We are happy to be working with many contributing authors in the billiards industry. Some are very well known and others are trying to get there. Sneaky Pete Mafia is proud to present the contributing writers of the Magazine and blog. These are the writers that help keep the wheels going around. They help you understand why you are missing and try and help you learn new techniques.
Florian KohlerFlorian Kohler, Professional Artistic Pool Player!
Florian Kohler grew up in Easter France and did not start playing pool until the age of 18 when he received a six foot pool table from his parents. Florian started watching exhibition videos online and trying to imitate shots in them. He began experimenting with his own versions of trick shots, and eventually developed many new concepts, such as ball jumping, massé-ing with multiple cues simultaneously, executing jump and massé shots on moving balls, and executing very high jumps. He has set a record for highest jump shot on a moving ball, at 23 inches. He speaks 3 languages, is a licensed Optometrist and holds a black belt in Judo. You can learn more about him by visiting hiswebsite or connecting with him on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Photos: provided by author
Darren “Dynamite” AppletonDarren “Dynamite” Appleton is a World 10, 9 and 8 ball Champion!
from Pontefract West Yorkshire England, was into sports from a young age. A 15 years old his cousin was a professional English 8-ball pool player, and that’s how Darren got started. He joined a pool league with his brother, and never looked back. He went to national level very quickly, and turned professional at 19. He was number one in the world for six years in English 8-ball won over 200 tournaments—including over 30 major titles. In 2008 he started playing the tournament circuit full time. He won the world 10-ball that year, and the doors started opening up. He’s won world four world championships in four different disciplines; “I’m the only guy in history to win the 10, 8, and 9 and 8-ball world championships.” He is a five time Mosconi Cup champion, two time Challenge of Champions winner, two time US Open champion, plus many more. He now lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Angie.
Max EberleMax Eberle is a Dover, Ohio born professional pool player, instructor, author, and artist
Max Eberle is a Dover, Ohio born professional pool player, instructor, author, and artist, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Max is the 2013 Derby City Classic 14.1 Champion and twice a Bronze Medalist at the World 14.1 Tournament, 2014 & 2006. He is a 4 time West Coast 9-Ball Champion and 3-Time National 8-Ball Champion (1991 Junior Champ and 93 & 94 National Collegiate Champ). At the 2013 Derby City Classic 14.1 Division on the 10-Foot (Bigfoot) Tables at the Horseshoe Casino outside of Louisville, KY, Max consecutively defeated three world champions (Alex Pagulayan, Niels Feijen & Dennis Orcullo) and a world class field of 48 world champions and top ranked pros to win the coveted title. Check out his tips and videos and his website.Photo: Pixabay/Thomas_C_Rosenthal
Allan SandAllan Sand is a certified pocket billiards instructor!
Allan Sand is a certified pocket billiards instructor, qualified by the PBIA (Professional Billiards Instructor Association) and ACS (American Cue Sports). His focus is on helping players become the “Intelligent Shooter” (thinking before shooting). He has played the Green Game for more than 50 years and now resides in Santa Clara, CA. He keeps his skills sharpen on a 5×10 Saunier & Wilhelm 1938 table with double-shimmed pockets. He has written 10 books on pocket billiards and produced five videos on how play better and smarter. He has one of the most popular billiards blogs on the planet with three posts every week.
Boris VidakovicBoris Vidakovic, Medical DOctor, Licensed Billiard Coach and Junior Champion!
Boris Vidakovic was born in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia. By profession, he is a medical doctor, but pool is his biggest love. Officially, he has been competing since 1996, and has worn jerseys of many of the first league clubs in the Serbian Pool Association. He founded his own club, BK «Lucky Ball». A licensed pool coach and PAT examiner since 2009, he has had the privilege to train many people, such as Vojislav Krstic and Luka Bulatovic, both who were junior champions of Serbia, as well as female champion of Serbia, Dunja Vujanic. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. Check out his YouTube channel here. You can also email him: firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype: poolschool-luckyball and mob. 00381 65 2822 722.
Jacqueline KarolJacqueline Karol is known as “The Angel of Billiards.”
Jacqueline Karol is known as “The Angel of Billiards.” She began playing pool when she was three years old. Her father, a nuclear engineer, introduced her to the game and taught her the fundamentals. In 2002, Jackie began training full time with world-renowned billiards coach and columnist Tom Ross of Denver, CO. Her first goal was to win the 2003 BCA National 8-Ball Championship. Her hard work paid off and she went on to become the 2003 Billiard Congress of America’s 8-Ball and trick shot champion. Jacqueline now lives in Northern California and offers a variety of training programs. You can check her out at her website.
Richard WojnarowskiRichard Wojnarowski(called Wojo by most people)!
Richard Wojnarowski(called Wojo by most people) has been playing pool for about ten years and teaching pool for about three years. He started out as a self-taught player where he would read every book he could get his hands on. With his knowledge of Math, Physics and computers he has helped improve his pool game and others.
Tim “The Monk” MillerTim “The Monk” Miller is an educator and has writen over 20 books!
Tim “The Monk” Miller has been serving the world of billiards as an educator for over 30 years, and has worked with top players worldwide. He’s written 20 books—selling more than a quarter of a million copies—and has produced countless DVDs. While currently touring the US, he makes his home in the Philippines where he does charity work and is building The Monk Billiard Academy. He will be returning there in November—when his US tour is done—so don’t miss out on your chance to improve your game with The Monk, summer 2015!
Tom SimpsonTom Simpson, active instructor and founder Elephant Balls, Ltd
Tom Simpson has been a player most of his life, and has been an active instructor since 1994. In 1994, Tom founded Elephant Balls, Ltd., the manufacturer & marketer of Elephant Practice Balls, the Ghostball Aim Trainer, and numerous other products. He is a PBIA Master Instructor (9 worldwide) and Member of the Instructor Committee. He is an ACS Level 4 Instructor/Coach (top level – internationally recognized) and the founder of the National Billiard Academy (Accredited PBIA Master Academy – since 2004). He is also a Secret Aiming Systems™ Coach. Check out his website.
Wayne JenkinsWayne Jenkins is a Pro/Am tournament player!
Wayne Jenkins is a Pro/Am tournament player, a published author of two books on pool, and an inventor of pool accessories and custom cue cases. Since hitting the road in 2006 he has won 142 tournaments to date. In 2007, he released his first book Black Belt Billiards, and in 2008 his second, Black Belt 8 Ball. Both are a collection of games he used as a practice routine to perfect the different skills in pool. Both books are available at Amazon.com and retail book stores worldwide. Black Belt Billiards is also available on google play store as an app for your phone. He is the inventor of Double Diamonds, Hurricane’s Big Diamond Rack, and Sarcophagus Custom Cue Cases. For availability on these products you can contact him personally at email@example.com.
Dominic EspositoDominic Esposito Professional Pool Instructor and Playing Coach
Dominic is a Professional Pool Instructor and Playing Coach who travels throughout the country doing exhibitions and BOOT CAMP pool clinics. Since 2003, his involvement in the pool and billiard industry continues to provide the financial resources that allow him to function as a Prison and Addiction Recovery Chaplain, plus conduct meetings teaching The Message of the Cross and The Conditional Promises of God. His persona is “The Drill Instructor.” Dominic has produced an extensive series of books, DVDs, playing equipment and training aids, plus he regularly publishes monthly pool lesson articles for POOL & BILLIARD Magazine as well as other Major Web Site Magazines that reach millions of pool players world wide every year. In 2006, Dominic founded the “Play Pool Youth Academy,” which utilizes the “Pool Players Creed,” similar to his “Kids Karate Creed” that was taught at his kids martial arts academies for years.
Aaron BergAaron Berg is a former certified BCA instructor
Alvin NelsonAlvin Nelson was first introduced to the game of Pool through a mutual friend while working at a local pizza place.
Alvin Nelson was first introduced to the game of Pool through a mutual friend while working at a local pizza place. His friend’s father was highly involved in the professional pool scene in the Akron/Cleveland area, which became a huge influence on his life and guided him to the billiard industry. He began filming and editing Pool videos of professional pool players, and later filming tournaments. He is now the video producer for InsidePool Magazine.
April LarsonI've been playing pool for about seven years now and I love the game
April Larson. I've been playing pool for about seven years now and I love the game more than anything in the world. It has opened my eyes to the real world and is never change my life of playing pool for anything. I have also met so many wonderful people and love hearing about who they are. These people now mean the world and more to me.
Barbara LeeBarbara Lee has been a tour member of the WPBA
Barbara Lee has been a tour member of the WPBA for several years after deciding in 2007 that within a year she would make the tour. Her love of the sport and desire to uplift and encourage fellow players and improve the overall public view of cue sports prompted her to create the Facebook Pool Tip of the Day page and the more recent Pool is not Dead Facebook group. She has commentated numerous matches on live streams up and down the California coast and attends as many tournaments as possible while maintaining a software company she has owned since 1983. She encourages everyone of all ages to follow their pool dreams, having not started herself in the pool world until well after age 40. “It’s never too late!” She is currently working on some very exciting upcoming projects to help promote the billiards industry and is passionately committed to helping put the sport back in the limelight! She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben ZemanBen Zeman is an Artistic Pool Player and the founder of the World Artistic Pool Player Association (WAPPA).
Bradley ThuringerBradley Thuringer is a father and a husband who lives in Rapid City, SD
Bradley Thuringer is a father and a husband who lives in Rapid City, SD. Brad has held many positions including professional painter, college course designer, SEO department manager, and general nerd. Brad is currently employed as a System Programmer at a regional family owned retail jewelry company based out of the midwest and is an avid pool player as wells as a person who appreciates that art of noble sport of pocket billiards.
Brian PauleyBrian started playing pool at the age of 9 when his parents moved to a house with a pool table
Brian started playing pool at the age of 9 when his parents moved to a house with a pool table. He fell in love with the game immediately and started spending a lot of time on the table. Seeing that Brian’s love for the game wasn’t temporary, his dad bought himsome training videos to aid in his son’s journey. One of the videos caught Brian’s eye the most, “Amazing Trickshots.” He started spending hours trying to duplicate some of the shots.Years later Brian started playing in pool tournaments at a local pool hall, which is where he earned is pool nickname of Superman. “I am a huge geek and my wardrobe reflects that. I wore a superman shirt one week and finished really well. I started wearing superman shirts every week after that and the nickname stuck. The tournament director would call Superman over the PA instead of my name. Half the people in there didn’t know my real name, they only knew me as superman.”Brian got more into trick shots when he saw ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic. Like before, Brian spend hours trying to duplicate the shots from such greats as Tom Rossman and Mike Massey. In 2014 Brian entered Tom Rossman’s Artistic Partners Cup as an amateur artistic pool player and was paired with pro artistic pool player Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch and the pair took 2nd place.Brian is ranked 20th in the world on the WPA-APD rankings with his best finish being 7th place in the 2015 Masters Artistic Pool Championship. Brian does instructional videos as well as write articles for Sneaky Pete Mafia.
Dustin CroweDustin Crowe Former APA Division Rep and member of the NAPA
Dustin Crowe is 32 years old and from Belpre, OH. He grew up learning and playing in Blanchester—a small town in southwest Ohio. He is a former division representative for the American Pool Players Association of central Ohio and member of the NAPA. He started playing pool at a very young age and loves everything about the game. He is an avid billiards history buff and a small collector of everything Mcdermott or old billiards related items. He loves to teach people how to play and how this sport came to be what it is today. He is also the owner of DC cue repair and has plans on introducing his own cues very soon.
Hannah BlueHannah Blue is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago
Jaared ArosemenaJaared Arosemena is a virtuoso on the alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones
Jaared Arosemena is a virtuoso on the alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones, as well as the unique EWI breath controller, Jaared is an internationally acclaimed recording artist. He is also an accomplished singer, who often brings the house down with his vocals. He entered the Washington, D.C., music scene at a very young age, rapidly gaining prominence for his work on the alto sax. As he continued as a full-time entertainer, he received more and more recognition for his music, and was soon known to audiences all over the world. In 2002, Jaared was nominated as ‘Best New Artist of the Year’ by the National Smooth Jazz Association. He as performed in Dubai, South Africa, West Africa, Poland, Germany, Austria, and other places in Europe; and all over the U.S. Loved in the United States; with a huge and dedicated fan base in Europe, where he also regularly performs, Jaared also gains international fans daily. Jaared is a regular guest interviewee on many radio shows in the United States and Europe.
Jay SwisherJay Swisher (author)
Jay Swisher (author)-Napa league operator in Toledo Ohio since 2012.-finished 9th in APA nationals in 2010-National operator of the year for NAPA in 2013 and runner up in 2012-NAPA national council board member from 2014-present-National director of Napa junior leaguesRyan Briggs (father)-Been playing pool league for 7 years starting in 2009-Skill level 6 in APA and a master in NAPA-2009 APA team nationals participant-Mentor and coach pool to kids at a local community center
Joe YoungJoe Young is owner and operator of American Cueist Billiards
Joe Young is owner and operator of American Cueist Billiards, a retailer, cue repair mechanic and owner of Mighty Custom Cues since 2002. In 2012, partnered to open Fat Albert’s Billiards, South Jersey’s premier billiard room and winner of Best Billiard Hall 2014 from Philadelphia Magazine. American Cueist Billiards is an authorized dealer for Jacoby Custom Cues, Viking Cues, Meucci Cues, Kamui and G2 Tips.”
John BartonJohn Barton. Still alive and making cases
Jonathon Smith-BeyJonathon Smith-Bey has been a standup comic from Detroit for 20 years
Justin CuttingJustin Cutting is a 36 year old construction foreman that has played in the APA Nationals
Justin Cutting is a 36 year old construction foreman and has two children with his wife—Tatum 11 and Anthony 3. He has been playing pool for about five years and has played in the APA national 8 and 9 ball team event in 2012, APA doubles 8 and 9 ball in 2013 and then in 2014 he played in the APA 9 ball singles. Tatum has participated in the APA Junior nationals in 2013 and 2014 finishing 9th both years. She is an honor roll student.
Meagan KrafjackMeagan Krafjack is a freelance writer from Bonita Springs, Florida.
Meagan Krafjack is a freelance writer from Bonita Springs, Florida. Her passion for writing began at the age of seven, during a second grade short story contest. Her role as wife and mother inspired her to author the blog: Wifemotherwonderwoman, where she comments on the navigation of daily life. As an avid pool player, who struggled with nervousness and fear during games, she is inspired to help novice players gain both knowledge and confidence through her experience.
Serena BlackSerena Black is a 16 year old up and coming pool player with the ambition to make an impact on this industry.
Serena Black is a 16 year old up and coming pool player with the ambition to make an impact on this industry. She has received numerous awards in her three years of competitive billiards, and is eager to improve her game. She is trained by KJ Williams from the CueSport Academy, and is sponsored by Kamui Brand and Mezz Cues. Serena plans to attend Lindenwood University in the fall of 2016 to compete with their professional billiards team. You can follow her through her fan page on FaceBook.
Katie FiorillaKatie Fiorilla started playing pool in September 2000 when her sister begged her to take her spot on her APA 8-Ball team while on maternity leave.
Katie Fiorilla started playing pool in September 2000 when her sister begged her to take her spot on her APA 8-Ball team while on maternity leave. Never having played pool before, Katie was arguably the worst skill level 2 player in the history of the league and primarily functioned as a body on the team to keep them from disbanding. Being forced to compete every week when just hitting the cue ball into the object ball was challenging was enormous motivation to learn, practice, and get better. Katie was extremely shy and never went out much and pool became her primary social activity and helped build her confidence when interacting with other people. When she first started practicing people would stop by to offer advice and lessons, but eventually people were stopping by to ask her for advice and lessons.After thousands of hours of practice Katie eventually became a skill level 7 in APA and was given the nickname ‘The Tiny Titan’. Katie also plays in the VNEA pool league, competes as a B- on the New England 9 Ball Series tour, placed 5th in the 2014 APA Jack and Jill tournament in Las Vegas, was a member of the NH Masters team at the 2015 APA National Championships in Las Vegas, and was runner-up at the 2015 Super Billiards Expo Women’s Amateur Open. Katie is sponsored by Grand China Billiards in Salem, NH and the NH VNEA pool league. Katie has an M.S. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from UMass Amherst and currently works in the Oncology Department at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research where she plays with robots and does research on cancer cells. [Photo credit for Katie’s bio pic goes to Steve Booth Photography]Photo: Alison Chang [provided by pictured]