The internet sensation Charles Lakey is a growing name in pool halls around the world. Charles has joined the legendary fame of trick shot artists Tom Rossman, Mike Massey and Florian Kohler. When you say trick shot around a pool table these gentlemen’s names always come up in the conversation. Charles The Inventor Lakey has had millions and millions of views worldwide of his creative artistic ability with a cue stick. After watching Charles’s innovating trick shots his nickn
When people think of trick shot artists, a few names come to mind. Mike Massey and Tom Rossman are names that people immediately think of. Now, you can add the name Florian Kohler to those names that players automatically think of when you talk about trick shot artists. You are the most in demand trick shot performer. How crazy is your travel schedule?
My travel schedule is absolute madness usually. I took 115 flights last year for example, fun at start but traveling definite
I loved working with Joshua and learning about him and his game. He will soon be moving to my home state so I look forward to meeting, and hopefully competing against this up and comer. If more people shared his passion for pool, and the values instilled in him growing up. Then our sport will grow out of the image of hustlers and seedy pool halls. Joshua Carter is a senior at Benton High School in Arkansas and his favorite classes are JROTC and AP 2D and design. Joshua wo
Mafia Mike’s pool hall is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Google — but I rate it a 5. It’s a small place, but has a big feel at 2700 square feet, with six 7 ft Valley tables — which are open and rented at $6 an hour, rather than coin operated, dollar a game. They have 5 smoke filters spinning above — charcoal filtered — mounted in the ceiling that look like space age ceiling fans. They are very effective it appears; “You can sit here in the back of the bar and look up to the
I caught up with New England 9 Ball Series tournament director Marc Dionne at the 10th annual memorial tournament for his father Robert Dionne. The tournament serves as a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, a cause that was very dear to his father’s heart. His father always called Marc his miracle baby because the doctors predicted he wouldn’t live. Marc was born premature, weighing only 2 pounds, with the cord wrapped around his neck. Lack of oxygen during delivery left him w
If you play pool competitively in the Northeast area there is a good chance that you have seen the 14- year-old B player Lukas Fracasso-Verner. The kid is everywhere; The New England 9-Ball Series, The Predator Tour, the Tri-State Tour, the USAPL pool league, the BCA Jack and Jill, and numerous other events. Someone once asked how I felt about competing against him and I replied that I thought it was great. Not only is it nice to see young people taking up the game but Lukas
Q: How many years have you been playing pool? A: I’ve been playing pool for 13 years but only serious about it for three. Q: Who are your sponsors? A: Grinding clothing company, Diveney Custom Cues, Sergeants Sports Bar, Sharky’s Billiards, and Crafton Railroad Company Q: How many tournaments have you competed in? A: I’ve played in 300+ tournaments in 10 years Q: What do you do for fun in your spare time? A: I enjoy fishing, being outside, and hanging out with friends. Q: Wha
I first met Derrick Burnham at a New England 9-Ball Series Tour stop event as he was running racks. Many players can run a rack, but Derrick looked like he knew how to do it the right way. He chose good position routes, had a great stroke, and knew when to play a safety. When I heard people say he was only 16 years old I thought they were joking. I talked to him for a bit and again I was surprised at his age; he was polite and well-mannered and just seemed to be a really nice
Kevin Brown: When did you start doing artistic pool and who was your influence? Brian Pauley: I started doing artistic pool about a year ago. But several years before that I met professional pool player/trickshot artist Steve Lillis of Gospel Trick Shot Ministries at the Derby City Classic. Steve is who influenced me to do artistic pool. KB: What were your first tournaments and achievements in Artistic Pool? BP: I made my debut at the ACSISA Open Artistic Pool Championship on
When asked where he wanted to be in ten years, Greg Hogue chuckled then said “Hopefully still above ground.” At 38, this divorced father of three (two daughters and a black pit bull named Max, none of whom play pool) has many great accomplishments in the pool and billiard world. His first experience with pool was when his granddad Frank, or “Pops,” put him on a milk carton to play at Self’s Coney Island at the tender age of five. He then ran six balls, which was greater than
Here’s something new! Serena Black recently conducted an interview with Garret Troop—founder of Sneaky Pete Mafia—and transformed it into a sweet “presentation.” Use the arrows at the bottom to switch between areas, and the buttons on the right to toggle the zoom or start over.
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Serena Black: How long have you worked for the Billiards Education Foundation? Samm Diep-Vidal: I have worked for the BEF for two and a half years. SB: How did you become director of the BEF? SDV: I was appointed by the board of trustees. SB: What is your favorite part of your job? Least favorite? Most difficult? SDV: My favorite part is when I get to work directly with the youth, and when I get to announce good news to them. I have a hard time when I can’t get the support fr
Joseph Young had the chance to sit down and interview Matt Krah, who is ranked number 27th men’s professional and number one ranked on the Mezz Tour. Hi Matt, Tell me a little about yourself: Q: Where are you from? A: Newark, Delaware Q: Aside from your professional career in pool, do you have another occupation? If so, how did you get into that? How much time do you spend there vs practicing, competing, promoting pool? A: Besides pool, I work in sales and marketing for a man
John Barton was walking down the street and his cue fell out of his case and broke! He repaired it by hand and thought, “a case should last as long as you want to use it, not because it breaks.” This is the moment when his career began. First he started making cases in his attic and then started the company, Instroke, which he later moved into a shop. In 2003 he sold the company and started a new one, JB Cases, so he could elaborate on his vision: “fanatic devotion to quality