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Going for the Short Rack~ Tim “The Monk” Miller

There are many opportunities to go for a short rack. It is important however that you follow a formula. Specific elements must present themselves before a ride on the nine is the right move. Obvious dead combo Table is cluttered up with no real chance to run out. In this case, you look for a

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Trick Shot ~ Brian Pauley

Everyone has seen someone do a trick shot on a pool table at some point. Whether it’s trick shot videos on social media, watching a competition on TV, or witnessing a trick shot show in person, people like seeing pool trick shots because they are entertaining and often times unbelievable. There is just something about

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The Cincinnati Kid ~ Anthony Beeler

A cold breeze and the sputter of snowflakes marked a cold February afternoon back in 2007.  Robert Walker, a close friend, hosted a monthly 9-ball tournament at The Billiard Café’.  It was a small, old time pool room nestled in the heart of Lancaster, Kentucky’s city square. Even though the pool room was small, local

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“Bar Rules” vs. “League Rules” ~ Jacqueline Karol

People always ask me what the right rules are for 8-ball.  The answer is that there are many different rules that you can play by and even many variations of bar rules and league rules within themselves.  It’s a matter of agreeing with your opponent ahead of time.   This is especially hard to do

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Trick Shot Tutorial ~ Tim Chin

Denver Sandwich By Tim Chin – www.trickshottim.com   The Denver Sandwich is an old setup shot that appeared in Robert Byrne’s Treasury of Trick Shots book. It hasn’t been too popularized, so it’s a solid under-the-radar shot if you wanted to use it in a tournament. I saw my good friend Ken “Sarge” Aylesworth shoot

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Purse Snatcher ~ Tim Chin

The Purse Snatcher is a classic set up shot that can get infuriating when you try it on an unfamiliar table. It was once in the Artistic Pool shot program but has been removed for so long that some of the younger, aspiring trick shot artists wouldn’t even know where to begin. The objective is

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Snap Out of It ~ Anthony Beeler

Pool is a game of ups and downs.  Most pool players experience a slump at some time or another. Slumps occur when you play below your expected ability for a prolonged period of time. Most pool players do not know why they are playing bad, so they tend to look for solutions in all the

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Anthony Beeler: Pool Teacher. ~ Patrick Sampey

Anthony Beeler is a no-nonsense billiards player, tactician of the pool table, and pool instructor of the highest caliber, providing lessons from his home and on the internet. He plays the game the way it should be played, with beauty, grace, and a simple elegance that sets him apart — moving around the table as

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Massé Away. ~ Florian Kohler {Tutorial}

This time I’ll introduce you a classical masse shot played in the trick shot championship. In the WPA program this shot is rated as a 7/10 regarding its DOD (degree of difficulty). This might look hard at the first sight but it’s actually very realistic for any good/medium pool player. A good thing too is

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Practice and Preparation. ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

This is part two of Darren Appleton’s article on practice and tournament preparation. Part one covers practice in general, and part two is specific to readying for competition. Usually while practicing for a tournament, let’s say U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, I practice 9-ball for a week. I play mainly against the ghost and play five

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