Team CSI

Team CSI – Deuel and Strickland Head to Hard Times and Showboat

Team CSI-American Grand Master members Corey Deuel and Earl Strickland will be performing exhibitions and clinics in Sacramento and Redding, California May 24-27 immediately following their participation in the World Pool Masters (May 12-16) and the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship (May 17-22) at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The first stop for Deuel and Strickland will be the Showboat Lounge in Redding, Tuesday May 25th. The Team CSI duo will perform an exhibition at 7:30 pm. Spectators will win prizes and have chances to match up against either Deuel or Strickland in mini challenge matches and also the chance to play with one of the pros in a scotch doubles match. Strickland will also perform trick shots and only in the way Strickland can, tell tales of his life on the road.

The two-day Team CSI event at Showboat will conclude on a more serious note Wednesday May 26th where Deuel and Strickland will hold a 4 hour clinic from 11am to 3pm. Registration is limited to 12 students. The 12 students are divided into 2 groups of 6 and each group will spend 2 hours with each of the Team CSI Pros. The fee for this great opportunity to learn from two of the best is only $200 per person.

Thursday May 27th Duel and Strickland will travel to Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento where they will again hold another 4 hour pool clinic from 11am to 3pm. For more information or to register for a clinic contact Team CSI Manager Mark Cantrill at 480-612-7732.

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Hard Times Billiards February First of the Month Jamboree

By Tom Suarez Tournament Director

Billy Palmer

February had another great turnout for the Monthly One Pocket event. Thirty Five players paid their entry fees to battle with the best players Northern California had to offer. The prize fund was $1180.

Billy Palmer took his place at the head of the field, as usual, by barely defeating John Henderson in a hard fought Hill-Hill game coming down to the last ball. Mr. Henderson was enjoying his continuing success at the One Pocket discipline (with his recent winnings at the Derby City Classic Action Room) and Billy had to play his best to stay in contention. The ball that John missed for the win was not an easy shot, but makeable (i. e. spot shot) that just jawed his pocket and made room for Billy’s escape from the jaws of defeat to being able to push the final bead to his side an take the match.
It was a pleasure to see Max Eberle take his chances at the game of One Pocket. Max admitted he had never played in a One Pocket tournament, but was excited to partake in this event. A 4th place finish with this bunch of seasoned players is a great accomplishment. Thank for taking the chance Max, we all enjoyed watching you scratch your head wondering what to do and then, Bingo… doing it.

Jeff Gregory

The 9 Ball event had 42 players with a prize fund of $1480. This was a great day for the players. The Super Bowl was a distraction but very enjoyable and like the 9 ball matches an unpredictable finish.
The Hot Seat match was won by Jeff Gregory of the Sacramento area. Mark Tu lost this match after fighting back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score at 4. Fortunately for Jeff, he won the remainder of the games to take the Hot Seat and then wait for his next opponent form the one loss side.
Mark Tu and Max Eberle fought for the right to play Jeff in the finals and Max had more juice left than Mark.
The finals were all Jeff and Max had to settle for 2nd place.

35 players in the One Pocket event 
$1180 prize fund
1st $320 Billy Palmer
2nd $220 John Henderson
3rd $150 Chris MacDonald
4th $100 Max Eberle (first time to play in a One Pocket tournament) 
5th Tie $75 Pat McLeod and Joey Gebron
7th Tie $50 Roger Estelle and Melvin McKay
9th Tie $35 Sarge, Ron Lilly, Josh Palmer and Bee Davison.
1st $420 Jeff Gregory
2nd $260 Max Eberle
3rd $180 Mark Tu
4th $140 Marshall Williams
5th Tie $100 Joshua Palmer and Patrick Stewart
7th Tie $60 Billy Palmer and Dave Rodden
9th Tie $40 Bart Mahoney, Melvin McKay, Joe Pally, Duane