Andy Segal Wins 2010 Trick Shot Magic Title

Ivan Lee of Simonis Cloth and Scott Sullens of Fusion Tables presenting the trophy to Andy Segal

The 2010 GREEN VALLEY RANCH BILLIARDS SHOOTOUT was held September 2 in Las Vegas. Andy Segal defeated Jamey Gray for the TRICK SHOT MAGIC title and the lion's share of the $30,000 purse. Green Valley Ranch Resort was host to the event which was taped for three 1-hour telecasts on ESPN.

The Eleventh Annual TRICK SHOT MAGIC featured a stellar international cast vying for the most coveted title in Artistic Pool. The matches required each player to execute 10 Artistic shots in a challenge format. Players challenged their opponents with shots of their choice, with each player forced to make the shot to score a point. In the event of a tied score, the tiebreaker was an 8-rail bank shot onto the face of a $100 bill. The player who came closest to the center of the bill won the match.

Segal and Gray, both of the U.S.A., displayed their brilliance to emerge as the top trick shot artists. The Championship Match was poetry on green felt, with Segal defeating Gray by a score of 11-7 to take the crown and $10,000.  Gray, who otherwise played to top form in the event, claimed $5,000 second prize. In the semifinal action, Segal prevailed over Florian Kohler of France by a score of 11-8. The other semifinal saw Gray slip past Nick Nikolaidis of Canada 9-8 in a tight match. International trick shot stars who were bumped off in single elimination included Nikolaidis and Kohler, who won $3,000 each, and Tom Rossman (U.S.A.), Stefano Pelinga (Italy), Dave Nangle (U.S.A.) and Gabriel Visiou (Romania) who won $2,250 each.

The standing-room-only crowd gave Andy Segal and Jamey Gray a spirited ovation at the conclusion of the final match. The winner's trophy was presented to Segal by Scott Sullens of Fusion Billiard Tables and Ivan Lee of Simonis Cloth. The presentation brought another round of cheers from the audience.

In addition to the fine tournament site at Green Valley Ranch Resort, the event was sponsored by Fusion Billiard Tables, Aramith Tournament Balls, Simonis Cloth, Mueller Recreational Products, Executive Billiards Delta-13 Rack, AcCue Shot Target Practice Device and Silver Cup Chalk. The event was produced by Billiards International, Ltd.