Monday, January 26, 2009

Quick update from DCC

Ok, a quick update from DCC.

I travelled for 24 hours before I got the the Horseshoe Hotel, then I went straight to the Action Room and was in cheap action for almost 12 hours. Slept for 4 hours, played some cheap one-pocket for 3-4 hours before I played my first match in the One-Pocket tournament. Slept only 4 hours this night too, so hopefully I will be able to get some sleep during the day today. Crossing my fingers for a late match for me.

Played a guy called Aaron Toth in the tournament, and he played some very solid bankshots, winning the first rack 8-3. I decided to play very aggressive instead of "only" defense, which looks like being the standard here, and it paid out. I had some very nice runs to win the games, and it was a confidence boost having Niels Feijen cheering on me ringside. Won my first ever DCC match 3-1, and I am right now waiting for the draw for round 2.

Derby City Classic is not like other tournaments with double elimination, groups etc. Here it is a random draw of all the players, and once you lost two matches you are out. You can basically ending up with playing the same player twice, because there is no loser or winner brackets.

Chris played just an hour ago, against an old guy, but Chris got totally outmoved and lost 3-0, but is still in.

Yesterday I challenged WPBA-pro Sarah Rousey, who finished 3rd in one of the last WPBA tournaments, and we decided to play for a $ 100 a set in 10-ball, race to 9. I beat her 9-5 and 9-6, but she was obviously not too happy with her performance so it looks like we will play some more sets during the week.

Tonight it looks like Efren Reyes will play Shane Van Boening a race to 21 in 10-ball, live on

Other possible match-ups during the week are Efren Reyes - Gabe Owen in one-pocket. Efren said he will give anyone at DCC 9-7 in hcp in one-pocket, and Gabe wants to play him. Will probably be tomorrow, also on The Action Report.

Rumour has it that Marcus Chamat will play an ahead set against Chris Bartram tonight, and Niels Feijen might play John Schmidt a race to 300 in 14-1. John Schmidt ran 154 in the Straight Pool Challenge, and has the high run so far, with Corey Deuel second with a 153.

Sarah Rousey has agreed to play some cheap sets with Niels Feijen's girlfriend, the danish poolplayer Katrine Jensen. They will also probably play on TAR, with Sarah giving up the 8 in 10-ball.

Stay tuned, more updates later :)

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How I practice

Most of the time I practice by playing the Ghost in 9-ball or 10-ball. Sometimes I line up difficult shots or safeties that I have been struggling with, and the rest of the time I am normally using on the system called PAT.

I am using PAT (Playing Ability Test) to test my skills and to see progress, and it is really working great for me.

I have bought the books and DVD's on Amazon, and I recommend it to all players who wants to raise their game to another level.

PAT consists of 4 different levels, from amateurs to professionals. As a side-note, top-players such as Jasmin Ouschan and Thorsten Hohmann uses PAT on a regular basis.

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