Winning Back to back the 1979 BCA National 8 Ball and 1980 World Classic 8 Ball Championships w $600 entry fee and $25,000 1st...
1979./  BCA National 8 Ball Champion w 4,300 original entries played on regulation 9' Steepleton tables. Played down from 4,300 to 192 players that won a qualifier... 

Breaking them all up into 12 - 16 man fields I lost my first match in this double elimination tournament to Dick Lane (collegiate champion) and great player, tied up at 4/4 and I couldn't hit the 8 ball without selling out so being the 8 ball genius that I am I wanted to give Dick who had 2 balls left frozen to both sides of and above the 8  that was a little under them near the middle of the end rail.

knowing that in order to not give me ball in hand behind his balls or a shot, Dick would have to hit one of those balls thin and try to go all the way up to the other end of the table but at least I'd be able to hit the 8 and already thought that by playing a double kiss the 8 would come off the rail and kick the cueball out toward the middle of the table leaving Dick 2 very tough shots near the end rail.  

So after all that thought I just hit the cueball into the pocket... Loss of game, set and match. Scratching in the pocket when you're on the 8 ball is loss of game... Duh
If I'd just fouled the cueball without scratching I would've gotten a chance to test the strategy... Duh, best player in the world huh...lol... What an idiot I was that game...

Jack Stuart who owned the pool room in Lake Worth FL where I won the first qualifier yelled out loud after that loss that he'd bet a $1,000 on me to win the tournament. He got action w someone who I think was with Steve Oaks... Either Greg Sullivan (Dixie Classic) or his partner Terry Clark held the stakes...

Coming back and winning that tournament makes everyone forget what an idiot I was that first match. Winning erases all mistakes or misses and let's me sleep  easy...

8 BALL PATTERNS: Open table, look it over, what is the most glaring obstacle... Red 14 is terrible...Red does have a chance to run out by rolling the 10 ball in and coming forward toward the ball from there red could cut the 9 ball in the corner and break up the 1 / 14, but I prefer running out by kissing as few balls as possible...
Taking no chances on the balls being broken up, tying up any other balls. 
Look at the 1 / 14, how many ways do you see that those balls can go up table or across table and cause an unexpected obstacle, for this reason, I choose yellow here..

Pick your pattern for yellow (low balls)... There are two good acceptable patterns...I prefer this 4 - stop, 3 - stop, 2 - 1 tip of low right center and put the cueball against the rail - 6 ball - low right @ 5 oclock, next...Either way shown is okay on the 5 ball, for a pro who knows the cueball,  2 tips Low L @ 8 o'clock firm would be  perfect but look at the tip of  











          
           
           
          




















 Winning the 1st of 2 qualifiers for the 79 BCA tournament in Lake Worth playing a race to 5 alternate the break. 

Then I won the Tampa BCA qualifier, entering for the money added, I called 1st and they were adding decent money for a 2 day event on 9' Brunswick's w Centennial Balls...

Red Peterson (great beloved old player) was running it for Bill Stigall in Tampa and neither of them read past the part about no matter what you make on the break the table's still open.

Then he said the 8 Ball is neutral until a choice has been decided and you may flip or lag for the break. If either player doesn't want to flip then players will have to lag... WINNER BREAKS in this double elimination race to 5. Winner breaks? I asked Red. "Are you sure?" Then Bill Stigall said of course we're sure.

Well, I was ahead 2/0 in my fifth match when Red stopped the tournament when I didn't make a ball on the break and said Jimmy Reid just ran 22 racks of 8 ball...
Everyone applauded and cheered...Red said as far as he knew that was a world record... I didn't know it, don't know if they keep those records anywhere...
I Hadn't thought about it for one second but checking out my 5 opponents after Red's announcement. I'd won the flip or the lag every match and had run out after the break every game... 


Then after winning the lag and first 2 games against my 5th opponent then talking to everyone that I'd beaten 5/0 it really was the first time my opponent had an inning...

In the mid to late 80's winning 20 out of 23 8 Ball tournaments, 2nd twice, 3rd once  on 7' Valley tables at a bar in West Palm Beach called 'Hot Southern Nights'. 

The field consisted usually of Steve Mizerak, Tommy Kennedy, Bobby Williams, Danny Christian, Grover Lines and lots of other good players whose names I don't recall.

NOW FOR SOME 8 BALL STRATEGY. IF YOU KNOW THESE MOVES AND YOUR OPPONENT DOESN'T YOU'LL PROBABLE WIN THE GAME FASTER THAN I CAN PLAYING MYSELF

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the white arrow w 2 tips of LL toward 7 o'clock, you're now above the 7 ball and out of line...

Always take the sure way to get the correct angle even if it means taking a longer shot... In this case the shot is easier and the cueball winds up closer to the 7 whether amateur or pro. I think I control center ball better than all other players because of some practice routines I've shown pupils live but not on video, yet...

But I'm going to assume your not a pro... Shoot w no english (I prefer because it ensures you get even with the 7 and not straight in or above it..  Roll the 7 in the corner, 1 in the corner, take the stakes...

Now look the top left graphic again, a pro if he can see enough of the 5 ball would shoot it now firm w 1/2  tip of L center forcing the cueball to come off the rail 1/2 diamond, 1 w follow to straight in 4 - stop,   3 - stop, 2 w R draw @ 4 o'clock coming off the rail 6", 1 tip of LL (low left) center towards 8 o'clock then the cueball travels to 1 diamond below the side w the 8 straight in.

Know your game, it's all about winning.  

Your Yellow Balls:

What should you do? Bank at the 6 ball 1 rail into the top corner pocket with High Left (HL) English and go around red's 15 ball back out toward the middle of the table and run out...

Ask yourself when left with a double tough shot.

What is the shot that gives me the best chance to win this game? 

Rule Of Thumb; When in trouble tie up. Trying to hook red on both balls by shooting straight on requires that you hit it perfect.
A mistake in speed can cost you the game here...

 







Yellow has decided to tie up the 8 ball...








Pretty good results, would be better if the 5 ball wound up closer or against the 8 ball...

What does red do now, options, options...

Here is one choice; Cut the 11 ball in... No trying to break out the 8 off the 11 is  wrong.

Come back a little past the middle of the table, then make the 15 ball shooting hard with 2 tips of right center english, the cueball might go around under yellows 6 ball 2 or ideally 3 rails and hit behind the 8 ball. Hoping we either break them up or get some kind of cross side bank or a shot at the 8 ball...


            






Same Shot With Another Option...

Bank the 15 ball back toward the middle of the table and go under the 6 ball with the cueball...

This shot can also be shot easier to leave the cueball under the 6.

Had it wound up in the middle of the table near the side pocket the 15 ball could be used to cut in this side pocket from either end and break up the 8 ball, 1 rail or straight on...

But I prefer... 







Same Shot With Another Option...

This is my favorite, hit 1/2 the 11 ball firm with high left english and let the games begin...

Another good shot would be to hit the 11 ball staight on, leave the cueball frozen to the top long rail and yellow straight in on the six ball...
  









 

Continued... Another good result, yellow elects to bunt, reds turn...











Red is not ready yet, red bunts...
      











Yellow has a chance now if he can bank this 6 ball anywhere past the 8 ball...







Rule of thumb when the 8 ball is not easily accessable try to get 2 balls that are makable above, below and if possible close to the 8 ball...

The first player that does this has the best chance of winning, I could go on and on from here with different strategies, but remember those rules of thumb...

Practicing these end game moves with a friend or set the balls up like in the first diagram and you start with Yellow. Let's see how Red responds.

I'll bet after your first shot Red will dig his grave...

This is too tough I don't know which color I am, it's like playing chess with yourself...
For the first time in my life... I quit... Learning anything yet?