Billiards May Have Poster Girl in Shanelle Loraine

International pool beauty queen Shanelle Loraine will appear on Spike TV February 9,2009 during Monday episode for Playbook at 9:00pm EST during Terminator 2.  Loraine in her short period of time has gained popular recognition in the pool world and is one of the few players who has been able to attract main stream media.
Spike (formerly called Spike TV), a division of MTV Networks, is an American cable network designed for an audience described demographically as “young adult males”. It has quickly risen to become one of the hottest new TV networks.
Shanelle will perform during the breaks from the movie doing  trickshots and show billiard tips to the audience.
“Shanelle portrays the type of image that our sport needs. She is just as smart and charming as she is beautiful and very willing to give billiards more exposure.” said Dragon Promotions CEO Cindy Lee.

Shanelle is an up and coming woman’s player who’s started on a journey to become world class. Poison is the most sophisticated cue at its price range , benefiting from the Predator Group engineering and designed for players just getting into the game. Poison Cues also have a unique look and design unlike any other cue out there. That’s what makes Shanelle and Poison a terrific match. comments Philippe Singer, VP Marketing for the Predator Group.

Loraine will be appearing on Spike on February 9.

Loraine will be appearing on Spike on February 9.

Since her debut in the pool world one year ago in Korea, she first made headlines by defeating Jeanette Lee live on national television at the Dragon Promotions Women’s World Pool Cup. People immediately begin to search for more info on this talented Guamanian beauty and Loraine became the most searched topic online in Korea for days. Soon after she finished second place only to Ga Young Kim in the MBC ESPN Women’s Ultimate Trick Shot Challenge, besting a field of players that included top players Miyuki Sakai, Yu Ram Cha, Isabelle Krafczyk, and Jeanette Lee.

Of course she has obvious out of this world looks, almost like a cartoon character. But at the Korea vs The World she really impressed me. I captained the World Team and got to interact as a teammate. It was her first team event and she did an outstanding job of holding her nerves and made some crucial shots for us. says World Champion Mika Immonen, She is also one of the coolest most down to earth people I have ever met.

Don't let her looks deceive you.  Loraine is a fierce competitor.

Don’t let her looks deceive you. Loraine is a fierce competitor.

Poison Cues has made a tremendous impact since its unveiling less than one year ago. Sales have boomed not only in the US, but rocketed internationally as well making waves in China, Spain, Korea, Japan, and more.

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Predator invited me to their Christmas Party and a tour of their factory. It’s amazing the amount of engineering and work that goes into all their products. I fell in love with Poison’s sleek design and craftsmanship. said Shanelle Loraine. All the people at Predator Group are not only professional, but so kind and cool to be around. I am so honored to be a part of their well respected company.

Shanelle plays with the Arsenic 6, and uses the VX 2.9 Jump Break Cue. She is currently coached by Charlie Williams and Wayne Catledge of Orlando, and has had instruction with legends such as Mike Massey, Mika Immonen, and the great 3 Cushion master Semih Sayginer. Shanelle trains in 9-Ball and 3-Cushion and is managed by Dragon Promotions.

Poison is considered to be the most advanced engineered cue at its price range. That fact combined with unparalleled looks and design makes Poison the hottest cue on the market. Poison comes with Uni-Loc technology and makes it an easy transition for players to develop and later add Predator 314 and Z shaft advancements to their Poison. Poison is a division of The Predator Group.

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Billiards Reality Show – Lets get behind them to grow our sport.

Gurnee, Illinois – January 23rd, 2009 – Iwan Simonis, Inc., the world standard for billiard cloth, has recognized the progress and potential of Blair Thein and his project and has committed to help Blair (Creator/Promoter/Contestant) align himself with a professional company to package PPP for investment. Investors Resource Alliance LLC intends to deliver the knock-out punch as they package PPP to attract the right investors that will allow this extreme dream to become a reality. 

Vice president Edward Weinecke and Executive Alex Decker of Investors Resource Alliance LLC feel they have a tiger by the tail as PPP is a very sexy and exciting project. By opening up their resources to help Blair put the final touches on the planning, development and packaging of the Pool, Poker and Pain reality show, it looks like the highly ambitious project can get the funding that it needs to reach the next level. This final development process will be in high gear over the next month to package and present the groundbreaking show.

Iwan Simonis, Inc., the world standard for billiard cloth, has recognized the progress and potential of Blair Thein and his project and has committed to help Blair (Creator/Promoter/Contestant) align himself with a professional company to package PPP for investment.

Iwan Simonis, Inc., the world standard for billiard cloth, has recognized the progress and potential of Blair Thein and his project and has committed to help Blair (Creator/Promoter/Contestant) align himself with a professional company to package PPP for investment.

The character based reality show has blockbuster potential as its reach touches 3 unique and exciting sports… Pool, Poker and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The combination of this dramatic reality show, leading up to a unique triathlon style event, is slated to bring new eyes to each respective sport.

Blair intends to begin scheduling meetings with qualified investors interested in being involved with a completely new twist on combined discipline sports and ready to make sports and entertainment history. For more information and insight into the Pool, Poker and Pain concept, visit

“The Interest in the uniqueness and excitement that surrounds this project, along with recent developments lead me to believe that 2009 is the year that “Pool, Poker and Pain” will Shine!” -Blair Thein

Founded in Verviers Belgium in 1680, Iwan Simonis, S.A. is the oldest and most respected producer in the billiard industry, focusing on producing the truest playing billiard cloth available worldwide. Simonis uses its experience, craftsmanship and global distribution network to satisfy the demands and enhance the enjoyment of cue-sports on a global level. For more information, visit or call 847-360-9029

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Sign of the times: Brunswick reports 4Q earnings loss

Probly the biggest name in billiards reports 4th quarter loss. …

Brunswick Corp. reported Thursday a net loss from continuing operations of $66.3 million during its fourth quarter, or 75 cents per diluted share, mainly due to marine sales that dropped 50 percent as the global marine marketplace continues to slow.

The quarter compared with net earnings of $12.1 million, or 14 cents per diluted share, for the same period in 2007.

The Lake Forest, Ill.-based company, the parent of Fond du Lac marine engine maker Mercury Marine, reported fourth-quarter sales of $837.7 million, down 42 percent from $1.44 billion the previous year. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, Brunswick had net sales of $4.7 billion, compared with $5.6 billion in 2007. The company had an operating loss for the year of $611.6 million, compared with operating earnings of $107.2 million the previous year.

For 2008, Brunswick had a net loss from continuing operations of $788.1 million, or $8.93 per diluted share, compared with net earnings from continuing operations of $79.6 million, or 88 cents per diluted share, in 2007.

The company’s boat segment, its largest operating group, experienced a 25 percent drop in sales during 2008 to $2 billion, down from $2.7 billion in 2007. Its marine engine segment, consisting of the Mercury Marine Group, reported a 17 percent decrease in net sales during 2008 to $1.9 billion, down from $2.3 billion in 2007.

Brunswick’s (NYSE: BC) billiards and bowling business, which has Wisconsin operations in Bristol, had total 2008 sales of $448.3 million, up slightly from a year ago. The segment had an operating loss for the year of $12.7 million, down from $16.5 million in 2007.

The billiards operation in Bristol is combined with Brunswick’s bowling segment, which includes bowling centers, equipment and products, billiards, air hockey and foosball tables.

“As we anticipated, 2008 proved to be a very challenging year for our businesses and we expect 2009 to also be difficult,” said Dustan McCoy, Brunswick’s chairman and CEO. “Although we have limited visibility to a very volatile marketplace entering the year, we expect our revenues to be lower in 2009 with higher relative percentage declines occurring in the first half of the year.”

Published in: on January 31, 2009 at 12:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Unrest at Day 4 of Derby Billiards Event

Unrest at Day 4 of Derby Billiards Event
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Published: January 27, 2009
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Day 4 of the11th Annual Derby City Classic was shrouded in mystery due to continued technical issues being experienced at the tournament desk. To put it simply, there is very little way to know who is actually undefeated. Some people are still showing up undefeated that were eliminated from the tournament.

The final three players of the banks division are Johnathan Pinegar, Rudolofo Luat and John Brumback. Rudolfo is undefeated and awaiting the winner of Brumback and Pinegar in the finals.

Van Boening took down the legendary Efren “The Magician” Reyes in late night action at the Derby City Classic.
One highlight from the tournament action on Monday featured Corey Deuel forfeiting his one-pocket match. Deuel’s is scheduled to leave on Thursday and he was not planning to play in the 9-ball, but if he had done well in the banks and one-pocket then he was going to change his flight to stay and play in the 9 ball.

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One highlight from the tournament action saw John Pinegar defeating Scott Frost after being down 2-0.

The Bank Division semis and finals have been rescheduled to Wednesday night instead of Tuesday because there are too many players in the one-pocket due to the technical issues. Many players are not happy and with many are speculating that they’re not coming back.

In late action, Shane Van Boening defeated Efren Reyes in a high-stakes challenge match, 23-19.

Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 12:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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Derby City Billiards Event Continues

by InsidePOOL Staff

Day 1 of the 2009 Derby City Classic went off without a hitch. In fact, “it almost went too well because we finished too fast,” said Paul Smith with Diamond Billiards. Allotted match times are based on the average match lengths from the previous year. Last year, the average bank pool match took 1.14 hours. This year’s average matches have not been taking nearly as long. “I truly believe the general caliber of bank play has improved,” said Smith.

One hundred and ninety-nine matches were played on forty tables in less than nine hours. Round two and the first redraw began at 11 a.m. this morning. Nick Varner, Dave Matlock, and Larry Price are a handful of the previous champs that are not currently present this year.

Brian Gregg repeated his Derby City Classic Bank Ring Game performance.
The bank pool ring game also kicked off at 8 o’clock. Limited to only six players, Tony Chohan showed up two minutes too late. Announcer Grady Matthews was just signing up Glenn “Piggy Banks” Rogers, first on the waiting list, to fill his spot. The complete list of competitors included Brian Gregg, Shannon Daulton, Louis D’Marco, Darrell Abernathy, Jason Miller, and Rogers.

Bank pool ring game rules: $50 / ball initially. Stakes rose to $100, $200, $400, $600, then $1,000 based on the two-and-a-half hour timeframe. In the ring game, kicking at a ball is allowed with a minimum of two rails. The buy-in this year was reduced to $1,500 from the previous $3,000 to encourage more entries.

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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And The Winner is “Gary Empey” wins CNY Billiards Title

Central New York 9-Ball Tour / Fairmount, NY

by Skip Maloney

Faced with a second set in a true double-elimination finals on the CNY 9-Ball Tour stop the weekend of January 24-25, the two finalists, Gary Empey and Jim Forsythe, opted for a single-game set to decide the match. Empey won that single game and came home with the first place prize. The $390-added, A-B handicapped event, hosted by Corky’s Billiards in Fairmount, NY, drew 44 entrants.

Empey had bested Jeremy Leander 9-3 from among the winners’ side final four, as Forsythe sent Dominic Martoccia west 7-3. In the hot seat match that followed, Empey, a Double-A + 2 player, had to reach 9 games before Forsythe, a Double-A, had to reach 7 games. Both reached the hill–Forsythe at 6 games, Empey at 8–before Forsythe finished it, gaining the hot seat and waiting for Empey’s return.

Leander and Martoccia lasted only a single round on the one-loss side, as Jose Mendez and Lyn Wechsler dropped them into the tie for fifth place and faced each other in the quarterfinals. It was Wechsler advancing to the semifinals with a 7-3 win over Mendez. Empey gave up only three racks in the semifinals that followed and turned to face Forsythe a second time.

Empey gave up even less in the first set of the finals, defeating Forsythe 9-2. It was at that point that the two decided to make it a single-game final set. Empey completed his single-defeat weekend to capture the first-place prize.

Gary Empey and Jim Forsythe, opted for a single-game set to decide the final match.
1st Gary Empey $400
2nd Jim Forsythe $285
3rd Lyn Wechsler $200
4th Jose Mendez $150
5th Jeremy Leander $120
Dominic Martoccia
7th Dan Smith $80
Paul Merluzzi
9th Jeff Montgomery $40
Chris Handzel
John McConnell
Dave Grau

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment  

BILLIARDS: Significant win keeps title race

CROWLAND B kept the Spalding and District League title race alive by beating leaders Crowland A.
Rob Childs (O200) and Derek Tinkler (O20) were both victorious for the B side in a 5-2 win, cutting the gap at the top to just six points.

Cue ace Childs overcame a mammoth 300 handicap to beat Alan Readshaw (R100) 200-175, making breaks of 54, 46
and 45.

Tinkler’s 200-181 win over Marian Lee (R110) saw him make a 28 break – and made Tom Lee’s (R90) win over Roger Goodliffe (R80) pure consolation.

But the fortunes were reversed in the KO Shield two days later, Crowland’s A team cruising past Pyramid A 541-497 while the B team were being dumped out by Holbeach 523-538.

Gosberton A missed the chance to make up ground at the top.

Consti C beat them 5-2, with Peter Tingle (R100) and Mick Peet (R120) picking up wins.

Their slip-up allowed Pyramid C to move alongside them on 69 points, thanks to a 5-2 derby win over Pyramid A.

John Templeman (R40) made a 40 break for the A team, but Max Ayliff’s (R70) 29 helped guide the C team to glory.

Both they and Consti C are nine points off the pace.

Meanwhile, BSC veteran Hugh Pinner (150) comfortably made the top break of the week in his side’s 5-2 home triumph over Pyramid B.

Pinner racked up a huge 116 as he sunk James Sharpe (R80), with Brian Bowell (R20) also on winning form.

Darrell Read (R50) won to secure two points for the Bourne side, making breaks of 21 and 20.

It was a good week for Read, as he went on to net the decisive points in Pyramid B’s 563-411 Shield win over Consti B.

The week wasn’t all bad for Consti B, as Mick Johnson (O150) won a thrilling clash with Alan Nichols (R110) to clinch a 5-2 win over Gosberton.

Johnson made breaks of 74, 40 and 23 en route to edging a 200-198 win.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 5:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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‘Billiards Idol’ Getting bigger with more talent tell us what you think

New billiard talents have already signed up and more are expected to join the Search for the New Billiards Idol, which kicks its second season on January 18 at the Superman Sports Bar in Libis, Quezon City.

A report posted on described the event, organized by the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP), as the premier grassroots development program of the local pool scene.

Among the aspirants shooting for the Billiards Idol event is Johann “Bubwit” Chua of the Bugsy stable.

“This is our commitment, and we’re doing it in the absence of a program from those who are supposed to do it,” said BMPAP co-founder Perry Mariano.

“Billiards Idol” has attracted some 300 wannabes during its inaugural run in 2008. It stretched into 15 preliminary legs, including provincial stops in Davao and Bacolod, and a Grand Finals featuring 27 top performers from the preliminaries.

Mike “the Lightning Kid” Takayama, a 19-year-old Fil-Japanese, was hailed as the New Billiards Idol in 2008, winning the P40,000 cash prize plus a seeding in all Villar Cup tournaments in 2009.

I thnk its really great to see any type of exposer from new areas that we havent really seen up to this date.
but beyond that billiards idol is coming we will stay tuned i am excited to hopefuly get to see some of the action.

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Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who will be the next “Billiards Idol” it Begins in January

Banking on the inaugural season of the highly successful “Search for the New Billiards Idol” the calendar for 2009 has already been set in place with the opening leg breaking on January 18 at the Superman Sports Bar in Libis, Quezon City .
Regarded as the premier grassroots development program the the year-round series of tournaments has attracted some 300 aspiring players from all over the country who aim to join the ranks of the top Filipino pool players many of whom are considered among the best in the world.
The co-founder of the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines , passionate pool enthusiast Perry Mariano says the nationwide search  “is part of the BMPAP commitment to keep Philippine billiards at its world-class status by discovering new talents.” It was Mariano who conceptualized the event early last year.
Mariano who heads the star-studded Bugsy Promotions added “We’re doing it in the absence of a program from those who are supposed to do it.”
In its inaugural season ‘Billiards Idol’ staged 15 preliminary legs, including provincial stops in Davao and Bacolod  and a Grand Finals featuring 27 top players who emerged  from the preliminaries.
Mike “the Lightning Kid” Takayama, a 19-year-old Fil-Japanese, bested the strong field of promising stars to emerge as the New Billiards Idol. He also pocketed the cash prize of P40,000 sponsored by the Association of Clubs Karaoke and Disco Operators.
With his win Takayama will be seeded in all Villar Cup tournaments in 2009 which is  a reward courtesy of Senator Manny Villar’s VILLARDS: Tulong sa Pagsulong ng Philippine Sports.
Other Billiards Idol legs will be on February 22, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 18, October 20, November 22 and December 13.
Each tournament will have a total pot of P20,000, including a lion’s share of P10,000 to the champion. The entry fee will still be at a token amount of P200.

By Ronnie Nathanielsz – 2008-12-27
Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment