The Eagle Flys Again

18 of Maine’s finest players came out for the annual Maine State 14.1 Championship hosted at TJ’s Classic Billiards.

TJ's Classic Billiards - Maine State 14.1 Championship

Some of the favorites to win this event were TJ LaFlamme, Cody Francis, & Dave “the Eagle” Hall.  As usual, the pool gods made the random draw in this double elimination event ironic.

Room owner Steve Reynolds drew heavy favorite TJ LaFlamme in the first round and watched TJ run 99 balls in the race to 100.  Also, John “Chief” Francis drew his son Cody Francis in the first round and watched his son run balls, eventually winning the match 100 – 71.

The Chief battled all the way through the losers bracket to play his son again for the 3rd and 4th place.  Cody was riding high as he had just beat TJ for the first time ever and again beat his dad 100 – 70.

Portland room owner, Kerry Herbert, also upset TJ and then Dave Hall to win the hot seat. After that, Dave Hall “The Eagle” flew through Cody and Kerry to win $650 and the Maine State Trophy.

Ultimate Billiards


Ultimate Billiards in Fort Pierce, Florida opened its doors in November 2008. The room’s name speaks for itself located in 10,500 sq. ft. of space in the Orange Blossom Business Center. Ultimate Billiards features the best equipment available with 9 Brunswick Gold Crown IV’s, 11 Diamond Professional’s, 4 Diamond Smart tables, 2 Valley Bar Boxes, 5 x 10 heated Gabriels Billiards table, and one of only a few 6’ x 12’ Russian Pyramid table known to be in the U.S.A.

Utimate_2The owners of Ultimate Billiards found each other through their young sons and the game itself. Bill Mallen and his family moved to Florida in 2005. Gary Gilsinan and his family have lived in the area for over thirty years. Both men had teenage sons. Gary’s son, Justin was playing in a junior tournament tour based in Orlando when Bill noticed that they lived in the same city, Port St. Lucie. Bill took a ride down to the local pool room to find out more about Justin and to see if maybe the boys might hook up to practice. Well there he found out that Justin’s Dad’s name was Gary and he went back to tell his wife that after finding a similar name in the local phonebook he was going to call up Gary to see if they could meet with the boys to practice. After the call Bill and Gary made arrangements for Mike and Justin to meet. You know, some place safe such as the local pool hall. Well everything was great and better yet the two fathers shared a similar interest in playing pool as well. For the next scheduled event on the junior tour they all got together and started to travel to the different tour stops in the Florida area as well as any of the major tournaments as spectators to watch the big dogs play. That summer they traveled to the Junior Nationals that were held on the University of Michigan’s campus. Everyone had a great time and that’s when the planning for Ultimate Billiards started. Also at that time, a commitment was made to develop a premier Junior program, and if they have it their way, it will go nationwide to develop the potential of all up and coming junior players.

Ultimate Billiards has quickly become the premier tournament room in Florida. Within 4 days of opening, we hosted the biggest drawing for the J. Pechauer South East Open 9-ball Tour event. A very strong field was held at bay with locals, Mark Coates winning the open event and Jeff Maubry winning the amateur event. Next was Tony Crosby’s KF Cues Tour. The word was out on Ultimate Billiards, and a record breaking 47 players in the Open event and 74 players in the Amateur event showed up to battle for the cash.

The next scheduled major event is the Treasure Coast Open June 6th & 7th. With the help of our local business owners, big money is going to be added to both open and amateur events. Please contact us for more info.

UltimateThe month of July brings Tony Crosby and his KF Cues Tour to Ultimate Billiards for his last event of the regular season on July 25 & 26. This event has $1500 added, and is expected to be a great event as all.

Ultimate Billiards is also host to the premier Billiard Academy on the planet. The Old School Pool School is a 2 ••• day event that includes instruction on Straight Pool, One Pocket, Bank Pool, and 3 Cushion Billiards. The instructors are Danny Diliberto, Freddy Bentivegna, Grady Mathews, and Bill Smith. The course will also go into strategies, moves, safety play, handicapping, and how to win, all taught by champions. For more info, visit or call Chip Davis at 561.307.2232 to register in the Ultimate Billiard experience.

For more info about tournaments, and all other events at Ultimate Billiards, please visit us online at or call 772.GO4.POOL (772.464.7665)