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Dick Jaspers Victorious in Las Vegas World Cup

Final awards ceremony

Dick Jaspers continued his march of devastation through the three-cushion world by securing a 50 to 43 victory over Sameh Sidhom of Egypt in the finals of the 2022 Las Vegas World Cup. With the win, the Dutch master notched his third consecutive victory on the world stage. Having won the World Championship in December 2021 in Egypt and the Ankara World Cup in January 2022, Jaspers secured his position as the number one ranked player in the world. Jaspers, a few months shy of his 57th birthday, also exorcized a demon of his past. In 2003, the last time the World Cup was held in the United States, also in Las Vegas, Jaspers lost in the final to Samih Sayginer of Turkey. This time, he would not be denied the trophy.

Sponsored by Predator, the Las Vegas World Cup was held at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Resort from March 27 to April 2. It is one of 6 World Cup tournaments to be played in 2022 under the auspices of the Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB), the world governing body for carom billiards. The first World Cup was held in Ankara, Turkey in January, and the next one will be held in Vietnam in May, followed by tournaments in Korea, the Netherlands, and Egypt. Each World Cup has 149 players. Seventeen players are seeded in the final 32 players: the 14-highest ranked players, 2 wild cards from the organizer, and 1 wild card from the UMB. The other 15 players qualify through a series of four qualifying rounds: PPPQ, PPQ, PQ and Q. The final 32 players are placed into 8 groups of 4 (A to H). After a round robin play, the top 2 in each group advance to a knockout (single elimination) bracket of 16 players. The winner in each world cup receives 16000€ and 80 ranking points. Second place takes home 10000€ and earns 54 ranking points. A total of 106,500€ is awarded in prize money.

Jaspers reached the finals without a blemish on his record, winning three games in Group A. In the first round of the knockout phase, Jaspers squeaked out a win over Murat Coklu of Turkey, 50 to 48. The game was mere prelude. Having found his stroke, the Dutch wizard dispatched Marco Zanetti of Italy 50 to 17 in 17 innings for a 2.941 average, the best game in the main draw. In the semi-finals, Jaspers scored 38 billiards in 10 middle innings and topped Haeng Jik Kim of Korea 50 to 31 in 26 (1.923). 

Sidhom’s run to the finals was equally impressive. He emerged from Group F with victories over Belgians Eddy Merckx and Roland Forthomme, and a tie with Huberney Catano of Colombia. In his game against Merckx, Sidhom made 40 in 18 innings for a 2.222 average. He made 40 in 20 innings for a 2.000 average in a victory over the other Belgian, and defeated Quyet Chien Tran of Vietnam 50 to 38 in 34 innings. In the quarter finals, Sidhom battled with Pedro Piedrabuena of the United States, securing a 50 to 43 victory in a strategic game. In the semi-finals, Sidhom, with a high runoff 11, bested Jeremy Bury of France, 50 to 39 in 29 innings for a 1.724 average. 

In the finals, Sidhom jumped to a 13 to 3 lead, but then stalled, the points becoming harder to get. He limped for several innings, and Jaspers caught up at 14 after a run of 9. The players traded billiards for several innings. After 15 innings, they were notched at 21, each player showing some nerves. Jaspers was able to calm himself and pushed ahead, building a steady lead through the middle innings. The Egyptian cueist tried to cling to his opponent, but Jaspers continued to build his lead. At 44 to 36, Jaspers made 3, putting victory in sight. Sidhom responded with creative shot making and a run of 6, before missing a short-short-short from an impossible diagonal position. After the run, it was clear that Sidhom’s perseverance, creativity, and mental toughness had won over the crowd, but bad-to-impossible leaves of the balls eventually proved too much for the young dentist from Cairo. 

Jaspers stepped to the table, his white ball in the corner and balls 2 and 3 at the opposite end of the table. He pondered the position as the shot clock ticked down. With 4 seconds left, he played an up and down—short, short, long—clipping both balls after the third rail. After a missed double the rail, the balls rested in another impossible position. Sidhom played the shot of the game, a bounce-back five cushion for his 43rd point, but the balls would not cooperate. After Sidhom missed from a difficult leave, Jaspers closed out with a run of 2, securing his 27th World Cup victory. The crowd erupted into applause for the victor, but the audience also showed its appreciation for the second-place winner with a long ovation, and the 35-year-old Egyptian was emotionally moved by the acknowledgment.

America had 34 players compete in the World Cup, a dozen more than its allotment. America was the recipient of bad luck by the Vietnamese contingent, who could not secure Visas for all their players. At the last minute, 10 players from the Asian country dropped out, opening the door for eager American three-cushion enthusiasts. The highest finish of a United States player was accomplished by Pedro Piedrabuena of San Diego. The multiple-time US National champion was selected by Predator as one of its two wild card selections. Seeded into the final 32 players, Piedrabuena won his group with two victories and a tie, thereby advancing to the knockout phase. In the first round, Piedrabuena met an old foe, Torbjörn Blomdahl of Sweden. The American played a marvelous game, leaving the six-time world champion bad position after bad position. With a sprint at the end, Piedrabuena came out on top, 50 to 38 in 30 innings (1.666). In the quarter finals, Piedrabuena played another spirted game, but ended up on the wrong side of the ledger, losing to Sidhom 50 to 43 in 27 innings. For his efforts, Piedrabuena finished 6th in the final rankings, adding 26 points to his world ranking.

Predator’s other wild card selection, Hugo Patiño of New York, failed to get out of his group in the main draw. Drawn into Group C, Patiño struggled in a loss against Blomdahl, losing 40 to 23 in 23 innings. He fared better against Pedro Gonzalez of Colombia, winning 40 to 27 in 29 innings. Patiño’s best game came in a losing effort against Dani Sanchez of Spain, who notched 40 in 20 innings to Patiño’s 30 also in 20 innings. Patiño finished with a very respectable grand average of 1.291 but could do no better than 3rd in the group. Patiño finished 24th in the final rankings. 

Piedrabuena and Patiño were not the only Americas to shine on the Las Vegas stage. Hometown player Frank Torres, now well into his 70s, made a glorious run, advancing from the PPQ round to the Q round before falling short of the main draw. The Silver Fox, who finished 2nd in the 1987 world championship, finished 50th with a grand average of 0.907 and a best-game average of 1.235. Jesus Corona, from Las Angeles, had the high run for the entire tournament, a 16 made in the PPQ round. 

The World Cup will return to Las Vegas the next three years, again sponsored by Predator.

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Las Vegas World Cup Groups Drawn

Hugo Patino and Pedro Piedrabuena from the 2021 Silver Cup

The UMB has drawn the groups for the March 27 to April 2 World Cup in Las Vegas.  The groups, player list, and timetable can be found on the UMB website (https://www.umb-carom.org) under the Active Events tab.  Twenty-two (22) USBA players will participate in the World Cup.

The Las Vegas World Cup, sponsored by Predator, will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Per the UMB rules, Predator has selected Pedro Piedrabuena and Hugo Patiño as its wildcard entries into the 1/16 main tournament round at the World Cup. Piedrabuena won his 10th national championship crown in December 2021, and Patiño is a four-time USA title holder.
Joining Piedrabuena and Patiño in the World Cup are twenty (20) other USBA enthusiasts. Ten (10) USBA players have been placed into the groups per the UMB rules. Tae Kyu Lee and Miguel Torres, based on their world rankings, were placed into the PQ round. Lee won the 2020 US national tournament and finished second in the 2021 nationals. Torres has won the US national tournament twice. Five (5) USBA players, based on their finish in the 2021 US National tournament, have been placed into the PPQ round: Young Kyu Lee, Edward Gomez, John Park, Kang Lee, and Eric Kwon. Raymond Groot, who was selected by the USBA, has also been placed in the PPQ round. Mazin Shooni and Frank Torres, each a former national champion chosen by the USBA to participate in the World Cup, have been placed in the PPPQ round.
Ten (10) spots remain to be chosen for USBA entries into the World Cup. Eight (8) will be chosen on March 25 in a qualifier, and the other two (2) will be determined on March 26 in a second qualifier. The following USBA players are entered into the March 25 qualifier.

 

Mario Garcia
Quoc Vo
Seungkwon Hong
Raye Raskin
Ricardo Carranco
Jesus Corona
Ertan Tarhan
Carlos Villegas
Jorge Hernan John Patarroyo
Andres Fernandez
Jose Pelayo
Andres Mora
Vicke Pineda
Jairo Lenis
Zoel A Kehrt Matta
Camilo Medina
Chang Pyun
Jose Cruz
Julian Banol Molina
Ahmet Ozan
Jay Karahan
Ricky Carranco Sr.
Young Gul Lee
Henry Ugartechea
Guillermo Alejandro Sosa
Jovanny Caballos
Elmer Meza
Jose Delatorre
Ho Ahn
Bilal Khalifa
Olegario Gonzalez
Trinidad Espinosa

 

These thirty-two (32) players will be drawn into 8 groups of 4, with the winner of each group qualifying. On March 26, there will be a single elimination bracket to determine the final two (2) qualifiers. The players will play in a single-elimination bracket, with the two (2) finalists earning spots in the World Cup. SOME SPOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE MARCH 26 QUALIFIER. REGISTER ON THE USBA WEBSITE.

For any questions about the USBA qualifiers for the World Cup, or for the World Cup, call 410 599 8177.

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Ten Spots Remain for USBA World Cup

Mazin Shooni (Rick Schmitz – Rixx Images)

The USBA field for the Las Vegas World Cup is rounding out. The USBA has selected Mazin Shooni, Frank Torres and Raymon Groot to participate in the tournament. With their selection, ten spots remain for USBA players. These will be determined on March 25 and 26 at two qualifying tournaments to be held in Las Vegas prior to the start of the World Cup.

Three players selected by USBA

Shooni and Torres are past USBA national champions. Groot finished second in the 2020 USBA national tournament. All three have extensive international playing experience, with Torres’ second place finish in the 1987 World Championship being the most-notable highlight. They join nine other USBA players who have been selected to play in the tournament.

Two players have been selected by Predator, the host organizer for the World Cup, as its wildcards: Pedro Piedrabuena and Hugo Patiño. Piedrabuena finished first in the 2021 USBA national tournament. Patiño is a four-time USBA national champion. The USBA had previously selected the following players based on their top-eight placement in the 2021 National tournament: Tae Kyu Lee, Young Kyu Lee, Edward Gomez, John Park, Miguel Torres, Kang Lee, and Eric Kwon.

The Las Vegas World Cup, scheduled from March 27 to April 2, 2022 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, is one of eight similar tournaments on the UMB calendar for 2022. Each tournament is limited to 149 players.

Ten to be determined at qualifying tournament

San Antonio Teams Grab the Headlines at 2012 Lucasi Hybrid ACS Nationals in Las Vegas

The American CueSports Alliance (ACS) conducted its most successful national championships to date with a record $36,500 in added prize monies drawing players from throughout North America to twenty-three divisions of competition at the 2012 Lucasi Hybrid ACS National Championships in Las Vegas.  Over 90% of attendees chose the host hotel, the Tropicana Las Vegas, for lodging – primarily attracted by early-bird hotel rates and discounted entry fees.  The Tropicana Las Vegas is near the center of the action on the Las Vegas strip, and the dates – May 5-11 – and the gorgeous setting of this renovated property have quickly won over the players as a great site for pool action!  The biggest highlight of these Championships was San Antonio TX capturing four of the nine team titles up for grabs!

Singles action began at the first of the week with handicapped 9-ball.  Dustin Gunia of Omaha, NE,  improved on his 4th place performance in 2011 by outperforming fellow Nebraskan – Chris Siefken (Lincoln, NE) – in the finals for the title by a 10-4 margin.  On the distaff side, Susan Orr (Las Vegas, NV) took two sets in the final against Richmond, Kentucky’s Samantha Patton (2-5, 5-2) to earn her crown! Results from the many divisions of 8-ball singles included: Dustin Gunia performing a rare double by outpointing Glenn Atwell (Clay Center, KS) 7-4 in the finals of Men’s Advanced Singles 8-Ball;  Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) adding to her growing list of ACS Nationals titles with a come-from-behind, two-set finals decision over undefeated Kawania Watson (San Antonio, TX) in the Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles – 7-3/7-4;  Richard Louapre (Jersey City, NJ) double-dipping undefeated Robert Nelson (Sycamore, IL) 5-4/5-3 for the Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles championship; Susan Orr scoring another title with a 4-2 finals defeat of Mandy Schneider-Hood (Houston, TX) for the Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles laurels; undefeated Joey Glover (Virginia Beach, VA) outdistancing David Field (Calgary, AB) in the first set of the finals – 5-3 – for the Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles division success; and Bernadine Crowchild (Calgary, AB) besting Arlene David (Virginia Beach, VA) by a 4-1 margin for the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles glory.  

In the senior-aged 8-ball singles divisions, Dennis Brown (Creston, BC) took down Claude Gragg III (Arlington, TX) in the deciding set of the finals, 5-3, for the Men’s Senior (55+) 8-Ball Singles crown;  Shawn Modelo (Antioch, CA) captured her third straight Women’s Senior (50+) 8-Ball Singles title by clipping Susan Kornerly (Two Rivers, WI) 4-3 in the finals; and Keith Parker (Henderson, NV) needed only one finals set to take the Super Senior (65+) Singles 8-Ball Singles title from Charles Smith (Whitesboro, TX) by a 5-2 margin!

The two Scotch Doubles 8-Ball divisions included the powerhouse duo of Dustin Gunia and Jessica Frideres (each winners of their respective Advanced Singles 8-Ball divisions) defending their 2011 title in the Advanced Scotch Doubles division with a narrow 7-6 finals win over Susan Orr/Ricky White (Las Vegas, NV); while the Canadian team of Anne Sinclair/ Michael Therrien (ON) needed just one set as well to claim 4-2 victory over Grand Junction, Colorado’s Sandra Walsh and David Miles in the Open Scotch Doubles category.

With the ACS schedule in the latter portion of the week allowing non-conflicting accommodation of entry into both 9-ball and 8-ball team competitions, there was still plenty of competition to keep every player involved – especially those out of the money who automatically qualified for free second-chance team divisions!  In the Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division, Dick’s Pick [Greg Kuhl, Donnie Branson, Rocky Phipps, Fred Boggs, Lyn Wechsler and Jimmy Moore] (Las Vegas, NV) defended its 2011 title by eclipsing Virginia’s Brass Bell 13-8 in the title match.  The Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Team division showcased Knaw Kaw Min [Becky Mowdy, Brandy Phillips, Judy Griffith, Sherry Griffin and Jan Aust] (WA) battling to a final’s win over Ontario’s Eenie Meenie Miney Moe.  At this point, Team Mireles from San Antonio, TX started collecting titles.  In the Men’s Open 8-Ball Team competition, undefeated Team Mireles [Frank Ferrer, Shane Manaole, Pat Powers, Jacob Jimenez, Rick Robles, Gerard Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez and Eric Aicinena] outdistanced New York’s Foreign Policy 13-9 in the title match.  The Women’s Open 8-Ball Team division showcased the Virginia team of Footers Femme Fatale [Alena Joyce, Tiffiny Ebner, Diana Wirt and Marcia Schomburg] recovering from big deficits in two sets of the finals (2-7/4-7) to claim the top prize by 10-8/10-7 scores over Iowa’s No Balls Just Racks.  

The Men’s Standard 8-Ball Team division witnessed a similar rebound for eventual winner, The Tribe (BC) [Tyler Chan, Doug Narcisse, Charles Narcisse, Adam Beeds and Bill Armstrong].  In the first match of the tournament, The Tribe faced Las Vegas’s Dick’ Pick and trailed 8-12 before recovering for a 13-12 win.  Dick’s Pick was not deterred and marched through the B-side of the bracket for another shot at The Tribe in the finals.  Again, The Tribe was down again at 9-12, but won the last four games for the Championship by another 13-12 margin!   In the Women’s Standard 8-Ball Team division, Virginia’s Inland Reef 1 [Michelle Carawan, Tavonia Millender, Beverly Michelle Carawan, Teresa Price, Jennifer O’Brien and Ashley Hoover] took the undefeated route to the finals and repelled El Paso’s Twinz by a 10-7 margin for the crown.

The 3-person 9-ball team divisions were swept by San Antonio TX!  Once-defeated Team Mireles Too [Rick Robles, Shane Manaole, Pat Powers and Gerard Jimenez] took down Las Vegas’s Ray’s Babys in two sets by 19-17/19-11 margins for the Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Team title.  Another San Antonio team, Vito’s Ladies [Mary Ida Gamez, Elizabeth Blancas, Kawania Watson and Sophie Lopez], captured the Women’s Open 9-Ball Team laurels with a 10-8 victory over Eenie Meenie Miney Moe [ON].  In the Men’s Open 9-Ball Team category, Team Mireles [Frank Ferrer Jr., Jacob Jimenez, Lupe Sanchez and Eric Aicinena] struck again with a 19-13 finals decision over New York’s Foreign Policy (victims in the MOT8 finals as well!).

In the 8th Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championships, Connie Eddins of Santee CA. edged out the boys for the title.  ACS would like to especially thank our title sponsor – Lucasi Hybrid Cues, as well as Gary Benson and his tournament direction staff at High Country Promotions, as well as the exhibiting vendors and the host site – the Tropicana Las Vegas!  The ACS Nationals is already looking to returning to the Tropicana May 11-17, 2013!  The ACS is a national non-profit, member-governed association which will sanction any local pool league (whether player-run or owner-operated) via a $10 annual sanction fee.  Contact the ACS at 1-888-662-1705 or www.americancuesports.org for complete information on sanctioning your league! 

The ACS currently sanctions leagues in 38 states and enjoys reciprocal relations with its sister organization in Canada (Canadian Cue Sport Association – CCS).  Twelve state associations are affiliated to ACS; and the ACS offers a Lucasi Hybrid Midwest ACS Championships each January at the Riverside Resort & Casino in Iowa.  The ACS produces a national amateur Lucasi Hybrid All American Tour each Fall thru Spring and offers certification for both instructors and referees dedicated to the sport.

FINAL RESULTS: 

Men’s 9-Ball Singles ($1,500 added) 
1st Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) $1,350 + Trophy
2nd Chris Siefken (Lincoln, NE) $1,000 + Trophy
3rd Wayne Graves (Orillia, ON) $705 + Trophy
4th Bill Mason (Virginia Beach, VA) $450
5-6th Brian Jones (Monmouth, IL) $300
Don Branson II (Las Vegas, NV)
7-8th Kenneth Brisbon (Oxford, MI) $250
Richard Burke (St. John’s, NL)
9-12th Victor Tyynismaa (Lake Havasu, AZ) $200
Jason Kane (New York, NY)
James Dozier (Scotia, NY)
Ted Mauro (Pueblo, CO)
13-16th Rodney Browne III (Westlake, LA) $150
David Sowards (Huntington, WV)
Austin Sissel (Sioux City, IA)
Dennis Brown (Creston, BC)
17-24th Michael Bein (Virginia Beach, VA) $100
Joseph Evinger (Milwaukie, OR)
Ricardo Espinosa (Austin, TX)
William Frisby (Floodwood, MN)
Freddie Boggs (Henderson, NV)
Zenon Rawley (Jensen Beach, FL)
Robert Brown (Leesville, LA)
Thomas Carawan (Virginia Beach, VA)

Women’s 9-Ball Singles ($1,000 added) 
1st Susan Orr (Las Vegas, NV) $800 + Trophy
2nd Samantha Patton (Richmond,KY) $500 + Trophy
3rd Shari Rice (Omaha, NE) $350 + Trophy
4th Claudia Morado (Phoenix, AZ) $280
5-6th Rhonda Wright (Westlake, LA) $225
Connie Eddins (Santee, CA)
7-8th Sylvia Flater (West Valley, UT) $175
Jennifer Fugman (Monmouth, IL)
9-12th Mandy Schneider-Hood (Houston, TX) $125
Jamie Toennies (Largo, FL)
Jessica Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA)
Teresa Perser (Ball, LA)

Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles ($3,000 added) 
1st Dustin Gunia (Omaha, NE) $2,000 + Trophy
2nd Glenn Atwell (Clay Center, KS) $1,200 + Trophy
3rd Chris Siefken (Lincoln, NE) $800 + Trophy
4th Donald Branson (Las Vegas, NV) $500
5-6th Freddie Boggs (Hendersaon, NV) $300
Kenneth Brisbon (Oxford, MI)
Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Seaqn Morgan (New York, NY) $400
2nd Derrick Cantu (Alexandria, LA) $190

Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles ($3,000 added) 
1st Jessica Frideres (Fort Dosge, IA) $1,500 + Trophy
2nd Kawania Watson (San Antonio, TX) $1,000 + Trophy
3rd Paula Reeder (Ewing, MO) $700 + Trophy
4th Toni Sakamoto (Calgary, AB) $500
5-6th Teresa Perser (Ball, LA) $300
Kit Dennis (Ridgefield, WA)
Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Jamie Toennies (Largo, FL) $300
2nd Jan Aust (Bend,OR) $195

Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles ($1,500 added)
1st Richard Louapre (Jersey City, NJ) $2,000 + Trophy
2nd Robert Nelson (Sycamore, IL) $1,300 + Trophy
3rd Jason Kane (New York, NY) $1,000 + Trophy
4th Wendell Dean Lawson (Versailles, KY) $710
5-6th Ephriam Day (Hamilton, ON) $550
Richard Robles (San Antonio, TX)
7-8th Donald O’Connor (Sulphur, LA) $400
David Sowards (Huntington, WV)
9-12th Ricardo Espinosa (Austin, TX) $300
Harry Kernodle (Norfolk, VA)
Aaron Watchmaker (Kehewin, AB)
Joseph Hughes III (Chesapeake, VA)
13-16th Calvin Gulley (Lexington, KY) $200
Ted Harms (Calgary, AB)
Samuel Bruso (Calgary, AB)
David Perry (Virginia Beach, VA)
17-24th Bruce Moorhees Sr. (Waverly, NY) $150
Jason Weinhold (Ennismore. ON)
Lupe Sanchez (San Antonio, TX)
Brian Carson (Calgary, AB)
Julian Russell (Fort McMurray, AB)
John Pawluk (Calgary, AB) 
Austin Sissel (Sioux City, IA)
Wayne Graves (Orillia, ON)
Men’s Open 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Lance Mayer (Sycamore, IL) $300
2nd Chris McCreary (Las Vegas. NV) $200
3-4th Erik Otto (Bloomingdale, IL) $100
Michael McNaughton (Virginia Beach, VA)

Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles ($1,500 added)
1st Susan Orr (Las Vegas, NV) $1,500 + Trophy
2nd Mandy Schneider-Hood (Houston, TX) $1,000 + Trophy
3rd Melinda Bailey (Fort Worth, TX) $700 + Trophy
4th Samantha Patton (Richmond, KY) $500
5-6th April Jockisch (Rio Rancho, NM) $350
Amy Encinias (Las Vegas, NV)
7-8th Sylvia Flater (West Valley City, UT) $250
Michelle Jarrell (Spring Hill, FL)
9-12th Sophia Lopez (San Antonio, TX) $150
Trina Blackman (Cold Lake, AB)
Stefanie Virag (Georgetown, ON)
Jennifer Fugman (Monmouth, IL)
13-16th Janet Smith (Clearwater, FL) $120
Rachel Klein-Johnson (Lockport, IL)
Mary Ellen Clements (Winter Park, FL)
Tiffiny Ebner (Norfolk, VA)
Women’s Open 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Anne Sinclair (Orono, ON) $300
2nd Valerie Porter (Los Angeles, CA) $200
3-4th Michele Gonzalez (Peoria, AZ) $100
Claudia Miller (Tulsa, OK)

Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Joseph Glover (Virginia Beach, VA) $1,500 + Trophy
2nd David Field (Calgary, AB) $1,000 + Trophy
3rd Michael Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA) $700 + Trophy
4th Gordon Graham (N. Las Vegas, NV) $505
5-6th Jeffrey Huston (Antioch, CA) $350
David Miles (Delta, CO)
7-8th Paul Cochran (Minneapolis, MN) $250
Shane Evans (Milton, WV)
9-12th Brad Hedges (Virginia Beach, VA) $175
Norbert Fonte (Las Vegas, NV)
Doug Douglas (Menomonee Falls, WI)
David Newnam (Virginia Beach, VA)
13-16th Anthony Ortiz (Virginia Beach, VA) $125
Christopher Pemberton (Virginia Beach, VA)
Francis Kornerly (Two Rivers, WI)
Eldon Vansandt (Calgary, AB)
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Ryan Peterson (Burnsville, MN) $300
2nd Mark East (Creston, BC) $200
3-4th Layne Arthur (Regina, SK) $100
Mark Dancel (Virginia Beach, VA)
Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Bernadine Crowchild (Calgary, AB) $900 + Trophy
2nd Arlene David (Virginia Beach, VA) $600 + Trophy
3rd Joanne Ricard (Hamilton, ON) $380 + Trophy
4th Suzanne Shoul (Glen Rock, PA) $250
5-6th Sarah Justis (Virginia Beach, VA) $200
Christie Tipper (Campbell River, BC)
Women’s Standard 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Tina Miles (Suffolk, VA) $300
2nd Heidi McCarter (Portsmouth, VA) $200
3-4th Jennifer Schlichting (Taylorsville, UT) $100
Edith Waldon (Norfolk, VA)

Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Dennis Brown (Creston, BC) $1,100 + Trophy
2nd Claude Gragg III (Arlington, TX) $720 + Trophy
3rd William Mason (Virginia Beach, VA) $500 + Trophy
4th Raynald Deveault (W. Kelowna, BC ) $350
5-6th Brian Trudel (Calgary, AB) $250
Stewart Hunter (Cambridge, ON)
7-8th Robert Brown (Leesville, LA) $150
Richard Arensdorf (Lexington, KY)
Men’s Senior 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Rodney Browne (Westlake, LA) $300
2nd Richard Burke (St. John’s, NL) $150
3-4th Roger Anderson (Boise, ID) $90
Derrell Smith (Lake Charles, LA)

Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Shawn Modelo (Antioch, CA) $1,000 + Trophy
2nd Susan Kornerly (Two Rivers, WI) $700 + Trophy
3rd Kim Anderson (Boise, ID) $500 + Trophy
4th Patience West (Litchfield Park, AZ) $300
Women’s Senior 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st Katherine Noordman (Courtice, ON) $200
2nd Connie Lackey (Portage, IN) $100
Super Senior 8-Ball Singles ($1,000 added)
1st Keith Parker (Henderson, NV) $1,000 + Trophy
2nd Charles Smith (Whitesboro, TX) $700 + Trophy
3rd Randy Goettlicher (Carrollton, TX) $500 + Trophy
4th Joseph Turner (Tampa, FL) $350
5-6th Thomas Fankhauser (Decatur, IL) $250
Madison Adkins (Winchester, KY)
7-8th Zenon Rawley (Jensen Beach, FL) $150
Vincent Modelo (Antioch, CA)
Super Senior 8-Ball Singles – 2nd Chance Division
1st John Alexis (St. Paul, MN) $200
2nd Jerome Iafollo (Steger, IL) $110 

Advanced Scotch Doubles ($500 added)
1st Jessica Frideres/ Dustin Gunia (NE/IA) $1,000 + Trophies
2nd Susan Orr/ Ricky White (NE) $600 + Trophies
3rd Teresa Perser/Derrick Cantu (LA) $330 + Trophies
4th Shari Rice/Jerrod Frideres (NE/IA) $200
5-6th Gina Knight/Kenneth Brisbon (IL/MI) $100
Rhonda Wright/ Robert Hawes (LA)

Open Scotch Doubles
1st Anne Sinclair/ Michael Therrien (ON) $1,000 + Trophies
2nd Sandra Walsh/ David Miles (CO) $654 + Trophies
3rd Claudio Morado/ Breck Young (AZ) $400 + Trophies
4th April Jockisch/ Richard Jockisch (NM) $300
5-6th Misty Bennett/ David Sowards (WV) $250
Ashley Hoover/ Kory Velazquez (VA)
7-8th Arlene David/ William Mason (VA) $200
Traci Reilly/ David Newnam (VA)
9-12th Rumi Brown/ Joey Glover (VA) $150
Melissa Carawan / Joseph Hughes (VA)
Maria Simonson/ Christopher Carpenter (AZ)
Sandi Peterson/ Dan Johnson (AB)
13-16th Yvonne Roadcap/ Rodney Roadcap (VA) $100
Michele Gonzalez/ Ronnie Vires (AZ)
Alena Joyce/ Joe Wood (VA)
Cassandra Bein / Michael Bein (VA)

Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams ($3,000 added)
1st Dick’s Pick (NV) $2,245 + Trophies
2nd Brass Bell (VA) $1,400 + Trophies
3rd American Legion 313 (KY) $1,000 + Trophies
Men’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Wrecking Crew (LA) $500

Women’s Advanced 8-Ball Teams ($3,000 added)
1st Knaw Kaw Min (WA) $2,290 + Trophies
2nd Eenie Meenie Miney Moe (ON) $1,300 + Trophies
Men’s Open 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Team Mireles (TX) $2,500 + Trophies
2nd Foreign Policy (NY) $1,600 + Trophies
3rd Hot Shots (AZ) $1,000 + Trophies
4th Damaged Goods (AB) $750
5-6th Nite Hawk (OR) $500
Knuckleheads (VA)
7-8th Rose & Jim’s 2 (KY) $360
Untouchable (WV)
Men’s Open 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st ERO Speedwagon (ON) $300
2nd Classic Cues (CO) $200
3-4th Tap Out Trio (OK) $100
T’s Bar (CO)
5-8th Str8 Ballin’ (BC) $75
Squires Fryars (KY)
Bull Shooters (OH)
43rd Avenue Tavern Rumors (AZ)

Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Footers Femme Fatale (VA) $2,000 + Trophies
2nd No Balls Just Racks (IA) $1,080 + Trophies
3rd Lucky Monkey 4-Some (TX) $600 + Trophies
4th One Shot Wonders (OK) $400
Women’s Open 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st After Eight (FL) $300
2nd No Where To Go (OK) $200
3-4th Deli Avengers (AZ) $100
NDN Time (AB)
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st The Tribe (BC) $1,500 + Trophies
2nd Dick’s Picks (NV) $1,000 + Trophies
3rd Rack-Em Inc. (BC) $615 + Trophies
4th Ball Busters (MN) $400
5-6th Rearview Athletic League (NM) $300
Koushins (AB)
7-8th Ready Room (VA) $225
Footers Rack Attack (VA)
9-12th Know Names (UT) $150
Greenie’s (VA)
Don’t Break Our Balls (BC)
Megalomania (SK)
Men’s Standard 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Don’t Hold It Against Us (CO) $300
2nd Cue Ball Wizards (SK) $200
3-4th Lights (TX) $100
Screaming Pterodactyls (NM)
5-8th Moosefits (KY) $75
Enochs Troublemakers (AZ)
Banque Just The Tip (VA)
Hollie’s Hopefuls (ON)

Women’s Standard 8-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Inland Reef 1 (VA) $1,200 + Trophies
2nd Twinz (TX) $900 + Trophies
3rd Finish Line (IL) $600 + Trophies
4th Hard 2 Handle (TX) $370
Women’s Standard 8-Ball Teams – 2nd Chance Division
1st Venus Envy (BC) $300
2nd Blane’s Cue T’s (UT) $100

Men’s Advanced 9-Ball Teams ($2,000 added)
1st Team Mireles Too (TX) $1,785 + Trophies
2nd Ray’s Babys (NV) $1,100 + Trophies
3rd Dick’s Picks (NV) $700 + Trophies
4th Team Canada Eh! (AB) $300 

Women’s Open 9-Ball Teams ($1,500 added)
1st Vito’s Ladies (TX) $1,200 + Trophies
2nd Eenie Meenie Miney Moe (ON) $800 + Trophies
3rd The Spin Stops Here (IL) $500 + Trophies
4th Beach Brats (VA) $325

Men’s Open 9-Ball Teams ($1,500 added)
1st Team Mireles (TX) $1,500 + Trophies
2nd Foreign Policy (NY) $1,000 + Trophies
3rd Island Reef Bob (VA) $700 + Trophies
4th Nite Hawk (OR) $485
5-6th Zang !!! (AB) $300
Make It Hurt (VA)
7-8th The Buccaneers (FL) $150
Easy 9 (PA)

8th Annual ACS National Artistic Pool Championship ($500 added)
1st Connie Eddins (Santee, CA) $300 + Plaque 
2nd   Mark East (Creston, BC) $200 + Plaque 
3rd Jerrod Frideres (Fort Dodge, IA) $100 
4th Stacey Lantz (St. Petersburg, FL) $37.50  
5th Dean Lawson (Lexington, KY) $37.50   
6th Darren Blackman (Edmonton, AB) $25 
7th Ralph Cohan (Virginia Beach, VA) $25 
8th Jason Kane (New York, NY) $25 

Scotch Doubles Best Dressed:
Ashley Hoover and Thomas Carawan (VA)

Men’s Best Dressed Team:
Easy 9 (York, PA)  

Women’s Best Dressed Team:
 Felt On Table (Hamilton, ON) – sponsored by Hank’s Place and Dizzy Weasel

League Operators of the Year:
Stanley Bare – Greater Huntington Amateur 8-Ball League (Huntington, WV)
Wayne Hicks – 8-Ball Express (Rhome, TX) 
Steve Smith – Illinois Valley ACS (Ottawa, IL) 
Diane Thompson – Tri-Cities Independent Pool League (Haltom City, TX)
Mike Wilson – Southern Amusement Pool League (Norfolk, VA) 

Referee of the Year:
W.C. Dixon (Holly Lake Ranch, TX)

2012 USBA National 3-Cushion Championships
Name Grand Average Prize Money
1. Pedro Piedrabuena 1.497 $4,000
2. Mazin Shooni 1.139 $3,000
3. Sonny Cho 1.091 $2,000
4. Hugo Patino 1.073 $1,800
5. Jae Hyung Cho 1.199 $1,600
6. Khalil Diab 0.777 $1,400
7. Miguel Torres 1.265 $1,200
8. Michael Kang 0,836 $1,000
9. Thank Vu 0.916 $400
10. Lupe Cuzzi 0.752 $400
11. Frank Torres 0.750 $400
12. Victor Cuzzi 0.676 $400
13. Dung Nguyen 0.630 $350
14. Peter Banyai 0.675 $350
15. Gary Elias 0.538 $350
16. Tom Rossman 0.414 $350
17. Fred Lamers 0.723 $300
18. Gary Cohen 0.622 $300
19. Jim Henrickson 0.488 $300
20. Joe DeAmato 0.480 $300

Best Game: Pedro Piedrabuena $200
High Run: Hugo Patino $200