July 2014

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Fats Sailed Around the World Six Times. ~ John Langwig

Minnesota Fats may be the most unique and entertaining person pool has ever seen. He was a one-man quote machine, and there are a lot of great stories about him. Let’s start with some claims Minnesota Fats made at one time or another in his life: He sailed around the world six times, and survived

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Gripping Experiences. ~ Tom Simpson

On the first day of pool school, I point out that if you can’t deliver the cueball where you think it has to go, nothing else matters. All your strategy, knowledge, and experience won’t pocket a ball or win a game. Your fundamentals do that, and so they are first and foremost. At pool school,

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Black Belt Billiards. ~ “Hurricane” Wayne Jenkins {Video}

Hello Class! Are you ready to get on your way to earning your black belt in billiards? I will guarantee you, if you complete all of the games and skills exercises in this series, you will have earned it! Ready to get started? Great! This game is the advanced version from the “Hurricane’s” Hot Seat

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Pool Cues: How They are Made. ~ Kim Walker {Part 1}

Most pool players have seen the many different pool cues used by players everywhere. Pool cues are different length, different weight, different diameters, and are mostly made from wood but, many other materials have been used. I intend to build a pool cue and show exactly how it is done, by me. I say “by

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Stories on the Roam: Not on my Watch. ~ Barbara Lee

Snow, slots, pool! It’s the infamous US Pool Players Association (US PPA) Tournament a few years back in Reno, Nevada. Tony Annigoni, Tony Chohan and a huge cast of pool characters are dressed in the most interesting garb, playing twice a year events. A little guy is here that shoots almost standing straight up, then

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An Interview with Tyler Styer. ~ Suzanne Smith

How old were you when you started playing pool? Tyler: I started playing when I was 14. SS: What do you like about pocket billiards? Tyler: I like the fact that you don’t get paid until you perform. SS: What do you like to do besides play pool? Tyler: Hang with friends, listen to music,

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Pool Tip of the Day. ~ Barbara Lee

To pause or not to pause? And that can be debated every which way—some do as part of their shooting pattern and some don’t. Early on, here is what one coach told me after a few minutes at the table with him, “I really can’t tell when you are going to let go and stroke”.

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Sneaky Pete Mafia Press Release

Press Release Sneaky Pete Mafia July 25, 2014 Sneaky Pete Mafia is constantly striving to be a forerunner in the billiard industry, aiming to be bigger and better. With this goal in mind, we would like to announce that Universe Clothing Company and Sneaky Pete Mafia have joined forces, and will be releasing an incredible

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Stroke of Luck, Fatal English. ~ Tino Talamantes

“Hey man, how did you miss that shot?” asked my slightly perturbed teammate as I stepped away from the eight-foot pool table after taking a shot which seemed to be perfect in every way. Hence his inquisition of me for missing a game winning shot. A shot that would have given me a break and

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