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2004-05 One Pocket news archives
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2005 One Pocket
Hall of Fame Inductees
* Artie Bodendorfer *
* Marshall 'Squirrel' Carpenter *
* Steve Cook *
* Ed 'Champagne' Kelly *
Bank Pool Inductees
* Freddy 'The Beard' Bentivegna *
* Truman Hogue *
* Leonard ‘Bugs’ Rucker *
* Billy ‘Cornbread Red’ Burge *
* Gary Spaeth *
* Eddie 'The Knoxville Bear' Taylor *
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One Pocket and Bank Pool Legends to be
Inducted at the Derby City Classic
The 2nd annual Legends Dinner at the Derby City Classic will be the setting for the induction of this year's slate of four One Pocket players and six Bank Pool players into the One Pocket Hall of Fame.
This special event is scheduled for Tuesday evening, January 10th 2006, during the Derby City Classic, and features some of the most entertaining and action-oriented legends in any cue sports.
Click here for the OnePocket.org Hall of Fame page
Click here for complete banquet and ticket information
Special thanks to Diamond Billiard Products for their support of this event.
Scott Frost over Gabe Owen in the
2005 US Open One Pocket
Scott Frost came through the field undefeated to defeat Gabe Owen for the US Open One Pocket championship at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, NV. Earlier, Gabe had ended Ike Runnels run through the loser's bracket for the right to face Frost in the finals, leaving Ike in third place.
Complete results at playbca.com
Nevel tops Putnam to win the
2005 Southern Classic Open One Pocket
Larry Nevel topped a strong field of 47 players for the One Pocket division title of the Southern Classic, coming out of the one-loss side to defeat Shawn Putnam 5-3 in the finals. The One Pocket is the first of three events in this "Grand Opening tournament" in the brand new poolroom, The Pool Room 2 in Duluth, Georgia.
Click here for more photos
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Gabe Owen wins Carolina’s Open One Pocket
As the tournament progressed, it looked like destiny well scripted, as Katrina evacuee Mike Surber advanced through one half of the winner’s bracket, and One Pocket Hall of Fame honoree Nick Varner moved through the other half. Surber might have had a little extra motivation to win, because it was he that topped Varner to lay claim to the winner’s side and await a finals opponent.
Click here for a Results, Photos and Re-cap
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One Pocket Hall of Fame
Nick Varner was inducted into the One Pocket Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at Fast Eddie’s Sports Bar and Grill during a break from the Carolina’s Open tournament action on Wednesday night. Grady Mathews acted as master of ceremonies, and the owners and staff of Fast Eddie’s bent over backwards to make the evening memorable for Nick, as they pitched in with hard work, good humor and great hospitality.
Click here for two pages of photos from Nick's induction
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Rack 'em up with
Leonard 'Bugs' Rucker
Ranked right up there with Eddie Taylor as a banking genius, 'Bugs' was also a dominant after hours One Pocket player. He was honored in January as part of the first class of inductees into the One Pocket Hall of Fame. In recent years Bugs has been suffering from the progression of diabetes, which limits his activity. This interview includes major contributions from fellow Chicagoans John Henry, Sylvester Duncan, Glenn Rogers and Freddy Bentivegna -- all regular companions and competitors who know'Bugs' very well.
Click here for part 1 of the Bugs Rucker interview
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Banking with the Beard
by Freddy Bentivegna
Freddy 'the Beard' Bentivegna has just published a unique new book on banking, entitled Banking with the Beard, Secrets of a Master Banker. Chicago has for years been host to a culture of big action Bank Pool, home to legends such as 'Bugs' Rucker, Glenn 'Piggy Banks' Rogers, and of course, 'The Beard'.
Click here for our complete review
Hard Times 2005 Summer Jamboree
Click here for Results, Photos and Wrap-up
Sonny Springer Interview
For years one of the South's best kept secrets at One Pocket, Sonny Springer was known for betting high back when ten dollars was equal to more like fifty today. To paraphrase Professor RH Gilmer, a lot of people would say they were looking for Sonny, but they didn't really want to find him, because they knew that if they did, the talk would stop and it was time to step to the table. OnePocket.org spoke with Sonny at Grady Mathews' Gulf Coast Classic event in December, 2004.
Click here for the complete Sonny Springer interview
Click here for Snapshots from the 2005 Derby City Classic
Click here for Snapshots from Grady Mathews' 2004 Gulf Coast Classic
Norm 'The Farmer' Webber Interview
While known more for his trick shot exhibitions than for his One Pocket game, Norm spent eight years plying the tables at Cochran's in San Francisco from 1955 to 1963 -- just as One Pocket was coming out of the shadows and into the public eye under the bright lights of the Johnston City tournaments. Norm was inducted into the New England Pool and Billiard Hall of Fame in 1994. I had the pleasure of playing him regularly when he lived in Laconia, NH.
Click here for the complete Norm Webber interview!
Danny Di Liberto Interview
For years one of pool's top all-around players, Danny is one of the few original Johnston City champions still active in the game, although his main gig lately has been his commentary work for Accu-stats. Danny is just putting the wrap on a major book project in collaboration with writer Jerry Forsyth, which will be available soon.
Click here for the complete Danny Di Liberto interview!
Ronnie Allen Interview
Often cited as one of the greatest One Pocket players of all time, Ronnie is a natural for our One Pocket Hall of Fame, with enough all-around success to be a strong candidate for the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame as well.
Click here for the complete Ronnie Allen interview!
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