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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mike Sigel vs. Jerry Tarantola - 14.1

Mike Sigel (born July 11, 1953) is an American professional pool player[1][2] nicknamed "Captain Hook."

He earned the nickname from his ability to hook his opponents with safety plays.[3]

Sigel has won over 102 professional pool tournaments, including 6 US Open Nine-ball Championship tournaments and 10 world pocket billiard championship titles.

Sigel was named "Player of the Year" three times by Billiards Digest and Pool and Billiards, pool industry trade magazines, and in 1989, at the age of 35, was the youngest ever to be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.[4]

He was ranked number 5 on the Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century.[5]

Mike Sigel at 2003 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships in Chesapeake Beach, Virginia


  1. Early life

    Sigel is Jewish, and was born in Rochester, New York.[1][2][2][6]

    His mother Ruth was aggravated with him at times, because as she said "he wouldn't go to Hebrew school because he was too tired from playing pool nights."[7]

    Professional career

    Sigel turned pro in the early 1970s at the Johnson City, Illinois, All-Around Tournament, under the auspices of pool players like Joe Balsis, Steve Mizerak, Ray Martin, and Irving Crane.[8]

    Sigel has the ability to shoot pool both left-handed and right-handed.

    In 2005, Sigel won the IPT World Eight-ball Championship, a challenge match between him and Loree Jon Jones. The victory earned him $150,000.[9]

    That same year, he was seeded in the final of the King of the Hill Eight-ball Shootout, the next event of the IPT.

    There he met Efren Reyes, who played his way through the tournament. In the match, Reyes bested him with little trouble.

    Reyes took home $200,000 and Sigel got $100,000 for second place.[10]

    He played himself in the movie Baltimore Bullet.

    He was also the technical advisor, instructor, and sports choreographer for the shots made by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise in the Academy Award-winning film The Color of Money.[11]

    Today, he lives in Frederick, Maryland, and his focus is to play pool and instruct.
    Sigel was a dominant player in the 1980s and has been on the cover of numerous trade magazines such as Billiards Digest, Pool and Billiards, InsidePOOL, Billiard News, and Bike Week.

    He has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Life, People, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Playboy, Parade, Baltimore Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Silver Screen, and Cigar Aficionado.[12]

    In December 2010, Sigel launched his official web site dedicated to giving lessons and offering Mike Sigel cues and cases to the public.[11]


    • Mike Sigel's Winning Edge on Pocket Billiards (1987)

    Halls of Fame

    Sigel was inducted into the Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame,[6] and in 2011 was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[2]


  2. Dawn Meurin. Billiards: Official Rules & Records Book. Retrieved 2013-01-07.

  3. "Michael Sigel". 1952-07-11. Retrieved 2013-01-07.

  4. "Mike Sigel aka Captain Hook",, Retrieved 11 December 2011

  5. BCA Hall of Fame, Retrieved June 17, 2007

  6. "Billiards Digest 50 Greatest Players of the Century".

  7. "Mike Sigel". Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-01-07.

  8. "The Poet of Pool | Celebrities". Cigar Aficionado. Retrieved 2013-01-07.

  9. "The Poet of Pool", by Kenneth Shouler, Cigar Aficionado Magazine. Retrieved June 17, 2007

  10. "Sigel wins IPT 8-Ball Championship". August 21, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2008.

  11. "Reyes crowned King of the Hill". December 4, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2008.

  12. "Sigel's web site". Retrieved 2013-01-07.

  13. Player Bio, Retrieved June 17, 2007



Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural champion
US Open Nine-ball Champion
Succeeded by
Allen Hopkins
Preceded by
Louie Roberts
US Open Nine-ball Champion
Preceded by
David Howard
US Open Nine-ball Champion
Succeeded by
Earl Strickland




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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Advanced Pool Lessons - BIGGEST SECRETS REVEALED! 9 ball & 8 ball Lesson...

Lou Butera (May 15, 1937 – June 26, 2015) was an American professional pool player (then retired and operated a pool hall) and an inductee into the Billiards Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 1986.

His nickname, "Machine Gun Lou", derives from his stunning the crowd and fellow competitors by running 150-and-out in straight pool in 21 minutes against Allen Hopkins in 1973.[1]

He gained exposure to the masses in 1981 and 1982 when he appeared in network trick shot competitions on CBS and ABC.[2]

Lou Butera
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Lou Butera, December 2005
Born May 15, 1937
Pittston, Pennsylvania
Died June 26, 2015 (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Parkinson's disease
Occupation Professional pool player
Known for BCA Hall of Fame


When Lou was 14 years old, he saw BCA Hall of Famer Edwin Rudolph in an exhibition match. From that point on, Lou devoted his life to billiards.

Throughout his career, Lou won many tournaments. He was runner-up to Irving Crane in the 1972 World Championship in Los Angeles.

 In 1973, he defeated Crane in the finals of the same event to win his first World Championship. Lou earned his famous nickname that same year when, in an exhibition with Allen Hopkins, he ran 150 straight balls in just 21 minutes, the moniker “Machine Gun” for his fast-paced style.

He also won the Pennsylvania State Championship twice.

Butera knocked off top players regularly in the 1970s with his trademark fast-paced style, which seemed to make the game of pool more exciting for the spectators.[3]

In 1974, Butera won the All Japan title against the world's best, and also triumphed over Richie Florence to win the Bud Lundahl's Midwest Open, a straight pool tournament he won by a score of 150-68 in the title match.[4]

 In 1991, Butera served as coach of the World Billiard Federation World Team, whose members included such luminaries as Nick Varner, Mike Siegel and Ray Martin.

In a profile that appeared in the May/June, 1995 issue of Snap Magazine, he was referred to as "...the man who may be the fastest pool player the game has ever known."

Lou Butera was one of the 43 invited pool players who competed in the International Pool Tour's King of the Hill Shootout in Orlando, Florida, December 2005.[5]

Digitized videos of Butera demonstrating spectacular trick shots were included with the PC pool simulator Virtual Pool. He died from Parkinson's disease on June 25, 2015.[6]


As an accomplished pool player, Butera has produced various instructional videos for students of pool about the fundamentals of the game.[7]

Lou Butera appeared in several films as an actor and technical advisor. He had a cameo appearance, as himself, in the pool hustling comedy film The Baltimore Bullet and as a pool player in Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.[8]

Butera had a cameo appearance as pool player in, and was the pool technical advisor for, the 1984 film Racing with the Moon, starring Sean Penn.

With a large family — he and his wife Caroline, who died in 2012, had seven children — Butera cut down on his tournament schedule choosing instead to run his pool room and work as a spokesman for Brunswick, a maker of high-end, crafted pool tables.

Butera also worked in radio and television as a technical consultant helping actors appear natural when the played pool on screen.

His clients included Tom Cruise, whose then wife Nicole Kidman paid $3,750 for the pool lessons; Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Martin Sheen and Michael Douglas whom he choreographed playing pool in a scene from the movie American President.

On the TV show “War of the Stars” in the 1980s Butera played pool against Don Adams, who played Maxwell Smart in “Get Smart,” and against Paul Sorvino. He also worked on “The Fall Guy,” “Married With Children” and “Living Single.”

He was also featured on the 1995 Virtual Pool CD Rom video game. In 1986 he was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame.

In a way it can be said Machine Gun Lou Butera came full circle. Last month he was included as one of the 40 people on the Inspirational Mural in Pittston, just down Main Street from where he once annoyed the older pool players with his Ma’s soda box.



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Secrets of Pool Hustling

Pool hustling techniques

Hustling is the deceptive act of disguising one's skill in a sport or game with the intent of luring someone of probably lesser skill into gambling (or gambling for higher than current stakes) with the hustler, as a form of both a confidence trick and match fixing.

It is most commonly associated with, and originated in, pool (and to an extent other billiards-family games), but also can be performed with regard to other sports and gambling activities.

Hustlers may also engage in "sharking"—distracting, disheartening, enraging, or even threatening their opponents—to throw them off. Hustlers are thus often called "pool sharks" (compare "card shark").

Professional and semi-pro hustlers sometimes work with a "stakehorse"—a person who provides the money for the hustler to bet with (and who may assist in the hustling)—in exchange for a substantial portion of all winnings.

Another form of hustling (often engaged in by the same hustlers who use the skill-disguising technique) is challenging "marks" (swindle targets) to bet on trick shots that seem nearly impossible but at which the hustler is exceptionally skilled.

Pool hustlers use deception and misdirection in order to win cash from inexperienced players (or skilled players inexperienced with the world of hustling). A skilled hustler
  • will usually play with a low-quality "house" cue stick provided by the pool hall, or an unadorned but high-quality personal cue that looks like one, known as a "sneaky pete" (or, with the nascence of local competitive league play in recent years, may play with a flashy-looking but evidently low-end personal cue, to give the impression that the hustler is a beginning league player);
  • will typically play a game or two for "fun" or for low bets (a beer or equivalent amount of cash, for example) in order to check out the opponent and give the impression that money can easily be won, often losing on purpose (known as "sandbagging" or "dumping") – with the intent of winning a much larger wager later against a predictably overconfident opponent;
  • will pocket some difficult and impressive shots or make surprisingly secure safety shots (ones crucial for winning), while missing many simple ones, thus making early victories appear to be sheer luck (a variant being the theatrical almost-making of shots that inexperienced players may think of as crucial mistakes, but which really give away very little advantage);
  • may pretend to be intoxicated, unintelligent, or otherwise impaired (that is, until it is time to run the table or make a game-winning shot).
  • when betting on trick shots, may intentionally miss the first or several times and lose a small amount, then raise the bet to an amount well beyond the loss and succeed at the well-practiced feat.
Many of these ploys can easily be mistaken for the honest faults of a less-than-exceptional player. The engendered doubt and uncertainty is what allows hustling to succeed, with the "faults" being dropped when a significant amount of money is at stake.

In popular culture

Pool hustling is the subject of films such as The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986) (both adapted from earlier novels, see "Books", below), among others (see "Films", below).

In the 1972 Jim Croce song "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", the character Slim teaches a lesson to Big Jim about pool hustling.

It was also the principal subject of episodes of various television programs, including The Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Hustling the Hustler" (season 2, episode 5, 1962), Quantum Leap episode "Pool Hall Blues" (sn. 2, ep. 18, 1990), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "Banks Shot" (sn. 1, ep. 22, 1991), The Steve Harvey Show episodes "Pool Sharks Git Bit" (sn. 1, ep. 12, 1996) followed up with "What You Won't Cue for Love" (sn. 3, ep. 6, 1998), and Drake and Josh episode "Pool Shark" (sn. 2, ep. 5, 2004).

Main characters Dean and Sam Winchester are also pool hustlers, among other sources of income, in the TV series Supernatural (various episodes, 2005–present).

Notable real-life hustlers

Notable books about and/or by hustlers

In a similar vein, but about other sports
  • The Money Player: The Confessions of America's Greatest Table Tennis Champion and Hustler (1974), autobiography by Marty Reisman, ISBN 0-688-00273-0

Notable films about hustlers and hustling

In a similar vein, but about other sports

Notable fictional hustlers

  • "Minnesota Fats" in The Hustler (played by Jackie Gleason in the film version) – the smooth character whose moniker Rudolf Wanderone (above) lifted after publication of Tevis's novel
  • "Edward 'Fast Eddie' Felson" in The Hustler and The Color of Money (played by Paul Newman in the film versions)
  • "Vincent (Vince) Lauria" in The Color of Money (played by Tom Cruise in the film version)
  • "Grady Seasons", said to be "the best money player in the world", in The Color of Money (played by Keith McCready, above, in the film version)
  • "Johnny Doyle" (played by Mars Callahan) and "Brad" (played by Ricky Schroder) in Poolhall Junkies.
  • "'Cue Ball' Carl" (played by Ving Rhames) and "Jericho Hudson" (played by Freddie Prinze, Jr.) in Shooting Gallery
  • "'Charlie 'Black Magic' Walters" (played by Robert "Rags" Woods & Scott Bakula) in the Quantum Leap Emmy award-winning episode "Pool Hall Blues" 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Stinger Trickshots~ "Video #3" Plus 50 Greatest Pool Trickshots

A trick shot (also trickshot or trick-shot) is a shot played on a billiards table (most often a pool table, though snooker tables are also used), which seems unlikely or impossible or requires significant skill.

Trick shots frequently involve the balls organized in ways that are unlikely or impossible to appear in normal play, such as balls being in a straight line, or use props such as extra cues or a triangle that would not be allowed on the table during a game. As an organized cue sports discipline, trick shot competition is known as artistic pool.

Competition formats

Billiards trick shots are the subject of increasing international competition, both amateur and professional.

There are world championships, such as the WPA Artistic Pool World Championships and the World Snooker Trickshot Championship (which has not been held since 2006), and made-for-TV events, such as Trick Shot Magic and the World Cup of Trick Shots, often televised in both the US and the UK and providing enough prize money that some professional players specialize in the discipline.

The formats vary depending on the competition. Some, such as the World Snooker Trickshot Championship are purely exhibitions, with a panel of judges scoring subjectively to determine the winner.
Events such as Trick Shot Magic and the World Cup feature head-to-head competition where the players select shots that have strictly outlined requirements specified in a playbook.

Each year, players are allowed to submit their own shot inventions, however, they are disclosed prior to the event to give all players an equal chance to practice them.

Players or teams are given two attempts to complete a selected shot within the given parameters, and earn one point for each successful shot, either a first shot or follow-up shot.

 Each player or team gets to select a given number of shots, generally eight or ten, and a winner is declared when one side is mathematically eliminated.

Trick Shot Magic, ESPN's annual artistic pool pro tournament, has been widely considered the televised version of the World Artistic Pool Championship, and it has held the highest ratings in televised cue sports competitions in the United States between 2000 and 2009.

Artistic pool similarly (see below) has a program of shots (three attempts each, in a sliding-scale point system), with precisely outlined parameters requirements.

The Ultimate Trick Shot Tour [1] features head-to-head competition between two players with no pre-defined shots. Players challenge each other with shots outlining the parameters of the shots just before shooting.

Each player gets three attempts per shot, scoring one point per shot made. Each player gets to select a given number of shots, generally six to ten, and the winner is declared when one player is mathematically eliminated.

Artistic pool

Artistic pool trick shot competitions, inspired by the related discipline of artistic billiards, began in the 1970s with international pros and coordinated by world champion Paul Gerni, with the World Trick Shot Artists Association, and in 2000, in Las Vegas, formed a new group, again with an international cast.[2]

They feature a program of 160 tricks to attempt, many of which were used in the previous formats by the WTSAA,[3] and include the BCA North American Championship, EPBF European Championship, and WPA World Championship, among others.[2]

The tricks are now divided into eight "disciplines", including trick/fancy, prop/novelty/special arts, and disciplines for extremes in each of the core cueing techniques.[3][4]

 The current world governing body for this sport is the WPA Artistic Pool Division, while the current largest league and player organization is the US-based Artistic Pool & Trick Shot Association (APTSA), which organizes the World Artistic Pool Championship (WAPC) annually, held concurrently with the more general VNEA International Pool Championship.[2][5]

The greatest contemporary champions of artistic pool include 22-time World Champion Paul Gerni, and more recently, Mike Massey, Andy Segal, and Tom Rossman.

In WTSAA and APTSA competitions, competitors would have three chances to successfully perform each trick, earning full points if they are successful on their first attempts and incrementally reduced points for subsequent attempts.

Each shot has an associated difficulty rating (also the point value) with a higher rating being more difficult. A preliminary round of 40 shots is performed, and the top players (the number varies depending on the number of competitors, but usually the top 12) proceed into a head-to-head playoff format to determine the winner.

Proper and official artistic pool competitions feature equipment limitations, (one cue, one stroke per trick shot, one approved universal prop per shot per diagram if necessary, all shots on the bed of the table, etc.), and shot requirements (e.g., preclusion of any off-the-table tricks, such as are popular in events like Trick Shot Magic and World Cup of Trick Shots).[6]

Objects used

As with other pool and billiards games, trick shots usually utilize a cue ball, one or more object balls, and a cue stick.

However, many props can be used in trick shots including bottles, drinking glasses, baskets, coins, ball racks, cue tip chalk, and other billiards- and non-billiards-related equipment.

Props are used to change the difficulty of the shot or add aesthetic value. As with artistic billiards pros, trick shot artists often have specialized cue sticks for performing particular types of shots, particularly jump shots and massés.[7]

Disciplines of trick shots

Potting three balls at once.
The APTSA trick shot disciplines are:

  1. Trick and/or fancy: Primarily deals with setup shots, multiple ball configurations, and/or a shot where cue ball travels in a "kick" pattern to make final ball(s). May also include "extreme" cut shots and special skill shots not in other disciplines.
  2. Prop/novelty and special arts: Unusual or new shots of any nature, shots with "props", such as cues, bridge(s), rack(s),coin(s), chalk, etc., and shots of a unique or "special" art form, such as wing shots, time shots, "legal" or "illegal" follow-thru shots, push shots, roller coaster technique/waterfall specialties, plus demonstrations of one-handed jack up, behind back, under leg, and more. Referred to as general amusement category.
  3. Draw: Basic to advanced with cue ball greater than 1/2" from first object ball. The cue ball contacts an object ball with draw (backspin) and pockets another.
  4. Follow: A cue ball is hit with follow (topspin) and goes forth and hits in an object ball.
  5. Bank/Kick: Bank, meaning to hit object ball(s) into cushion(s), and kicks meaning to hit cue ball into "x" number of cushions first and then to object ball(s).
  6. Stroke: Cue ball less than 1/2" from first object ball(s), for draw or follow, plus accuracy position shots, speed control shots, or unique "stroke" shots.
  7. Jump: Any shot utilizing jump shot technique, other than "prop" shots with bridge(s), and some special "stroke" shots.
  8. Massé: Half and full massé – cue elevations over 10 degrees.

Notable trick shots

  • "Machine gun" (1): A line of object balls are placed in a row about a ball width away from a cushion, and the cue ball is shot into the space between the balls and the cushion so as to reverberate between them while traveling and hit each one of the object balls in series, issuing a machine gun-like sound.
  • "Machine gun" (2): A line of object balls are placed in a row along but not against a cushion, and are then shot directly with the cue, one after another, around the table, each contacting three cushions, and into the same pocket. The trick requires carefully timing the shots, so that newly-shot balls travel between balls already in motion.[8]
  • "Machine gun" (3): A line of object balls are placed on the table. The cue ball is shot into a pocket with deadweight and the object balls are all potted into the same pocket directly one after the other with the cue, while the cue ball is still traveling. Done right, the cue ball is the first ball hit and the last ball falling.
  • "The dollar bill shot": Introduced into competition by Paul Gerni, this shot uses a banknote, typically a US$100 bill, placed on the short rail near the corner pocket as a target landing zone. The cue ball is banked off of eight or nine cushions and should land with the ball's edge over the banknote. This shot is used as a tiebreaker on Trick Shot Magic with the competitor landing closest to the bill winning the match.
  • "Up and in": Mistakenly thought to be originated by World Champion Mike Massey, this shot has much earlier origins, and was done in 1980 in Sweden by European champion Bengt Jonasson of Stockholm. He showed it to the gentleman of the American team (Paul Gerni, Jim Rempe, and Mike Sigel) in an exhibition prior to the 1980 Swedish Open in Gothenburg, using a wooden shoe instead of a floppy cowboy boot, and prompting both Gerni and Rempe to stop at the gift shop at the Amsterdam airport on the way back to pick up some wooden shoes. In this shot, the cue ball is jumped off the table into a wooden shoe (a cowboy boot for Massey, 25 years later) on the floor, which made a nice "klack" sound in the case of the wooden shoe. In the U.S., the wooden shoe shot is sometimes referred to as "the boot shot".
  • "The bottle shot": Two balls are balanced on top of a glass soda bottle. The cue ball pockets a ball in the side and gets propelled in the air, knocking the bottom ball from the top of the bottle, letting the top ball drop to rest on top of the bottle. This shot was conceived by Japanese player Yoshikazu Kimura, from Kyoto, and popularized by Polish champion Bogdan Wolkowski.
  • "The butterfly": For this popular exhibition shot from the days of pool greats Willie Mosconi and Jimmy Caras, six object balls are grouped in the middle of the table[9] in a butterfly shape; in a single shot, each ball drops into a different pocket in the billiards table.[10][11]
  • "Just showing off":[12] Five object balls are clustered near the left side pocket and a hanging object ball in the lower right corner.[13] The cue ball is sent in to the cluster pocketing all five balls and then travels 3 rails to pocket the hanging object ball. This shot was originally designed in the '60s by Paul Gerni, combining two previously popular trick shots, and made famous by Steve Mizerak in a Miller Lite beer commercial in 1978. This shot and the subsequent commercial boosted Mizerak's name recognition and vaulted him into the Hall of Fame. Gerni still showcases this shot in his present-day exhibitions, and it has now become a standard for most all pool exhibitions.[14]
  • "The snake shot": Fifteen object balls are placed across the table. The 15 ball is the first and it is placed 6 inches away from the corner pocket. Each successive ball is placed 3 inches behind the previous one in a winding chain. Each combination of balls beginning with the 1 and the 2 should be aligned so they aim toward the next ball in the chain. The cue ball must be set up in position to make a straight line with the first two-ball combination. When the 1 ball is hit it should cause a chain reaction as each two-ball set hits each other.[15]
  • "The Swing Shot": A rack hangs from above and swings back and forth. The player proceeds to jump balls through the moving rack and into the corner pockets.[

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