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Billiards Wed Dec 13 2017 19:59:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Ronnie O’Sullivan set a record that will never be beaten exactly 20 years ago today. His name should be listed with other greats who have achieved feats that will never be eclipsed. Names like Jerry Rice, Richard Petty, Wilt Chamberlain, Wa
What do you get when pool players get around snow?A hustling snowman, of course!The south U.S. had some unprecedented snow last week (click to enlarge and view the snow accumulations):And one of my fellow pool players (Yvonne Ramirez) from Victoria,
I’ve had to jump through hoops to watch the biggest snooker event of the year, but no more! They’re airing it live via Facebook, so no more excuses people! Try it, you’ll love it. I’ve seen every year&#8217
If you have been following The Danielson Series I bet you are chomping at the bit wondering if he used a checklist during his last tournament, right??I was wondering too!Quick background, checklists can be an amazing resource to a player as reminders
As a tournament director of a handicapped tour I hear a ton of complaints when a player finally has their first real good finish.  I get SO FRUSTRATED!!Not because I can't handle the whining, but because do people not really realize that in
My fellow online billiard activist and friend, Tam Trinh, had a really cool question the other day on her Instagram account:Tam asked, "If pool was never invented, what do you think your replacement hobby would be?"I have pondered this question a few
One thing I love is when players talk to me after their tournaments.  They share things I either hadn't thought of, can relate, or can't wait to blog about!  lol.Here is one that came up recently in a convo that I thought was intrig
We have all heard of players who stop at every pawn shop they drive by looking for the elusive pool cue in the corner of the building, being sold for only $100 that is really a $2,000 cue unbeknownst to the owner?  Right?Heck, I even found a
What I have learned along the way in my pool journey is that certain songs that come to mean meaning for us in our pool journey are not chosen by us. We might imagine that our first big win will be to the Rocky theme song, right?  Or as our
I love seeing things like this - pool showing up even in the most unusual of mainstream places!Like this guy wearing an APA shirt on the Price is Right!(click image to enlarge)
I have wondered off and on throughout the years, what makes a person stop competing in pool?I can recall numerous ladies I used to play with in Texas that don't play on the ladies tour anymore.  Was it because they got older?  Becau
Although handicap tournaments are more difficult to run than Open tournaments, Fargo Ratings help me out so much!  And not just to me personally as the Tournament Director, but also for the players competing in handicapped events. 
I find myself wanting to help players improve more and more.  Because I give lessons now, it kinda comes even more naturally for me to see things more than usual and wanting to help.I've actually been a very perceptive person anyway, but it'
We all appreciate really great, assertive waiters/waitresses, right?  Well, one over the weekend was too assertive while at the same time very unfamiliar with pool.  Even tho she was working in a pool room!Deep into the tournament o
I think we all could be more careful with our choice of words.Sometimes they come off harsh and rude and uneffective.  Obviously, this is true in all aspects of life, not just our pool game.A friend of mine received some "advice" that wasn't
No, no, don't worry - this has nothing to do with real babies, lol.  Someone keeps telling me that the Omega Billiards Tour is "my baby."Every single time they tell me that, I counter with, "No, it's not.  It's the players Tour, not
Danielson and I were chatting a couple of weeks ago and we both mentioned that all of these learning lessons are really awesome, but too bad we can't go over things right before a tournament, instead of learning after each tournament.  Tourn
I know I talk a lot about leadership in my blog, and today is no exception!I wanted to share a discussion I had with someone about the Omega Tour ending, and a new Tour  starting up that will be run by guys.A player (male) shared his opinion
Boo!  Happy Halloween from me to you!  May your pool journey be filled with cat like reflexes and calm when needed.Rawr or meow?
In 1999 while living in Florida, I drove to Daytona Beach to take photos for AZBilliards.com of some players battling it out in the open air for everyone to watch/see/cheer, during bikefest in Daytona Beach.  I ran across these pics the othe
I am finding that my after thought that I had long ago to do interviews, has become more of walking dream!I had no idea how much conducting interviews and bringing you all (the pool fans) the answers to little  but meaningful questions, has
Danielson placed well in his last tournament (Omega stop at The Hideaway) and had another very consistent finish, placing 17th-24th.  Last year he never placed 17th or higher (not even once), and this year he's placed 17th three times and tw
I  sparred with my friend Tina a couple of times in early October.  Here we are before the bloodbath:The second time her and I met up, we were very distracted by another player.  He came in all cocky, and he had his own per
I have wondered at times throughout my pool journey if I had been more active in sports in high school, would I be a better pool player sooner in my pool journey?My Dad wanted me to focus on my grades in high school, so the one sport I was in for may
A friend of mine picked me up last week for a hike and as I got in her car, I saw this in her car door:Magic Rack!Now that's a dedicated pool player!
Everyone has their best style of learning for themselves.  What helps you best with remembering things and or learning?Some people are "show me" others are "let me do it" type of people.I thought it'd be interesting to share the different le
I heard once that Tiger Woods' Dad used to make him play golf in the rain.  Why you ask?  Because at times in his professional golf life, he would be having to play golf in the rain.  He was preparing his son for adverse co
I wish I would have thought of this on my own, but I did not.  Dang it.  lol.  I read this in a book over the weekend and of course as most things I read, I relate it to our journey with pool.What I read was about a runner
One of the toughest things to do when we go into a tournament is to not look around to see who else is playing. If you think you are the best person there, it can create an invisible sense of pressure.  If you think you are the worst person
I find it intriguing it takes me years to truly comprehend what a quote or sentence is really conveying.For instance....The first time I heard "second place is the real winner," I had just placed 2nd in a big Florida tournament in 1998.  Som
Paul Potier is one of my favorite instructors.  He has no idea about this at all, but he is.   I wrote about him once here, when he gave me advice while we were playing poker one time together at the Riviera.  Ever since th
You all know how I love quotes.  Check this one out from a presentation at work a couple of weeks ago and reflect how closely it relates to pool shots we take:Pretty awesome, huh?!  SPOT ON, Edison!
This is one of those unusual post topics where I'm going to just straightforwardly admit to you all that I was wrong.I WAS WRONG!And what a harsh reality it was for me, lol.I played in a tournament this past Saturday.  It was basically a tou
As I was watching the finals of one of the Omega tournaments recently, I noticed that one of the higher ranked players was showing signs of exhaustion at the end of the tournament.  It could have been due to dehydration (which I have written
I guess it's finally time to share I had an accident.  Why would I share this on a pool blog?  Yep, because it could affect my pool game.Basically, I had a fight with my lawnmower and I didnt win.  Dang it.Ive been doing my
My friend and book author, Phil Capelle, has a Go-Fund-Me campaign set up to help print his next book.  It will be a book that contains each of his 250 columns that were printed in Pool and Billiards!That's articles from May 1996 to July 201
The hardest decisions in life are the ones that affect other people.  When I stopped playing competitively, that tough decision only affected me.  Maybe a few others indirectly (like a team that wanted me or a scotch doubles partner
I stumbled upon this great quote which turns out to be fantastic advice, too, by tennis great Maria Sharapova.Let this soak in a bit:Best Way to Tame Butterflies:"If I'm nervous, it means I had to work hard to get there, whether it's playing in a tou
I'm not on social media that much lately, but I did just check Facebook this morning and one of their features is "on this day" and it showed up for me.And on this day a mere four years ago, my women's team, Born Ready, won the BCAPL National Champio
I think one of the things that players may not realize is, is that a Tournament Director of a Tour has to always be their best, no matter what.I'm not talking about doing things right or good during a stop, I'm talking about "acting" our best, no mat
Poker and pool have the same player personality annoyances.Let me prove my point, lol.You have the players - whether at the poker table or the pool table - who:eat at the table and make a messtalk WAY too much provide unsolicited opinionssme
I have written a few times how I am trying to be more mature in how I act around people I may not really like.  Especially running a business (the Omega Tour), it's imperative I treat everyone with respect no matter the past or my personal o
Danielson and I didn't really get to talk that much right after he finished playing in his August tournament. With 123 players, I was extremely busy and really didn't get a chance to delve into why he didn't have a better tournament this time (he wen
No words needed - short commercial speaks for itself.  This is so spot on, and I love that it's coming from sports super stars!
I unfortunately witnessed a very disheartening situation at one of the Omega tournaments this past summer.  As the Tournament Director of the tour, I am ashamed honestly to talk about this, but as you all know, I'm very open in my blogs and
Last weekend the Omega Billiards Tour made history hosting a record number of players: 123!The previous record was 105 players, just last year; save venue, same month.Wizards in Richardson, Texas has sixteen 8-foot tables - the largest number of same
A friend posted on FB after the Omega stop last weekend that she noticed she was mentally drained during one of her matches because there was a long wait-time between playing her matches (we had 123 players and it was a very long weekend!).I asked a
I wrote back in May about some out of the box tips that can help your game overall.But I failed to include a really tough one in that list!When I state this, you are going to think this is really easy.  Well, I dare you to try it! 
This month's installment of The Danielson Series is about refocusing early.One of Danielson's matches from the July Omega Billiards Tour stop was right in front of the tournament table, so I had no choice but to notice/watch/see.I actually tried not
As the main photographer of the Omega Billiards Tour (I wear many hats running the Tour, lol), I know probably more than anyone which players stay down well on their shots and which do not.Of course we may generally recognize which players shoot fast