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One Pocket: A Game of Controlled Aggression

A new One Pocket book by Tom Wirth

Many of you may not be familiar with the name Tom Wirth, because he is one of those players that was not necessarily looking for the limelight even though he was a very good player, good enough to win one of the few major One Pocket tournaments he entered, Strawberry's World Tournament back in 1993.

Those of you that know Tom already know he is good at putting our complex game into understandable words, and that is exactly what this book is all about. Tom starts with overviews of the general principles of One Pocket, in particular the integration of offense and defense, and then goes on to illustrate and illuminate these principles.

One Pocket: A Game of Controlled Aggression is organized into basically three parts -- the early game, middle game and end game. It is very well illustrated with color photographs of game situations that each contain a key One Pocket move or concept. Many are shown in the "what would you do" format so you can engage your own thinking before you read what Tom has to offer. With each situation Tom walks you through his own inside scoop on the pros and cons of various shots and moves that many of us would easily overlook. Every new pages leave us with a better understanding of the game.

This book is great exercise for your One Pocket mind and is an excellent companion to the WWYD threads here in the OnePocket.org forum.

Whether you play One Pocket mainly just for the challenge or you like to play it for cash, this book will prove to be a solid investment in your One Pocket game. At $59.95 it is available from Tom directly by emailing trwirth369@gmail.com.

Mention promo code "Offense" and you will get a special deal of $50 and free shipping!

 

Tom Wirth One Pocket: A Game of Controlled Aggression


April 2016

2016 US Open One Pocket

April 18-21, 2016

Mark Griffin of Cue Sports International has announced the return of the US Open One Pocket for 2016. The host location this year will be Pool Table Magic (75 Ella Grasso Turnpike) Windsor Locks, CT. It will be limited to 48 players, with invites to former champions going out first. Based on a full field, first place will be $5,000 with $5,000 added. Entry $350 (including all registration and green fees). The format is double elimination (4 on winners; 3 on losers) with a single final race to 5.

For more information contact the host room: Mark Kulungian (markptm@aol.com or call 860-627-8494). Immediately following the US Open One Pocket CSI and Pool Table Magic are hosting US Open Straight Pool Championship

http://www.playcsipool.com/2016-us-open-one-pocket.html

The host room's web page:

Pool Table Magic

 

US Open One Pocket 2016


April 2016

1st Annual Senior One Pocket

April 15-17, 2016

Bogies Billiards in Houston TX has announced the 1st Annual Senior One Pocket Classic, which is for players 65 and older only. This is a companion tournament to the Super Senior One Pocket Classic which was held last October featuring only players 70 and older. The 2nd Annual Super Senior One Pocket Classic will return again in October 2016, exact dates still TBD. Both fields are limited to 24 players and will include a player auction. The schedule for both of these senior events is paced over three days to avoid marathon tournament days. However, the host room is open 24/7 to accommodate all the action players want.

This tournament is being live-streamed by Ray Hansen:

http://www.poolactiontv.com/

 

The host room's webpage:

http://www.bogiesbilliards.com/

 

Senior One Pocket Classic 2016 Bogies Billiards


January, 2016

2016 Derby City Classic

Brumback & Pagulayan unstoppable in Banks & One Pocket

John Brumback methodically worked his way through a crowded field to get back to a very familiar place for him at this year's 18th annual Derby City Classic -- the finals of the Bank Pool division. He was not to be denied this year, as he defeated young gun Jason Shaw in the finals for his third DCC Banks title.

Champion John Brumback takes aim for his third DCC Banks title

Understated Ohioan Alex Olinger finished third in his highest DCC finish, followed by Dennis Orcullo and Earl Strickland to round out the top five. This 18th year for the DCC marked a record setting field of 475 players in Banks and featured some fresh new faces coming into the final day, like Shaw, Olinger and Billy Thorpe, who finished a strong 6th.

 

Alex Pagulayan, back-to-back Derby City One Pocket champion

Alex Pagulayan picked up right about where he left off last year as he rolled through an impressive field of 397 players to capture his second straight Derby City One Pocket title. It seems like every year at Derby City, some straight shooting player from across the globe marches into the finals of the Banks or One Pocket, despite not having a reputation for having much experience with these two popular American games. This year it was the Netherland's Niels Feijen, who earned his way to the finals with impressive wins over several players, including perennial champion Efren Reyes, who finished in the 6th spot this year. Maybe they are studying a little more One Pocket over there than we think!

The top five were rounded out with Shannon Murphy finishing 3rd for his strongest One Pocket finish at DCC, followed by Corey Deuel and Jayson Shaw, 4th and 5th.

Alex followed his One Pocket win with a 2nd place finish in 9-Ball (which also saw a record field with 406 entries this year), which carried him to the 2016 Master of the Table title as well. With this win, Alex joins Reyes and Shane van Boening as the only players to record back-to-back One Pocket and Master of the Table titles at DCC.

Click here for a gallery of many more photos from this event


October, 2015

Super Senior One Pocket Classic

October 23-25, 2015

 

 

The Super Senior One Pocket Classic hosted by Bogie's Billiards & Sports Bar featured two One Pocket Hall of Fame inductees, as well as 16 other top "over 70" players from across the country. The matches were a race to 4 on the winner's side and race to 3 on the one loss side. John Henderson of California was the winner, wrapping up the title over James 'Sniper' Christopher of Texas. Third place went to John Smith of New Hampshire.

Bogie's management is already talking about making this an annual affair, so expect next years field to reach Bogie's 24 player limit as the word gets out!

For Mary Kenniston's first-hand report from Bogie's and more photos, click here:

2015 Super Senior One Pocket

1st: John Henderson $1680 + $1550 auction

2nd:  James Christopher $1120 + $1175 auction

3rd:  John Smith $840 + $800 auction

4th:  Buddy Hall $560 + $400 auction

5-6th:  Billy Incardona & Jeff Sparks $420

7-8th:  Byron Cook & Frank Almanza $280

 

 


June 29, 2015

'The Magician' Wins Again

Accu-Stats Make it Happen One Pocket

  

Arguably one of the best of all time, and not ready to cede to the next generation quite yet, Efren Reyes prevailed against a tough field of six younger stars of One Pocket in Accu-Stat's most recent Make it Happen tournament. The format was a round-robin among the six invited players (races to three), followed by a final race to three championship match between the two players with the best overall records after the round-robin play. The six players were:

Efren Reyes

Danny Smith

Shane Van Boening

Scott Frost

Justin Hall

Alex Pagulayan

Noted pool author Phil Capelle covered the complete event from start to finish, and generously shared his very thorough recaps with OnePocket.org.

Click here for Phil Capelle's complete match recaps

 

Efren 'Bata' Reyes & Danny Smith square off in the finals

   

May 1, 2015

Donny 'Cincinnati Kid' Anderson Dies

June 9, 1929- May 1, 2015

  

Bank Pool legend Donny Anderson died of natural causes on May 1 at the ripe old age of 85. Donny grew up in Cincinnati, and was very close to the same age as two other great players who also grew up in the same area -- Eugene 'Clem' Metz and Joey Spaeth. The three of them competed with each other and traveled together as youngsters, sharpening all of their games as they matured. Donny especially took to Bank Pool, and he made that game his championship domain for the rest of his playing career. He was elected into the Bank Pool Hall of Fame in the class of 2007 for his outstanding contribution to the legacy of the game of Bank Pool. Among his other achievements, he won the very first "World Bank Tournament" in 1972 in Springfield, Ohio. He remained very competitive in Banks up into the first years of the Derby City Classic.

Donny Anderson's Hall of Fame page

 

Donny Anderson at the One Pocket Hall of Fame banquet in January 2008

Click here to read our interview with Donny Anderson

  

January, 2015

2015 Derby City Classic

Daulton Banks out & Pagulayan runs away with the One Pocket

Shannon Daulton defeated his good friend and fellow Banks HOF player John Brumback to win his second DCC Banks title -- his first coming in 2000. Ironically, Shannon had tuned up for Derby City by visiting John and getting in some good practice on John's Diamond table prior to the tournament.

Banks champion Shannon Daulton & Marge

Efren Reyes finished 3rd in Banks. Efren has of course won everything at DCC over the years -- except the Banks. He had Daulton on the ropes in their semi-final match only to watch Shannon snatch away the win. Coincidentally, Daulton has won everything at DCC except the One Pocket.

With strong finishes in both the One Pocket and Banks divisions, Justin Hall was still in the running for the all around until he forfeited a morning match in the 9-Ball, but he made up for it but snapping off the Banks Ring Game Friday night.

 

Alex Pagulayan, 2015 Derby City One Pocket champion

Alex Pagulayan put on a clinic of winning One Pocket, as he cruised to his first DCC One Pocket title, closing with wins over Efren Reyes, Justin Hall and unlikely 2nd place finisher Mike Dechaine. At one point during his stretch run Alex ran eight and out (or better) five games in a row, including three straight to dispatch perennial champ Efren Reyes, followed up by two more against Justin Hall. Alex's lone loss in the One Pocket came in the 8th round at the hands of Francisco Bustamante -- who later became one of Dechaine's long string of One Pocket victims. Dechaine entered the 12th round of three remaining players as the only one with his buyback still intact, and he topped that off with snagging the bye in that round, sending him directly to the finals while Alex and Justin battled it out for the right to advance.

Although Mike is not known as a One Pocket player -- and he is the first to admit it -- he proves once again that One Pocket can be won with solid basic moves and strong fire-power, and fire-power is something Mike has in spades! But in the end, Alex's combination of moving, banking and running out was too much for Mike to overcome -- it being tough to run out when you don't get much to shoot at -- as Alex double dipped Mike for the title.

This was Alex's first DCC One Pocket title, and with this win he became the first player in the 17 year history of the Derby to win a championship in each of the three major divisions -- One Pocket, Banks and 9-Ball, and to top it off his 2nd place finish in 9-Ball gave him his first Derby City Master of the Table honor. Now, that is a Derby City grand slam!

Click here for a gallery of many more photos from this event


The “Encyclopedia” of Pool Hustlers

Freddy 'The Beard' Bentivegna

'The Beard' has outdone himself. This is a great compilation of the kind of insider pool hustler tales that most people never hear second hand, let alone get close enough to observe in person, as Freddy has. In all my interviews with players, I have been impressed at the detail they can remember, but some have really stood out, and none more than Freddy. To me "The Encyclopedia" is not just his book, it really is the man -- Freddy 'The Beard' himself is a walking encyclopedia of pool action history. Other players have great stories to tell of course, but what sets Freddy apart is his ability to communicate so readily in all different media -- in person, in writing, in commentary and in video. To that degree, with that first hand knowledge, he is one of a kind.

Since The Encyclopedia was published, Freddy has been getting some well-deserved media attention, from Chicago to NYC, as the press is discovering the man behind the book, such as this great article that includes a video piece:

The Twilight of Freddy the Beard

In recent years Freddy has grown into a spokesperson and unusually big-hearted angel for many of the aging pool players of his generation, as great players like 'Bugs' Rucker, Jet Johnson and others got sick and passed on. Unusual for pool players, maybe, but for those who know Freddy well, they always knew he had a heart just as strong as his old hustler's killer instinct for winning. Now ironically, Freddy finds himself in the hospital battling the kind serious health issues that often seem to catch up to older pool hustlers. We all wish him the best in this different sort of battle, and look forward to a strong comeback from our pal, 'The Beard'.

The "Encyclopedia" of Pool Hustlers

is available directly from Freddy's website:

bankingwiththebeard.com

 

The Encyclopedia of Pool Hustlers

Front cover of Freddy's "Encyclopedia"


October, 2011

Johnston City

50th Anniversary of Jansco Brothers First Tournament 1961-2011

  

October 25th, 1961 the world of pool in America woke up to a remarkable new kind of tournament that shook the pool establishment out of a deep slumber. It was an unusual event on several fronts; one being the unlikely location for a major national pool tournament, deep in rural southern Illinois. Second, it was a game, One Pocket, not recognized by the established sanctioning body of pool in America at that time, the Billiard Congress of America. Third, the tournament boldly featured a number of known hustler pool players who had not participated in the few sanctioned events of the mid-century -- whether by their own choice, or because they were not invited due to their reputations. And finally, the promoter was a total newcomer to pool tournament promotions, a fellow who had his roots more in the gambling side of pool than the establishment side of pool, the remarkable George Jansco. So who were the Jansco Brothers, and what made them think a small town in southern Illinois could become the “Billiard Capitol of the World”?

Click here for more of the story about the Jansco's legendary Johnston City tournaments

 

Jansco Brothers Johnston City

George & Paulie Jansco in 1961


The GosPool

by Freddy Bentivegna

Freddy 'The Beard' Bentivegna has done it again, as he follows up his first book, Banking with the Beard, with this second volume of banks and outrageous pool stories.

Click here for our review

 

One-Pocket Man

A novel by Albert J. Betz

OnePocket.org is pleased to present the exclusive serialized publication of One-Pocket Man, a new novel by OnePocket.org member Al Betz. One-Pocket Man is a fast-paced crime novel, not a pool instructional book! It features a mid-life hit man for the Chicago mob who is offered the chance to trade a new life for spilling what he knows to the FBI. He happens to be a pool player and a One Pocket fan, but old habits die hard....

Click here for Chapter One

Click here for Chapter Two

Click here for Chapter Three

Click here for Chapter Four

Click here for Chapter Five


 

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

 


 

Derby City Classic

Louie Roberts Award

Given annually to the player or backer that brings the most "action and entertainment" to the Derby City Classic, in the spirit of the late Louie Roberts. Prior winners are:

* 2003 Alex Pagulayan *

* 2004 Tony Watson *

* 2005 Scott Frost *

* 2006 Cliff Joyner *

* 2007 Chris Bartram *

* 2008 Shane Van Boening *

* 2009 'Scooter' Goodman *

* 2010 Jeanette 'Black Widow' Lee *

* 2011 'Dippy Dave' Peat *

* 2012 Tony Coleman *

* 2013 Chris Gentile *

* 2014 Richie Richeson *

* 2015 Danny Smith *

* 2016 Jason Kirkus *


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