John Smith Wins Illinois All American Tour Stop

John Smith, Owner Miguel Terrazas and Chad Hefke

The twenty-first stop of the 2006/2007 McDermott All American Tour (produced by the American CueSports Alliance – ACS) featured a $500 added purse with thirty-three players and was hosted by owner Miguel Terrazas and tournament director Ron Zech at Rudy's Place in Aurora, Illinois, on Saturday, February 10. The event included a double-elimination 8-ball format on bar boxes, and John Smith (N. Aurora, IL) ran undefeated to the finals. In the hot-seat match, Smith sprinted past Bob Romano (Homer Glen, IL) 5-2. Earlier in the A-bracket semi-finals, Smith had out pointed Chad Hefke (Aurora, IL) 5-2, while Bob Romano knocked off Mark Rudolph (Chicago, IL) 5-3. In the B-side quarterfinals, Mark Rudolph clipped Rich Mager (Earlsville, IL) 5-4, and Chad Hefke knocked out Ben Garcia (Aurora, IL) 5-1. Hefke then ousted Rudolph 5-1 in the B-side semis, and he continued on in the B-side finals to eliminate Romano 5-4. John Smith continued his dominance in the tourney finals, defeating Chad Hefke 5-1 for the title!

By virtue of 1st-place John Smith being the highest-finishing ACS member, he qualified for a free singles entry into the 2007 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas – courtesy of the ACS. The ACS wishes to thank sponsors McDermott Handcrafted Cues, Silver Cup Chalk, Billiard Wholesalers and Pro Series Cases for their support in donating “Value-In-Kind” product for this and all stops on the McDermott All American Tour. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting the ACS.

Saturday, February 24, will feature two McDermott All American Tour stops: Smokies in Virginia Beach, VA hosting a $1,000 added 9-ball stop (for onsite entry details contact Mike Wilson at 757-855-2071 ext. 3) and Lassiter's Billiards in Clinton, IA hosting a $500 added 8-ball stop (for onsite entry details contact Jon Van Roekel at 563-243-4361). Information, entry details and schedules for the 2006/2007 McDermott All American Tour are available at The ACS is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to heightening the interest and awareness of cue sports through the support and sanctioning of organized competition throughout the United States and North America.