Nick “Quick Nick” Nikolaidis raced to the “artistic” victory circle on November 20, 21, and 22, 2009 at The Bank Shot Bar & Grill in Laurel, MD. Nick displayed burning focus, poise, and brilliant skill shot execution in the process. Ray Hansen of Cue and A Promotions did a live stream at the event, which was the 1st time an “artistic pool” event has ever been covered online.
Cup III Rounds, Awards Ceremony, & Cue-Dean-“E” Event at: www.ustream.tv/channel/drcue2009
A determined group of 27 Artistic Pool Playing Artists came from every corner of the US, Canada, and France to participate in the “sport and show” arena of the Dr. Cue Classic “Artistic” Cup III. This signature event of the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Pool “Sport & Show” Tour showcased some of the greatest pro players under the APTSA umbrella and top amateur players from several league tour stops held in 2009 at respective National and / or International events of the BCAPL, VNEA, ACS, and APA, plus several “at large” entries.
Pros and amateurs played side by side in special 3 person – player groupings with 7-foot tables and high percentage make rate shots creating an equalizer effect for all competitors. Over $15,000 in guaranteed payout values and a rather large player / audience prize fund produced player and fan friendly opportunities in a reunion style billiard atmosphere.
The APPA (Artistic Pool Playing Artists) crusader force showcased a “class” act of billiard skills from each of the 8 magnetic disciplines of “artistic pool” – 1) Trick / Fancy Shots, 2) Prop, Novelty, and Special Arts, 3) Draw Shots, 4) Follow Shots, 5) Bank / Kick Shots, 6) Stroke Shots, 7) Jump Shots, and 8) Masse Shots. When the challenge of 40 “classic” preliminary shots and playoff shootout matches were over, there would be an Overall event champion, 8 Discipline champions, and 2 Sportsmanship recipients (see below).
Following is a brief recap of the event. For complete results, please visit: www.artisticpool.org
DR. CUE CLASSIC ARTISTIC CUP III
(OVERALL POSITIONS OF FINISH)
Place Player / Nickname / Home Base Points Prize Money / Award
1 Nick “Quick Nick” Nikolaidis (Canada) 203 $ 3000.00 + Cup
2 Jamey “The Sharpshooter” Gray (CT) 195 2400.00 + Cup
3 Andy “Magic Man” Segal (NY) 222 1900.00 + Cup
4 Mark “Dr. Popper” Dimick (OK) 187 1500.00 + Cup
5 Steve “Steller” Geller (ND) 193 1200.00
6 Jeremiah “Daddy-O” Owens (IL) 186 900.00
7 Chris “Juggler 314” Kelly (NY) 186 600.00
8 Chris “Tricky Shot” Woodrum (VA) 179 400.00
9 Steve “Leapin Preacher” Lillis (NJ) 189 250.00
10 Jamie “Bayou Bullet” Moody (TX) 186 250.00
11 Charles “Spitball Charlie” Darling (MO) 184 250.00
12 Donald “Douge” Helbig (MD) 184 250.00
Payout Note: All 27 players were paid a minimum of $100 for completion of the program.
Playoff Shootout Matches On 11/22/09 – Following RACK Room Fellowship Service:
1st Round — Chris Kelly, Chris Woodrum, Mark Dimick, and Jeremiah Owens defeated Jamie Moody, Steve Lillis, Donald Helbig, and Charles Darling in respective matches. Andy Segal, Jamey Gray, Mark Dimick, and Nick Nikolaidis defeated Chris Kelly, Chris Woodrum, Steve Geller, and Jeremiah Owens in Round 2 matches. Round 3 revealed Jamey Gray over Andy Segal and Nick Nikolaidis over Mark Dimick. Nick Nikolaidis continued his winning way as he defeated Jamey Gray in the final match.
DR. CUE CLASSIC “ARTISTIC” CUP III DISCIPLINE CHAMPIONS
Trick and/or Fancy Shots Dainius Stipinas 30 out of 30 points
Prop/Novelty/Special Arts Andy Segal 28 out of 30 points
Draw Shots Donald Helbig 30 out of 30 points
Follow Shots Mark Dimick 30 out of 30 points
Bank/Kick Shots Steve Markle 30 out of 30 points
Stroke Shots Bill Meima 29 out of 30 points
Jump Shots Chris Woodrum 30 out of 30 points
Masse Shots Andy Segal 29 out of 30 points
Note: Discipline champions received $50 each, plus a special victory medal award.
SPORTSMANSHIP RECIPIENT AWARDS
By vote of players: Rodney “Preacher” Fontaine
By vote of directors: Jeremiah “Daddy-O” Owens
Note: Sportsmanship recipients each received a special victory medal award & select prize.
Special thanks to all player, fan, sponsor, and media supporters!!
Results compiled / verified by… Tom “Dr. Cue” and Marty “Ms. Cue” Rossman
November 24, 2009 Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Pool Tour / Event Directors
CUE-DEAN-“E”TM TALENT SEARCH STAR PERFORMERS CROWNED!!
JASON “THE MICHIGAN KID” LYNCH BECOMES NEXT “TABLE TROTTER” OF POOL!!
One of the most unique events ever to take place in the billiard industry occurred November 21, 2009 at The Bank Shot Bar & Grill in Laurel, MD. In Search of Cue-Dean-“E”TM was done in association with the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup III, APPA (Artistic Pool Playing Artists), and The Foundation of R.A.C.K. This was the 1st time an “artistic pool” event has ever been streamed – Cue & A Promotions Ray Hansen, aka, “Big Truck” traveled from Texas to film each act of this amazing “show” entertainment concept, as well as each Artistic Pool “sport” round from the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup III from 11/20 to 11/22.
View all performer acts and Cup III event at: www.ustream.tv/channel/drcue2009
After 5 months of online and mail-in auditions from around the world the “FINAL 8” performers took stage once again to “showcase their specialty talents”. A random draw determined the Round 1 order of performances below. 3 primary judges (Paul Danno, Susan Shinn, and Steve Lillis) and 3 audience response judges (Maggie Mullins, Dainius Stipinas, and Gina Sharetts) reviewed each audition and awarded points on a 7-10 scale.
Steve “Steller” Geller (ND) – “Steller” Singing Attachment to Select Billiard Shots
Florian “Venom” Kohler (France) – Awesome Billiard Shot Creations – European Style
Paul “Professor-Q-Ball” Frankel (TN) – Magic Moment Presentation with “Mousetrap” Prop
Bill “The Mynah Bird” Meima (NJ) – Comedy Around Table Like You Have Never Seen
Peyton “Almost Famous” Thomas (NY) – Specialty Improvisation with International Flair
Charles “Spitball Charlie” Darling (MO) – Mark Twain Improvisation with “Spitball” Shots
Rick “The Barber” Hawkinson (IN) – “One of a Kind” Table Antics in Blues Brothers Style
Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch (MI) – Unique Table Presentation with “Twist of Humor”
Round 1 Scores (7 minute maximum audition with 6 judges): Bill Meima (59), Jason Lynch (55), Rick Hawkinson (54), Florian Kohler (54), Paul Frankel (53), Charles Darling (53), Steve Geller (51), Peyton Thomas (48) – Top 4 move to second round!
Round 2 Scores (5 minute maximum audition with 3 judges): Jason Lynch (29), Rick Hawkinson (27), Florian Kohler (25), Bill Meima (25) – Top 2 move to final round!
Round 3 Scores (2 minute maximum answer with 2 judges) : Jason Lynch (10) and Rick Hawkinson (9) – Both finalists gave wonderful “heartfelt” answers as evidenced by all in attendance and the final judging scores!!
Note: Final Score (R2 + R3 Scores) – Jason Lynch (39) and Rick Hawkinson (36)
Questions Used for Top 2 Finalists:
Rick – What do you suggest to the youth of our sport for developing their interest in artistic pool?
Jason – What does “trick shots and so much more” mean to you or as referenced to artistic pool?
Select Cues / Prizes / Monetary Values to Talent Performers:
Over $15,000 in prize fund value, including a McDermott Table Trotter Cue and Custom Case from Frank’s Center for 1st and a McDermott Table Trotter Cue for 2nd. Beautiful Cue-Dean-“E”TM plaque, APPA decal, and award certificate for each position of finish were awarded. A special thanks to all players, fans, & stream/event sponsors for the Cup III event and the Cue-Dean-“E”TM Talent Search!
EVENT NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS DONE IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF DR. CUE’S SPECIAL FRIEND FOR OVER 38 YEARS – DAVID “DEAN” EDWARDS. DAVE PASSED AWAY SEVERAL YEARS AGO FROM BRAIN CANCER. HE LOVED THE CUE-DEAN-“E”TM MONIKER AND DR. CUE’S MAGNETIC “TABLE TROTTER” STYLE OF “E”NTERTAINMENT, “E”DUCATION, AND “E”NERGY AROUND THE POOL TABLE. DAVE AND “DR. CUE” HAD THE SAME MIDDLE NAME “DEAN”.
SPECIAL NOTE: ANYONE WANTING TO CONTRIBUTE TO BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH ON BEHALF OF DAVE AND OTHERS STRICKEN WITH THIS DEVASTATING DISEASE MAY DO SO BY CONTACTING “DR. CUE” – firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 765.760.7665
Event Promoters: Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman (Original “Table Trotter” of Pool)
Marty “Ms. Cue” Rossman (Gets “Dr. Cue” to Table on Time)