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.
Visit www.shanelleloraine.com

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. www.poisoncues.com

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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 www.poolpokerandpain.com

“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

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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.

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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.

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Billiards History As A Sport

At least the games with regulated international professional competition have been referred to as “sports” or “sporting” events, not simply “games”, since 1893 at the latest.[3] Quite a variety of particular games (i.e. sets of rules and equipment) are the subject of present-day competition, including many of those already mentioned, with competition being especially broad in nine-ball, snooker, three-cushion and eight-ball.

Snooker, though technically a pocket billiards variant and closely related in its equipment and origin to the game of English billiards, is a professional sport organized at the international level, and its rules bear little resemblance to those of pool games.

A “Billiards” category encompassing pool, snooker and carom was featured in the 2005 World Games, held in Duisburg, Germany, and the 2006 Asian Games also saw the introduction of a “Cue sports” category.

Cue sports

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Illustration of a three ball pocket billiards game in early 19th century Tübingen, Germany, using a table much longer than the modern type.

Cue sports (sometimes spelled cuesports) are a wide variety of games of skill generally played with a cue stick which is used to strike billiard balls, moving them around a cloth-covered billiards table bounded by rubber cushions.

Historically, the umbrella term was billiards. While that familiar name is still employed by some as a generic label for all such games, the word’s usage has splintered into more exclusive competing meanings among certain groups and geographic regions. In the United Kingdom, “billiards” refers exclusively to English billiards, while in the United States it is sometimes used to refer to a particular game or class of games, or to all cue games in general, depending upon dialect and context.

There are three major subdivisions of games within cue sports:

* Carom billiards, referring to games played on tables without pockets, including among others balkline and straight rail, cushion caroms, three-cushion billiards and artistic billiards
* Pocket billiards (or “pool”) generally played on a table with six pockets, including among others eight-ball (the world’s most widely played cue sport), nine-ball, straight pool, one-pocket and bank pool.
* Snooker, which while technically a pocket billiards game, is generally classified separately based on its historic divergence from other games, as well as a separate culture and terminology that characterize its play.

More obscurely, there are games that make use of obstacles and targets, and table-top games played with disks instead of balls.

Billiards has a long and rich history stretching from its inception in the 15th century; to the wrapping of the body of Mary, Queen of Scots in her billiard table cover in 1586; through its many mentions in the works of Shakespeare, including the famous line “let us to billiards” in Antony and Cleopatra (1606–07); to the dome on Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello, which conceals a billiard room he hid, as billiards was illegal in Virginia at that time; and through the many famous enthusiasts of the sport including, Mozart, Louis XIV of France, Marie Antoinette, Immanuel Kant, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, George Washington, French president Jules Grévy, Charles Dickens, George Armstrong Custer, Theodore Roosevelt, Lewis Carroll, W.C. Fields, Babe Ruth, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, and many others.

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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
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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.

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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 BilliardPhilippines.com 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.

Beer Buckle, Delta-13 billiard triangle racks, Justin’s Nut Butter, Sprig Toys

The Beer Buckle
As a recent college grad from South Texas, Jay Kriner found himself carousing many a night with nary a place to put his beer.

“I would always rest my bottle on my belt buckle,” he said. Inspiration struck when Kriner realized a built-in shelf with a drink holder would in fact be a better belt buckle, and he went to work.

“I studied a little bit of engineering in college, but I actually designed the blueprints on Microsoft Paint,” he said. “It’s pretty basic geometry.”

The result: The flashy star-and-pistol-clad buckle folds down into a shelf, and a spring-loaded ring pops up to accommodate the wearer’s can or bottle. (Magnets hold it up in between beers.) Kriner debuted his invention at last October’s Great American Beer Fest and got a great reaction from both drinkers and brewers interested in their own private-label buckles.

“I just about sold out of what I produced. We have a lot of local support.”
$25 retail. Made by the Beer Clothing Co., Central City, www.thebeerbuckle.com.

Delta-13 triangle racks
Terry Taggart had been in the precision machining business for more than 20 years, making components for medical device, computer and aerospace companies before getting into the billiards industry last year.

Company manager and pool fanatic Charlie Dittrick inspired an aluminum rack that makes for the tightest and only perfect triangle on the market. “The balls just explode on the break,” said Taggart of the patented Delta-13, now the official rack of the United States Poolplayers Association and available in standard and elite varieties.

“Our rack won’t bend or bow,” he guaranteed. “It’s being featured on five ESPN tournaments — it’s in pretty high demand.” $79.95 to $134.95 retail.
Made by Executive Billiards (a dba for Taggart Enterprises Inc.), Parker, (866) 915-2058, www.delta-13.com.

Justin’s Nut Butter
“It basically started with a food processor in my kitchen,” said Justin Gold of Justin’s Nut Butter origins. The vegetarian and avid mountain biker had a constant hunger for protein, but was unimpressed with the selection of nut butters on the retail shelves.

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