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EVENT NEWS FROM WPA WORLD ARTISTIC POOL CHAMPIONSHIP 10 - 13 MAR 2011

2011 WPA World Artistic Pool Championship

PLENTY OF TRICKS AND TREATS AS ANDY SEGAL CAPTURES THE WORLD ARTISTIC TITLE IN VALLEY FORGE.

This magnetic and prestigious event took place at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA from March 10 - 13.

The artistic pool playing artists competed in the 8 skilled and varied disciplines of the sport as follows: Trick and Fancy, Prop / Novelty / Special Arts, Draw, Follow, Bank / Kick, Stroke, Jump, and Masse.  In addition, a special Sportsmanship medal was presented to one player selected by player vote.  (See accompanying results)

This year made history as the players in the semi - finals and finals were filmed for Television in 3-D, which has never been done before.  Center City Film and Video did the filming and production for Comcast, and it was absolutely amazing.  Helping the film crew, I was fortunate to get a look back stage at the artistic pool shots the players were pulling off for the cameras -- awesome!!

You will not believe what you are seeing when you get a look at it for the first time with the balls jumping off the screen and the players moving around the table in special depth perception effects like you have not seen before.

By Sunday the field was reduced to just 4 players with Andy Segal (USA) vs. Gabi Visoiu (Romania) in one semi final match, and Tim Chin (USA) vs. Jamey Gray (USA) in the other semi final match. The final match found Jamey Gray and Andy Segal battling for the WPA World Artistic Pool Championship Title.  This head to head shootout started very close, but ¾ of the way through the match, you could tell that Andy was in dead stroke and pulling away.  Andy was taking no chances as he finished strong, leaving nothing in question as to who was the 2011 WPA World Artistic Pool Champion.

This was another great artistic pool event for everyone in attendance.  The players had a wonderful time and want to thank Allen Hopkins for this opportunity and his hosting this tournament.  The sponsors that made it happen were Simonis Cloth, Diamond, Mueller, Runout Sportswear, Crown Cues, and Dr. Cue Promotions.  A special thanks also goes out to the WPA Artistic Pool Division and APTSA boards and select player staff for their dedication and effort in making this event a complete success. 

For all of you up and coming Artistic Pool players / fans of our sport, please go to the official site for Artistic Pool – APTSA.US.  Future Artistic Pool updates, “trick shots and so much more” special features, and all tournament information for the APTSA (Artistic Pool and Trick Shot Association) tour initiatives program for 2011 and beyond can be found there.   

 

Mark Dimick
President WPA-Artistic Pool Division

 

Jim Sommers
Vice-President WPA- APD

 

Tom Kinzel
Chairman, APTSA Board

1st, 2nd and 3rd winnersRESULTS

Pl.

Player

Pts

1

Andy “The Magic Man” Segal

268

2

Jamey “Sharp Shooter” Gray

250

3

Tim “The Dragon” Chin

229

4

Gabi “ Mr. Perfect” Visoui

225

5

Nick “Quick Nick” Nikolaidis

220

6

Abram “Too Tall” Diaz

216

7

Florian “Venom” Kohler

196

8

Jamie “The Bayou Bullet” Moody

193

9

Tom “Dr. Cue “ Rossman

214

10

Chris “Trickyshot” Woodrum

210

11

J. R. “Daddy-O” Owens

191

12

Bruce “The Big Guy” Barthelette

187

13

Dave “Triple Jump” Nangle

185

14

Mark “Dr. Popper” Dimick

167

15

Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch

165

16

Tom “Too Kool” Kinzel

164

17

Steve “Stellar” Geller

160

18

Gordon “The Wolf” Hedges

159

19

Sebastian “The Matador” Giumelli

157

20

Joe “Jersey Joe” Bonge

153

21

Steve “Triple C” Markle

152

22

Javier “The Polar Bear” Gomez

139

23

Paul “Book’em” Danno

131

24

Jimmy “The General” Glanville

120

25

Gerry “Jersey Gerry” Woodlief

111

26

Bob “T.V. Bob” Neal

111

27

Jim “Coach” Barnard

110

28

Roberto “Chapita” Mendoza

107

29

Jason “My Son” Kane

104

30

Curtis “Red Neck Buddy” Robertson

97

31

Peyton “Almost Perfect” Thomas

93

32

Rocky “Rocko” Haden

77

33

Arkadiy “The Professor” Loshakov

53


discipline winnersDiscipline Champions:

Trick and Fancy Shots
Jeremiah Owens

Prop / Novelty / Special Arts
Andy Segal

Draw Shots
Andy Segal

Follow Shots
Jamey Gray

Bank / Kick Shots
Tom Rossman

Stroke Shots
Abram Diaz

Jump Shots
Tim Chin

Masse Shots
Andy Segal

Sportsmanship Award:

By Player Vote:
Gerry Woodlief

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