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Pool Trick Shots Introduction

Everyone likes watching trick shots in pool. Like many things in life, the trick shots are not always as complicated as they appear to be. We have some hints on how to perform trick shots in billiards. It all starts with the cue ball.

Don't be afraid to discuss pool shots in our Trick Shots Forum, that's what it is there for.

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  • 2006 World Cup of Trick Shots Finals
  • 2006 World Cup of Trick Shots 1st Semi Finals
  • 2006 World Cup of Trick Shots 2nd Semi Finals
  • 2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic Finals
  • 2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic 1st Semi Finals
  • 2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic 2nd Semi Finals
  • 2005 Women's Trick Shot Magic
  • 2004 Women's Trick Shot Magic
  • 2002 Trick Shot Magic


  • ESPN Trick Shot Marathon (2003,2004,2005)

  • Jump Ball Pool Trick Shot
  • Total Number of Pool Balls: 2
  • Trick Shot Props: None
  • Percent Made: 35%
  • Considerations - Pool Table & Other: Table Felt & Speed, Cue Stick Elevation Angle, Spacing.
  • Video: Chumpchange's Jump Shot Pool Trick Shot Video



  • Tennis Racket Pool Trick Shot

  • Total Number of Pool Balls: 1
  • Trick Shot Props: Tennis Racket, Chalk
  • Percent Made: It Depends
  • Considerations - Pool Table & Other: Table Width, Tennis Racket Strings.
  • Video: Chumpchange's Tennis Racket Pool Trick Shot Video



  • Triangle Pool Trick Shot

  • Total Number of Pool Balls: 3
  • Trick Shot Props: Plastic Triangle
  • Percent Made: It Depends
  • Considerations - Pool Table & Other: Triangle Flexibility.
  • Video: Chumpchange's Triangle Pool Trick Shot Video



  • Cue Sticks Pool Trick Shot

  • Total Number of Pool Balls: 2
  • Trick Shot Props: 3 Extra Cue Sticks
  • Percent Made: 90%
  • Considerations - Pool Table & Other: Table Size, Cue Stick Sizes and Angles.
  • Video: Chumpchange's Cue Sticks Pool Trick Shot Video



  • Paper Bags Pool Trick Shot

  • Total Number of Pool Balls: 1
  • Trick Shot Props: 3 Paper Bags
  • Percent Made: It Depends
  • Considerations - Pool Table & Other: Table Size, Thickness of Bags, Speed, Spacing.
  • Video: Chumpchange's Paper Bags Pool Trick Shot Video



  • Sinking 4 Balls Pool Trick Shot

  • Total Number of Pool Balls: 5
  • Trick Shot Props: None.
  • Percent Made: It Depends
  • Considerations - Pool Table & Other: Table Size, Speed, Spacing.
  • Video: Chumpchange's 4 Balls Pool Trick Shot Video



  • Curve Ball Pool Trick Shot Summary

    Cue Ball
    Impact
    Drawing:
    
    o o o
    o o x
    o o x
    
    Ball
    Path:
    
       ^   
      /
     /
    | obst-
    | acle
     \
      \   
    
    Cue Ball
    Impact
    In Time:
    
    between
    3:00 & 
    4:30
    
    HINT:
    
    Put english
    on the side
    of the cue
    ball where 
    the obstacle
    is located.
    



    Curve Ball Pool Trick Shot Summary

    Making the cue ball curve takes some practice. The key is to remember to apply the english to the correct side of the cue ball. The easiest way to remember this is to locate the obstacle and then take not as to whether it is to the left or the right. Next remember to strike the cue ball on this same side. In other words, if the obstacle is on the left then hit the left side of the cue ball between 7:30 and 9:00. If the obstacle is on the right then hit the right side of the cue ball between 3:00 and 4:30. If the cue ball must curve a lot in a short distance then elevate the cue stick 45 degrees and apply the correct amount of pressure to make the english take hold. If the cue ball must curve gradually over a long distance then hit the lower part of the cue ball(like for a draw shot) on either the left or right side depending on where the obstacle is located.


    How To Curve A Pool Ball Checklist

  • Use english on the side of the cue ball that has the object.
  • Try more english for more of a curve.
  • Try less english for less of a curve.
  • Like anything else, practice is the most important thing.
  • Practice different distances on the pool table.
  • Use the same cue stick and the same pool table for practice sessions.
  • Experiment with the right level of force.



  • Pool Flourishes

    If you've spent some time in our forums then you know we have countless of examples of poker chip flourishes and card flourishes. This wouldn't be 21ace if we didn't include a pool flourish so try this one out the next time you have to rack in a pool game. The way my friends and I play is that loser has to rack. The next time you lose try to make yourself feel better by thinking of the fact that it allows you to practice this flourish. The idea is to bounce the 8-ball of the rail such that it lands in the triangle. You'll have to make sure the triangle is right up against the rail so that the 8-ball doesn't have to travel too far when it bounces.

    This pool flourish is best explained in the Byrne's Treasury of Trick Shots in Pool and Billiards book:
    More of a flourish than a shot. Drop the eight onto the rubber from a height of about six inches. Once you get the hang of it, you make the eight bounce into the rack nearly every time. This has been credited to Cueball Kelly. [57]

    Again, if you want to see some chip flourishes then check out our Poker Chip Tricks section. If card flourishes are more up your alley then visit our Card Tricks section.
        /o\
       /o o\
      /o 8 o\
     /o o o o\
    /o o o o o\
    -----------
    rail-x-rail
    
    In the above diagram the idea is to drop the 8 ball about 6 inches above the x on the rail and it should bounce into the correct place "8" in the triangle.



    Pool and Billiards Posters and Prints

    Check out our Pool Posters Page for some classic pool and billiards prints. Our Dogs Playing Pool page has posters and prints of dogs shooting pool.


    2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic Finals

    2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic - First Semifinal - New York, New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

    Tom Rossman vs Mike Massey

    Tom Rossman wins the leg and goes first.

    The cue ball is near the 8 ball on one end of the table and the 1 and 2 balls are on the other end. There is a paper bag near the rail. Tom Rossman makes the shot as the 8 ball goes through the bag and into the pocket. Tom Rossman clenches his fist after making the shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 1 trick shot
    Mike Massey 0 trick shots

    Mike Massey also makes the shot to get on the scoreboard.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 1 trick shot
    Mike Massey 1 trick shot

    4 balls are in a semi-circle on chalk near the corner on the next shot. 2 remaining balls are near the rail. Mike Massey hits the cue ball into the rail and makes it jump over the semi-circle. The cue ball then sinks the object ball.

    Tom Rossman does not make the trick shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 1 trick shot
    Mike Massey 2 trick shots

    4 groups of 3 balls are seen in the next shot. Tom Rossman makes all of them.

    Mike does not make all the balls.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 2 trick shots
    Mike Massey 2 trick shots

    5 balls including the cue ball are propped up in the next shot by Mike Massey. Mike Massey makes the 4 object balls on his 2nd attempt.

    The top of the day has the 1 and 2 on the rail with the 3 next to the 2. All 3 balls go down.

    Mike Massey sinks 5 balls before the cue goes in for his timing shot.

    The announcers tell us the score is now 4 to 3 Mike Massey.

    2 triangles are next to the side pocket and there are 2 cue balls behind some dominos. In his first attempt Mike Massey shoots one of the balls off the table. Mike Massey does not get one of the balls past the dominos in his second attempt.

    We see Tom Rossman taking his second attempt of the trick shot. Tom Rossman makes both balls on his second attempt.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 4 trick shots
    Mike Massey 4 trick shots

    5 balls are lined up parallel to a cue stick in the next shot. The 1st ball jumps the other 4 and sinks. The 2nd ball jumps the other 3 and sinks. The 3rd ball jumps the other 2 and sinks. The 4th ball jumps the 5th and sinks. The parallel cue stick is picked up and used to sink the 5th ball. Tom Rossman makes the trick shot.

    Mike Massey is seen missing the 1st ball on his 2nd attempt of the same shot.

    Mike Massey shoots 2 cue balls again but this time both cue sticks are powered by the right hand using the left hand for stability. They go over a line of balls and then sink some corner balls.

    Tom Rossman uses a giant cue ball in his next shot. The regular cue ball is hit into the giant cue ball. The 8 ball on top of the giant cue ball goes in along with an object ball next to each side pocket.

    Mike Massey also makes the shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 5 trick shots
    Mike Massey 6 trick shots.

    2 beer bottles and 2 glasses are used in the next trick shot. Mike Massey sinks the 2 ball and draws the cue ball back into the 9 ball such that the 9 ball knocks the object ball into the corner to complete the combo.

    Tom Rossman is not able to make the trick shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 5 trick shots
    Mike Massey 7 trick shots

    Tom Rossman has 2 lines of balls on the table with the cue ball between them. The idea is that he keeps hitting the cue ball such that it never stops. In between hitting the cue ball the line balls are made one at a time. Tom Rossman pulls it off.

    Tom Rossman also makes the shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 6 trick shots
    Mike Massey 8 trick shots

    We see Mike Massey taking the 2nd attempt on his boot shot. Mike Massey misses.

    Tom Rossman says he'll shoot the cue ball 12 feet through the air and he does it sinking the cue ball in the boot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 7 trick shots
    Mike Massey 8 trick shots

    Tom Rossman explains that in the next shot the cue ball must jump onto the slipper and stay there as the 4 ball sinks into the corner pocket.

    Tom Rossman makes his trick shot.

    Mike Massey also makes the trick shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 8 trick shots
    Mike Massey 9 trick shots

    The cue and the object are near 1 corner and the 9 and a 10 ball near another corner in Mike Massey's next shot. Mike Massey makes the shot.

    We see Tom Rossman missing the shot on his 2nd attempt.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 8 trick shots
    Mike Massey 10 trick shots

    Tom Rossman makes his timing combo shot in which the balls are rolled before the combo is made.

    Mike Massey misses the shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 9 trick shots
    Mike Massey 10 trick shots

    Tom Rossman has a clump of 3 balls near the side and the 8 and 9 near the middle of the table. Tom Rossman makes the setup shot.

    Mike Massey also makes the shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 10 trick shots
    Mike Massey 11 trick shots

    Mike Massey does a one-handed jump over 6 balls in order to sink a ball in the corner pocket.

    Tom Rossman also makes the trick shot.

    Score
    Tom Rossman 11 trick shots
    Mike Massey 12 trick shots

    The cue ball is frozen between the rail and the 1 ball for Tom Rossman's next trick shot. The cue ball goes into the rail, around a ball and is supposed to sink the object ball. Tom Rossman misses on both attempts. The announcers note that the miss guarantees Mike Massey at least a tie.

    Mike Massey misses on his first attempt of the trick shot. Mike Massey also misses on his second shot.

    7 balls surround the cue ball in the next shot by Mike Massey. A cue stick blocks the side pocket. Mike misses the shot on both attempts.

    Tom Rossman misses on his first attempt of the trick shot. Tom Rossman also misses on the second shot.

    Final Score
    Tom Rossman 11 trick shots
    Mike Massey 12 trick shots

    Congratulations to Mike Massey, the 2006 Trick Shot Magic Champion!


    2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic Semi Final 1

    2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic - First Semifinal - New York, New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes his first shot as the cue ball hits the rail and 8 ball, sending the 8 ball through the bag into the side without touching the 9.

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 1 trick shot
    Luke Szywala 0 trick shots

    Luke Szywala makes the trick shots but the bag goes into the pocket. The referee says the point will not count.

    Luke Szywala attempts a shot with a glass on the table. First attempt no good. Second trick shot attempt no good.
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman almost breaks the glass on his trick shot attempt.

    Score remains
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 1 trick shot
    Luke Szywala 0 trick shots

    muellers.com provides the triangle.

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman explains the domino trick shot where all the balls are near the rail. Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes the domino trick shot.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 2 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 0 trick shots

    Luke Szywala makes the shot on his 2nd attempt. The shot is weird looking because the 2nd ball in each series has chalk under it.
    The referee explains to Luke Szywala that he didn't hit the right ball first so the point does not count.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 2 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 0 trick shots

    The triangle-made balls are against the rail. The cue is on the rail near the corner. Shooting virtually straight down, Luke Szywala makes a corner ball without disturbing the bottle.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 2 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 1 trick shot

    On his 2nd attempt Dr Cue Tom Rossman appears to make the shot but the score remains the same.

    The tip of the day shows 2 balls on the rail and 2 balls next to them as the setup.

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman explains a shot that just involves the cue ball and a glass. He makes the cue ball jump off the far rail and he then scoops the ball into the glass. Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes the shot.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 3 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 1 trick shot

    Luke Szywala's 2nd attempt is shown. Luke Szywala does not make the shot on his 2nd attempt.

    Luke Szywala has a complex setup with 2 triangles, a stick and multiple balls. Luke Szywala is able to sink the trick shot.

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman's 2nd attempt is shown and he makes the shot.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 4 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 2 trick shots

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman has 3 balls including the cue ball on one end of the table and a cloth covering the 8 ball on the other side. Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes the shot.

    Luke Szywala is shown with his 2nd attempt on the shot. Luke Szywala misses his 2nd attempt of the trick shot.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 5 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 2 trick shots

    Luke Szywala explains a complex shot with 3 triangles and a bottle. Luke Szywala makes the trick shot.

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman misses both his attempts.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 5 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 3 trick shots

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman explains a shot with 5 sets of 3 balls making 15 balls total. The balls are setup near the side pocket and angle towards the corner pocket. It is a speed shot and Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes it as all 15 balls go in quickly.

    Luke Szywala isn't able to make all the balls.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 6 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 3 trick shots

    Luke Szywala has 5 upside down cups on the table. 2 of the cups have balls on top(one of which is the cue ball). Luke Szywala hits the cue ball which jumps over a cup and hits the object ball but the object ball misses the side pocket. Note that the 2 cups with balls on them are taller than the other 3 cups. Luke Szywala makes the trick shot on his 2nd attempt.

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman also makes the shot and he raises his hands in the air.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 7 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 4 trick shots

    The cue ball is on top of the 2 ball on one side of the table and there is a bowling bin on the other side of the table in Dr Cue Tom Rossman's next shot. Dr Cue Tom Rossman misses on his first attempt of the trick shot. Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes the trick shot on his 2nd attempt. The timing is tricky, the 2 ball is hit first and one has to wait until the right moment before hitting the cue ball.

    Luke Szywala makes the shot as well.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 8 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 5 trick shots

    The cue ball and 2 other balls are on top of upside down cups in Luke Szywala's next shot. Luke Szywala makes the shot as we hear the applause from the crowd.

    Making the cue ball jump towards the 2 object balls, Dr Cue Tom Rossman also makes the trick shot.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 9 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 6 trick shots

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman has 3 balls near the far rail in this timing shot. Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes the shot. The timing is interesting because the last ball hit is the first one in and the first ball hit is the last one in. Dr Cue Tom Rossman jumps in the air and raises his hands when making the shot, he is not afraid to show enthusiasm.

    Luke Szywala misses on his first attempt of the trick shot. Luke Szywala makes the trick shot on his 2nd attempt.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 10 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 7 trick shots

    A Heineken glass is placed next to the cue ball in Luke Szywala's next shot. A row of 6 balls is near the closest spot to the side pocket and 2 balls are next to the side pocket. Luke Szywala hits the cue ball into the glass and the glass curves around the 6 balls and towards the object balls but does not connect. Luke Szywala misses the trick shot on his second attempt as well.

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes his first attempt of the trick shot and almost makes it.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 10 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 7 trick shots

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman makes his trick shot where a bunch of balls go into different pockets.

    Luke Szywala hits the cue ball into the 5 object ball clump but he misses the 6th ball next to the corner. In his 2nd attempt of the trick shot Luke Szywala misses a ball in the side pocket.

    Score
    Dr Cue Tom Rossman 11 trick shots
    Luke Szywala 7 trick shots

    Dr Cue Tom Rossman goes on to the finals with his 11 to 7 victory.



    2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic Semi Final 2

    2006 Men's Trick Shot Magic - Second Semifinal - New York, New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

    Mike Massey
    4 time trick shot champ
    vs
    Bruce Barthelette

    Commentary
    Mitch Laurance
    Allen Hopkins

    The first trick shot involves the cue ball, the 1 ball, the 2 ball and a glass. Mike Massey makes the trick shot and gets a point on the board.

    Score
    Mike Massey 1 trick shot
    Bruce Barthelette 0 trick shots

    Bruce Barthelette misses on his first attempt of the trick shot. Bruce Barthelette also misses his second attempt of the trick shot.

    Score
    Mike Massey 1 trick shot
    Bruce Barthelette 0 trick shots

    Bruce Barthelette has a timing shot that involves the cue ball and 2 object balls. The cue hits 3 rails and the 2 goes in the side. The 1 ball and the cue ball both go into the corner pocket. Bruce Barthelette makes his trick shot nicely as the cue ball just beats the 1 ball into the corner pocket. One thing that makes the timing shot hard is the fact that the hand cannot touch the table.

    Mike Massey is shown missing on his 2nd attempt of the trick shot.

    Score
    Mike Massey 1 trick shot
    Bruce Barthelette 1 trick shot

    Mike Massey attempts a trick shot that involves a bottle, an object ball near the corner and the cue ball next to another ball. Mike Massey makes the trick shot on his 2nd attempt.

    Bruce Barthelette hits the cue ball into the rail on his attempt but he knocks down the bottle in the process.

    Score
    Mike Massey 2 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 1 trick shot

    Bruce Barthelette has a total of 6 balls on the table for his next trick shot. He is able to get through them and sink the 8 ball which ties the score.

    Score
    Mike Massey 2 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 2 trick shots

    Mike Massey also makes the trick shot.

    Score
    Mike Massey 3 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 2 trick shots

    The tip of the day involves 5 balls in the table in a half-circle type setup. The cue ball is hit with low english.

    Mike Massey has the 9 ball near the corner and the cue ball and the 2 ball near another corner. The cue curves around the bottle and sinks the 9 ball in the corner.

    Bruce Barthelette calls the shot the Sandy Kofax curve. Bruce Barthelette uses the 12 ball instead of the 2 ball but he misses the 12 ball in the side pocket on his first attempt of the trick shot. The cue and the 12 are not frozen. Again Bruce Barthelette misses the 12 ball in the side on his 2nd attempt of the trick shot.

    Score
    Mike Massey 4 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 2 trick shots

    The next shot involves the cue ball being shot off the top of a beer bottle. The cue ball then goes off 3 rails and hits the bottle then knocks the object ball into the corner pocket.

    Bruce Barthelette misses the trick shot on his first try. Bruce Barthelette is able to make the shot on his 2nd try.

    Score
    Mike Massey 4 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 3 trick shots

    Mike Massey doesn't get enough spin on his 1st try of the trick shot. Mike Massey still doesn't get enough english on the 2nd attempt as it also misses.

    Score
    Mike Massey 4 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 3 trick shots

    2 bottles are used in the next trick shot by Mike Massey. Charlie Darling created the shot. 3 balls are near the side and a 4th ball is near the corner. Mike Massey makes the shot.

    Bruce Barthelette makes everything except the corner ball on his first attempt of the trick shot. Again Bruce Barthelette misses the corner ball on his second attempt.

    Score
    Mike Massey 5 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 3 trick shots

    Bruce Barthelette has some strange props in his next trick shot. The cue ball must go over the green monster and into the glove which is on a couch. Bruce Barthelette makes the ball onto the couch but misses the glove.

    Mike Massey makes it into the glove but the ball bounces out. On his 2nd attempt Mike Massey knocks over the green monster.

    Score
    Mike Massey 5 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 3 trick shots

    Mike Massey has the bridge going across the table in this shot. He says it is for players who do not like to use a bridge. It is a karate chop shot. Mike Massey makes the shot look easy. The cue stick goes under the bridge and the cue ball must draw back to the rail.

    Bruce Barthelette misses the first try and the announcers say it is important for him to make the trick shot on his second attempt. Bruce Barthelette makes the shot on his second attempt.

    Score
    Mike Massey 6 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 4 trick shots

    Bruce Barthelette wears a blindfold for the next shot. He must shoot the cue ball through a box and sink the corner ball. The object ball in the corner is actually a combo. Bruce Barthelette misses on his first attempt of the trick shot.

    Mike Massey also misses the shot.

    Bruce Barthelette has 2 cue balls in the next trick shot. We also see the box that was used in the blindfold shot. Bruce Barthelette makes the difficult shot. Mike Massey can't get the cue ball through the box on his first attempt of the trick shot. Mike Massey gets the cue ball through the box on his 2nd attempt but it then bounces over the edge of the table.

    Score
    Mike Massey 6 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 5 trick shots

    There is a clump of 5 balls next to the cue ball in Mike Massey's next shot. The cue ball jumps up, hits the rail, comes down, bounces off the triangle and sinks an object ball. Mike Massey makes the trick shot on his 2nd attempt.

    We see Bruce Barthelette's 2nd attempt but the cue ball lands inside of the triangle.

    Score
    Mike Massey 7 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 5 trick shots

    Mike Massey describes the over, around and under. The bridge extends across the table. 2 balls are frozen near the bridge and a 3rd ball is over by the corner. Mike Massey makes everything but the corner ball on his first attempt of the trick shot. Again, Mike Massey misses the corner ball on his 2nd attempt.

    Bruce Barthelette just misses the corner ball on his first attempt. Again, Bruce Barthelette misses the corner ball on his next attempt.

    The next shot by Bruce Barthelette involves the cue ball, the 8 ball and a bunch of rail banks. Bruce Barthelette misses the trick shot on both attempts.

    Mike Massey misses both attempts.

    Mike Massey has the cue ball on the rail next to the 1 ball in the next shot. Mike Massey misses on his first try. Mike Massey brings the cue where it needs to be on the next shot as he advances to the finals.

    Final Score
    Mike Massey 8 trick shots
    Bruce Barthelette 5 trick shots



    2005 Women's Trick Shot Magic

    ESPN Classic recently showed the 2005 Women's Trick Shot Magic. Ewa Laurance the Striking Viking took on Allison Fisher the Dutchess of Doom. The Trick Shot Magic was held at the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

    Ewa Laurance got things going with an upside down masse shot. The Cue ball was on top of stacked chalk and she shot it through the triangle to pocket the 8 ball. Ewa Laurance makes the trick shot. Allison Fisher misses the trick shot.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 1 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 0 trick shots

    Allison Fisher starts with the next trick shot. The goal is to sink a corner ball, go around a rail ball and sink the other corner ball. Allison Fisher makes the trick shot. Per the announcers Ewa Laurance looks the shot up in Mike Massey's Trick Shot Book but she still misses it.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 1 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 1 trick shots

    Not all the trick shots are shown due to editing. Next we see Ewa Laurance making the cue ball go up over the bridge and into the triangle which causes a ball to sink. Allison Fisher misses the trick shot.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 4 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 2 trick shots

    Allison Fisher makes a topspin shot in which 3 balls are against the rail. The first 2 balls get knocked out of the way and the cue ball stays near the rail in order to knock the last object ball into the pocket. Ewa Laurance also makes the trick shot.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 5 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 3 trick shots

    Allison Fisher has the cue ball pinned against the rail by another ball. She shoots the cue ball into the rail and it goes around 5 balls in order to sink a corner ball. Ewa Laurance misses the trick shot.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 6 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 6 trick shots

    Allison Fisher hits the 8 ball into the rail and it jumps 2 blocking balls. The idea is to then sink the side ball but she misses the trick shot both times. Ewa Laurance makes the trick shot.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 7 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 6 trick shots

    On here second attempt Ewa Laurance makes a trick shot in which the cue ball goes over a barrier, hits 4 or 5 rails and then sinks the 9 ball in the corner. Allison Fisher misses the trick shot.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 9 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 7 trick shots

    Allison Fisher tries a trick shot where the cue ball curves around the triangle, hits 3 or 4 rails and then is supposed to sink a corner ball. Both Allison Fisher and Ewa Laurance miss the trick shot.

    Score is now as follows:
    Ewa Laurance: 9 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 7 trick shots

    Ewa Laurance goes on to make a bizarre shot to get a score of 10 and win the match.

    Final Score:
    Ewa Laurance: 10 trick shots
    Allison Fisher: 7 trick shots

    Ewa Laurance wins 25k in the 2005 Finals after her runner-up finish the previous year.



    2004 Women's Trick Shot Magic

    Jeanette Lee is announced as the 2003 champion.
    1994 9 ball champion Ewa Laurance comes out.

    Mohegan Sun Trick Shot Magic

    Loree Jon Jones was defeated by Jeanette Lee
    Ming Ng defeated by Ewa Laurance

    The black widow has a spider as a prop. Jeanette Lee's shot has 3 rails but she misses on the first try. The 3 ball went in but it came short coming off the rails. Jeanette Lee announces that the 3 will go in the corner, the cue will go under the spider but not touch it. The second attempt also misses.
    Ewa Laurance's first attempt is edited. The second attempt by Ewa Laurance just misses. Ewa Laurance says dang it afterwards.

    Ewa Laurance announces the next shot loudly. The cue ball hits 3 rails but comes up short on the object ball. The second try by Ewa Laurance is close but it does not go in. It is noted that neither player has a point on the board. Jeanette Lee missed both her shots as well.

    Jeanette Lee has the spider prop again. The banana shot is called out because the cue ball must go into the rail before sinking the object ball. Jeanette Lee makes the shot and the crowd applauses.

    Jeanette Lee is first on the board with this trick shot make.
    Jeanette Lee 1 trick shot
    Ewa Laurance 0 trick shots

    Ewa Laurance sets up the balls and then says she will shoot the cue into the rail and have it go around the spider to sink the 9 ball. Ewa Laurance misses on her first try. Ewa Laurance announces the shot again before taking her second attempt. Ewa Laurance misses the trick shot on her second attempt.

    The score remains the same because Ewa Laurance can't make the challenge:
    Jeanette Lee 1 trick shot
    Ewa Laurance 0 trick shots

    After the commercial break we come back to a jump masse that Jeanette Lee describes as difficult. Jeanette Lee misses the trick shot on her first attempt. It is noted that the cue did not sound right. This is tough because it is not a straight jump. Jeanette Lee makes the trick shot on her 2nd try as she yells "yeah baby" and the crowd cheers.

    Editing moves us forward.

    Ewa Laurance notes that her coach Andy Segal has been working with her on jumps.
    Jeanette Lee 4 trick shots
    Ewa Laurance 1 trick shots

    Ewa Laurance tries to bounce the cue off the rail and make the 9 ball combo. Ewa Laurance says "strike 1" after missing on the first try. Ewa Laurance makes the trick shot on her second try to double her score.
    Jeanette Lee 4 trick shots
    Ewa Laurance 2 trick shots

    The replay shows that Ewa Laurance had great spin on the cue ball.

    Jeanette Lee misses her first attempt per the announcer. Jeanette Lee is able to make the trick shot on her second try:
    Jeanette Lee 5 trick shots
    Ewa Laurance 2 trick shots

    Jeanette Lee says, "I'm so excited" as we go to another commercial break.
    Editing brings us to a new score:
    Jeanette Lee 6 trick shots
    Ewa Laurance 3 trick shots

    We see Jeanette Lee taking her second attempt on her sixth challenge. Jeanette Lee makes the first ball on the trick shot but just barely misses the last ball. At first Jeanette Lee thought she made it. Gregg Hovey, president of Olhausen Billiards is shown. Ewa Laurance makes the 2, the 3 and the 9 to get another point.
    Jeanette Lee 6 trick shots
    Ewa Laurance 4 trick shots

    We see that Ewa Laurance is starting to get more confidence now that she is within 2 points of Jeanette Lee.

    Editing moves us forward.
    Jeanette Lee 6 trick shots
    Ewa Laurance 5 trick shots

    We see Jeanette Lee taking her second attempt and the announcers say she hits it too hard. We see replays of shots by Ewa Laurance before going to another commercial break.

    Editing takes us forward.
    Jeanette Lee says the cue ball will go on 3 rails while the 1 ball is in motion. Jeanette Lee does not make the attempt.
    Ewa Laurance misses both attempts.
    Jeanette Lee 8
    Ewa Laurance 7

    Editing moves us up again.
    Ewa Laurance describes her shot and the announcers note that she needs to make it to stay alive. The cue ball must jump over the bridge, make the far corner ball and come back with draw to make the near corner ball. Now we see Ewa Laurance setting up again. Jeanette Lee has been working with Mike Massey per the announcers. Ewa Laurance makes the first ball but not the second.

    Jeanette Lee is the champion and she hugs Mike Massey.

    Final Score:
    Jeanette Lee 8 trick shots
    Ewa Laurance 7 trick shots

    Jeanette Lee is excited as she holds up the $25,000 check for winning the 2004 finals. We hear loud cheers from the crowd.


    2002 Trick Shot Magic

    I recently watched the 2002 Trick Shot Magic Semifinals on ESPN ( filmed in Baltimore ) - not every trick shot is shown on tv.

    Charles Darling and Stefano Pelinga put on a great demonstration of pool trick shots, here are my notes:

    4 rails then tray then corner pocket pool trick shot
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot

    5 balls lined up pool trick shot
    cue ball (11) draws 3 rails then combos the 8 (the combo is extra help for the 8)
    low, right hand spin
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot off the side rail
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot off the bottom rail

    7 ball shot out from under 8 pool trick shot
    cue goes 3 rails and knocks 8 in
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga misses the trick shot

    Aramith Balls trick shot demo
    2 corner, 1 corner, 3 side
    All 3 balls sink in the pockets at the same time.

    Object ball in pocket, cue ball sinks 6 ball after 3 rails and bag trick shot
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga misses the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 5 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 3 trick shots

    7 ball off bottle, 9 ball drops and stays on bottle trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot
    Charles Darling misses the trick shot

    Make ball in corner, put ball back, drink shot, cue ball off 3 rails sinks ball again
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 6 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 5 trick shots

    Object ball 2 rails then side, 9 ball in corner
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot
    Charles Darling misses the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 6 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 6 trick shots

    9 side, 14 corner, cue jumps bridge, hits 3 rails and pockets the 1
    Charles Darling misses the trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot
    *It was Charles Darling's challenge but he missed both tries and Stefano Pelinga ended up making it.

    7 balls made in 1 shot trick shot
    all pockets but bottom left corner are used
    invented by Mike Mace
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot
    Charles Darling must have missed the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 7 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 8 trick shots

    cue into rail then 3 rails, sink ball in corner trick shot
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 7 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 9 trick shots

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 7 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 10 trick shots

    Jump balls, sink corner trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 8 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 11 trick shots

    over and under bridge, pocket 1 ball, come back for 9 ball trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 9 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 12 trick shots

    Cue ball curves between line of balls for corner ball trick shot
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 10 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 13 trick shots

    Stefano Pelinga quietly has made 10 trick shots in a row.

    3 balls lined up near corner, 2 go in far corner, 1 comes back to near corner trick shot
    it is a setup trick shot with left english on the cue ball
    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot
    Charles Darling makes the trick shot

    Score is now as follows:
    Charles Darling: 11 trick shots
    Stefano Pelinga: 14 trick shots

    Stefano Pelinga wins the match to become the 2002 Trick Shot Champ!


    2006 World Cup of Trick Shots Finals

    2006 World Cup of Trick Shots - Finals - Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut

    Commentary
    Mitch Laurance
    Allen Hopkins

    Mike Massey is announced as the captain of Team America
    Stefano Pelinga is announced as the captain of Team Europe

    $50,000 goes to the champions

    Team USA
    Andy Segal
    Bruce Barthelette
    Tom Rossman
    Mike Massey (captain)

    Team Europe
    Luke Szywala
    Nick Nikolaidis
    Bogdan Wolkowski
    Stefano Pelinga (captain)

    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette brought 1 point to the finals for team USA.
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga brought 1 point to the finals for team Europe.

    In this difficult trick shot 6 balls are lined up and the cue ball is next to the side pocket for 7 balls total. The cue ball must be hit slowly such that the 6 remaining balls can all be hit in before the cue ball reaches the corner pocket.

    Mike Massey is able to make the trick shot for the US Team.

    Score:
    Team USA 2 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 2 pool trick shots

    Mike Massey and Tom Rossman each make 5 balls in a difficult trick shot.

    Team Europe is shown missing the trick shot on the 2nd attempt.

    Score:
    Team USA 3 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 2 pool trick shots

    Bogdan Wolkowski has a rack of balls near the first diamond next to the side pocket. Bogdan Wolkowski executes the trick shot perfectly as the cue ball flies back and sinks the 8 ball without touching the 2nd cue ball.

    Andy Segal also makes the trick shot and give high fives to his teammates.

    Score:
    Team USA 4 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 3 pool trick shots

    Dominoes are used in the next trick shot. Andy Segal makes the trick shot. Nick Nikolaidis fails to hit the dominoes on his attempt of the trick shot.

    Score:
    Team USA 5 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 3 pool trick shots

    Mike Massey demonstrates the slam dunk trick shot. The key is that the tangent lines are aimed towards the pockets.

    6 balls are near 6 stacks of poker chips in the next trick shot. Alternating hands, Nick Nikolaidis makes shots by jumping the balls over the poker chips. Nick Nikolaidis misses on one of the balls though.

    Bruce Barthelette doesn't hit any chips but he bounces one of the balls too far such that it goes over the side pocket. Bruce Barthelette makes all the balls in his 2nd attempt of the trick shot.

    Score:
    Team USA 6 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 3 pool trick shots

    Bruce Barthelette jumps the cue ball over the shield and into the glove on his next trick shot. Stefano Pelinga misses the trick shot and does not look happy.

    Score:
    Team USA 7
    Team Europe 3

    Tom Rossman clenches his fist after making the cloth trick shot.

    Luke Szywala misses the trick shot.

    Score:
    Team USA 8 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 3 pool trick shots

    The cue ball sits atop 6 balls in the next trick shot. 2 cue sticks are angled towards the corner pockets. Luke Szywala makes all the balls in the trick shot as the crowd cheers loudly.

    Andy Segal misses both his attempts of the same trick shot.

    Score:
    Team USA 8 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 4 pool trick shots

    Andy Segal explains that this is a double jump shot in which Bruce Barthelette will act as the batter. Andy Segal makes the cue ball jump over a line of balls. Bruce Barthelette then makes the cue ball bounce back over such that it travels to the corner pocket to make the combo. The cue ball isn't part of the shot so it is ok that it flies off the table.

    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe are also able to make the trick shot.

    Score:
    Team USA 9 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 5 pool trick shots

    Bogdan Wolkowski makes the object ball in the next trick shot. Everyone watches the ball on the middle bottle to make sure it continues to spin for the required 30 seconds.

    Score:
    Team USA 9 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 6 pool trick shots

    Nick Nikolaidis sinks the 1 ball in the corner pocket. The cue ball is drawn off 3 rails to the required area.

    Tom Rossman looks excited after taking the same shot. The cue ball comes back to the right spot and Tom Rossman gets credit for the trick shot.

    Score:
    Team USA 10 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 7 pool trick shots

    Team USA makes the next trick shot and Stefano Pelinga makes it for Europe as well.

    Score:
    Team USA 11 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 6 pool trick shots

    Stefano Pelinga has 4 balls including the cue ball on one side of the triangle. An object ball is on the other side near the corner. Stefano Pelinga is able to sink all the balls in the trick shot.

    Mike Massey makes the shot for Team USA.

    Score:
    Team USA 12 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 7 pool trick shots

    Luke Szywala makes a nice draw english shot for Team Europe.

    Stefano Pelinga uses cigarettes for the next trick shot. He brings the cue ball back to sink the corner ball.

    Mike Massey is not able to make the shot.

    Score:
    Team USA 13 pool trick shots
    Team Europe 11 pool trick shots

    Bogdan Wolkowski misses a cue stick shot for team Europe.

    Nick Nikolaidis has 2 rows of balls lined up with the cue ball between them.

    In the end Team USA defends the lead and wins the gold medals.



    2006 World Cup of Trick Shots Semi Final 1

    2006 World Cup of Trick Shots - First Semifinal - Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut

    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe versus Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA

    Commentary
    Mitch Laurance
    Allen Hopkins

    Nick Nikolaidis has a bucket with poker chips inside. The object is to strike the cue ball into the end rail where it should bounce up about 7 feet in the air and land in the bucket of poker chips. The bucket is angled to make it easier. Nick Nikolaidis comes close on his first attempt of the trick shot. Nick Nikolaidis makes the trick shot on his 2nd attempt.

    Andy Segal misses on his first attempt of the trick shot. Andy Segal also misses the 2nd try.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 1 pool trick shot
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 0 pool trick shots

    Andy Segal has 2 sets of dominos in the next trick shot. The cue ball should jump over the first set of dominos then the second and finally sink the object ball. Andy Segal sinks the trick shot on his second attempt.

    Bogdan Wolkowski who is a snooker champ on 12 foot tables tries the domino trick shot. Bogdan Wolkowski misses the trick shot both times.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 1 pool trick shot
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 1 pool trick shot

    Bogdan Wolkowski makes an interesting bank masse trick shot. The ball goes out about 3 feet, comes back as a masse, banks off the rail and then sinks the object ball. Bruce Barthelette is shown trying the same trick shot. He gets action on the cue ball on his first attempt but misses the difficult trick shot. Bruce Barthelette tries to masse the cue ball again but also misses his 2nd attempt of the trick shot.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 2 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 1 pool trick shot

    Bruce Barthelette sets up a shot where the cue ball goes off 3 rails and sinks the object ball. The cue ball is launched from the top of a bottle and the bottle must fall at the right angle to make it possible to sink the object ball.

    Nick Nikolaidis makes the trick shot on his first attempt.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 3 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 1 pool trick shot

    Our pool tip of the day by Olhausen is demonstrated by Tom Rossman. We have the 8 ball on a short coin wrapper and the 9 ball on a tall coin wrapper. Finally, the 7 ball is by the side pocket. Tom Rossman shows how to make all 3 balls.

    Nick Nikolaidis sets up a trick shot where 3 balls are placed on tubes. A 4th ball is in front of the cue ball. The 4th ball goes in the side pocket and all 3 of the tube balls fall down in a line. Andy Segal repeats the steps where the cue ball is hit twice. The first shot displaces the tube balls and the 2nd shot makes the cue ball. This trick shot is tricky because the 2nd shot must happen precisely when the tube balls have bounced back up in the air.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 4 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 2 pool trick shots

    Andy Segal has a balloon for the next trick shot. Andy Segal is able to pop the balloon but he still misses the trick shot. Bogdan Wolkowski misses both attempts on the same trick shot.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 4 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 2 pool trick shots

    Bruce Barthelette has a draw jump shot for the next trick shot. Bruce Barthelette hits the first cue ball into a second cue ball. The first cue ball must draw back and make an object ball in the corner. The second cue ball travels 3 rails and then Bruce Barthelette hits it again through a hole so that it can sink the 8 ball.

    Nick Nikolaidis is shown doing the difficult trick shot but he makes it look easy as everything falls into place.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 5 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 3 pool trick shots

    Hank Hayes is shown after the commercial break.

    Bruce Barthelette lines up the cue ball and 2 object balls along the 2nd diamond. The shot must be done free-hand without touching the table.As the cue ball goes off 3 rails, the first ball is hit into the side pocket. The second ball goes into the corner pocket but the cue ball must be hit a second time to reach the corner pocket before the second ball.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 6 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 4 pool trick shots

    Bogdan Wolkowski has the cue ball surrounded in the corner. The cue ball must go off the rail, over the surrounding balls, off 3 rails, up and down the cue sticks and finally into the 8 ball(making it in the side pocket). Bogdan Wolkowski misses both attempts on the trick shot. Andy Segal is able to make the trick shot to bring Team USA within 1 point of Team Europe.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 6 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 5 pool trick shots

    Andy Segal has some playing cards in the shape of a tunnel. The cue ball hits the 8 ball through the card tunnel and the 8 ball has enough spin to come over and nudge the triangle which then sinks the 9 ball.

    Nick Nikolaidis also makes the trick shot.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 7 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 6 pool trick shots

    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey are shown watching.

    Nick Nikolaidis has a cue bridge going across the table such that the tip is on the opposite side of the side pocket as the base. Mitch notes that this is one of his favorite trick shots. The 1 ball goes in the side pocket. The 2 ball goes in the corner pocket. Finally, the cue ball goes off 3 or 4 rails to sink the 9 ball.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 8 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 7 pool trick shots

    Bruce Barthelette makes the first object ball in the next trick shot. However, the second object ball comes up short. Bruce Barthelette makes the trick shot on his second attempt.

    Bogdan Wolkowski is shown in his 2nd attempt of the trick shot but he misses.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 8 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 8 pool trick shots

    Andy Segal hits the cue ball into the 1 ball. The cue ball must then sink the side pocket ball and come back to make the corner pocket ball. Note that the 1 ball does not need to sink. The draw english on the cue ball works nicely.

    Nick Nikolaidis is shown missing the same trick shot on his second attempt.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 8 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 9 pool trick shots

    Nick Nikolaidis must jump 15 balls in 45 seconds in this 2-handed speed shot. Nick Nikolaidis spills the poker chips in joy after making this trick shot.

    Andy Segal is shown attempting the same trick shot. Andy Segal shouts and raises his arms after making the same trick shot.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 9 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 10 pool trick shots

    5 balls are lined up in the center of the pool table. They must weave the cue ball and then sink an object ball in the corner. Whoever starts also finishes. Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA make the shot on their 2nd attempt.

    Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 9 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 11 pool trick shots

    Bogdan Wolkowski must hit the 8 ball hard enough to go off 5 rails towards the corner pocket in the next trick shot. Bogdan Wolkowski misses the trick shot on both attempts.

    Final Score:
    Nick Nikolaidis and Bogdan Wolkowski of Team Europe 9 pool trick shots
    Andy Segal and Bruce Barthelette of Team USA 11 pool trick shots

    Congratulations to Team USA for the semi final victory! The victory lets them carry 1 point into the finals.



    2006 World Cup of Trick Shots Semi Final 2

    2006 World Cup of Trick Shots - Second Semifinal - Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut

    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA versus Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe

    Commentary
    Mitch Laurance
    Allen Hopkins

    Mike Massey is announced as the captain of Team America
    Stefano Pelinga is announced as the captain of Team Europe

    $50,000 goes to the champions

    Mike Massey starts out with a throwback trick shot. The cue and 1 ball are next to a bottle. The goal is to bank the 1 off the side and sink the 2 without disturbing the bottle. Mike Massey misses the trick shot on his first try. Mike Massey hits the 2 ball on his 2nd attempt of the trick shot but it does not sink into the pocket.

    Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot and politely says "thank you" as he calmly walks away.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 0 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 1 pool trick shot

    Stefano Pelinga is trying to make the 1 ball in the corner pocket without disturbing the 9 ball. Stefano Pelinga makes the trick shot on his 2nd attempt but the 9 ball is disturbed so it does not count.

    Tom Rossman is shown missing his 2nd attempt of the same trick shot.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 0 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 1 pool trick shot

    Tom Rossman attempts to shoot the 8 ball through a bag in the side pocket. Tom Rossman is able to make the trick shot.

    Luke Szywala also makes the trick shot using the 11 ball instead of the 8 ball.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 1 pool trick shot
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 2 pool trick shots

    5 glasses are setup on the next trick shot. The cue ball is on the first glass and the object ball is on the 3rd(middle) glass. Luke Szywala makes the trick shot.

    Mike Massey breaks some glass on his attempt of the trick shot.

    Stefano Pelinga talks about the tip of the day with the 1, 2 and 3 balls.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 1 pool trick shot
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 3 pool trick shots

    Stefano Pelinga pockets the 1 ball in the corner and tries to draw the cue ball back the length of the table in his next trick shot. Stefano Pelinga successfully brings it back to the rail with room to spare.

    After a Tom Rossman shot with a giant cue ball we have a new score.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 3 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 5 pool trick shots

    Luke Szywala makes a speed trick shot in which 12 balls go in. Mike Massey is shown missing the speed trick shot on his 2nd attempt.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 3 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 6 pool trick shots

    Mike Massey makes his next trick shot where the cue ball goes off the rail and into a glass. Mike Massey does not get a point because he didn't take the ball out of the cup and drop it into the corner pocket. Mike Massey jokes to the crowd and tries the shot again. Mike Massey is not able to catch the cue ball on his 2nd attempt.

    Luke Szywala makes the trick shot on his first attempt and he remembers to drop the ball from the glass into the pocket.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 3 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 7 pool trick shots

    Luke Szywala has the cue ball next to a bottle with 2 triangles on the table. He misses the trick shot on both attempts. Tom Rossman is able to make the trick shot.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 4 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 7 pool trick shots

    15 balls angle away from the side pocket in the next trick shot by Tom Rossman. Both Tom Rossman and Stefano Pelinga make the trick shot.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 5 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 8 pool trick shots

    Luke Szywala gets in the right area of the required 2 diamond perimeter to get a point on the next trick shot.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 5 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 9 pool trick shots

    Tom Rossman makes his first attempt on the next trick shot. He must masse the cue ball around a blocking ball. The cue ball must get to the corner and sink the 8 ball. Tom Rossman is able to make the bank masse trick shot.

    Stefano Pelinga is shown missing his 2nd attempt of the same trick shot.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 6 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 9 pool trick shots

    Stefano Pelinga discusses a beautiful masse shot from the movie, The Hustler. Stefano Pelinga just misses the trick shot.

    Mike Massey is shown at the pool table with his first attempt of the masse shot. Mike Massey gets some crazy action on the cue ball as he makes the trick shot. The cue ball had so much action on it that it went past the side pocket.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 7 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 9 pool trick shots

    Luke Szywala misses a crazy trick shot with 2 triangles, a bottle and a stick on the table. Tom Rossman is able to make the trick shot which pulls team USA within a point.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 8 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 9 pool trick shots

    Tom Rossman throws his fist around as he makes the next trick shot. The cue ball goes around 3 rails to make the last object ball.

    Luke Szywala takes his time and makes all 5 object balls in the trick shot.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 9 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 10 pool trick shots

    Stefano Pelinga has a triangle, a block, 2 cue sticks and tons of balls on the table. The cue ball goes up the cue stick ramp and clinches it for Team Europe.

    Score:
    Tom Rossman and Mike Massey of Team USA 9 pool trick shots
    Luke Szywala and Stefano Pelinga of Team Europe 11 pool trick shots

    Congratulations to Team Europe for the victory! The victory lets Team Europe carry 1 point into the finals.



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