of play. Whether it be a tournament or just friendly play, mom just loved to hear about my progress in the game that I loved. The same goes for my Father, Dad would love to watch me play. I would often bring home videos that I had recorded of myself practicing, Dad being an old school pool player himself would be able to call out my end patterns in straight pool before I even got to the table. It always felt good to me that a could actually play an old school style of game that he could recognize from yesteryear, one that I have always told myself that I wish I could.

Since Mom & Dad have passed I no longer have their support, although I always will inside my heart. What I do have is the support of my beautiful wife Heather, and Best Friend and Brother Charles Eames. The both of them give me the push that I need to bring it to the next level, especially from Charlie. He keeps me on the top of my game, because if I back off not only will he recognize it, but he will sure capitalize on it when it’s his turn at the table.

I try to be supportive of all of my friends, and aspiring pool players. I believe that is that which keeps the game growing through the generations. There is nothing wrong with giving someone a pat on the back, and telling them “Good Game” or “You Played That Perfect”. It is at that point you will start to feel better about yourself, better yourself, and without a doubt better the sport.

August 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment