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SPetty
05-21-2004, 11:38 AM
Noticed Steve came in 7th-8th in the BCA Master Singles division. Very nice! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Good job, Steve. Way to go!

RedHell
05-21-2004, 11:38 AM
Well done Steve !

cuechick
05-21-2004, 11:43 AM
Yes, I saw that too...great going Steve!

UWPoolGod
05-21-2004, 11:59 AM
Thought I saw his equipment bio in this months BD also. Pretty cool. Nice job.

9 Ball Girl
05-21-2004, 12:11 PM
Go Steve! Go Steve! Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Barbara
05-21-2004, 12:14 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> Noticed Steve came in 7th-8th in the BCA Master Singles division. Very nice! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Good job, Steve. Way to go! <hr /></blockquote>

Yeah, but what's up with that payout? Kinda low, dontcha think?

Barbara

Wally_in_Cincy
05-21-2004, 12:41 PM
What was his high run? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Oh wait never mind /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

Rip
05-21-2004, 07:30 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> Noticed Steve came in 7th-8th in the BCA Master Singles division. Very nice! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Good job, Steve. Way to go! <hr /></blockquote>

Yeah, but what's up with that payout? Kinda low, dontcha think?

Barbara <hr /></blockquote>

Good grief Babs---I don't hear Steve complaining! Why not celebrate Steve's success?
Regards,
Rip~celebrating Steve's success and I don't even know the guy! /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Chris Cass
05-21-2004, 09:21 PM
Great job Steve.

C.C.~~ /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Chris Cass
05-22-2004, 02:53 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rip:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> Noticed Steve came in 7th-8th in the BCA Master Singles division. Very nice! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Good job, Steve. Way to go! <hr /></blockquote>

Yeah, but what's up with that payout? Kinda low, dontcha think?

Barbara <hr /></blockquote>

Good grief Babs---I don't hear Steve complaining! Why not celebrate Steve's success?
Regards,
Rip~celebrating Steve's success and I don't even know the guy! /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Hi Rip,

I know Steve is not happy with it but I also know he's glad someone cares. When your that close to striking distance you've got to be bummed.

Steve would rather be having a root canal than think about the things that could have been.

Regards,

C.C.~~Rip' business partner and inventor of the scorpion grill attatchment. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

highsea
05-22-2004, 03:55 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Chris Cass:</font><hr> C.C.~~Rip' business partner and inventor of the scorpion grill attatchment. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

What do you do with a grilled scorpion? eeew!

-CM /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Barbara
05-22-2004, 07:28 AM
Rip,

I'm happy as hell for Steve - I'm behind him and his wife all the way! But I thought that 7/8th would get maybe 4 figures instead of just $950. The payout is definitely a bit top heavy with $6825 for 1st, $4700 for 2nd, $2700 for 3rd, $1700 for 4th, $1200 for 5/6th and $950 for 7/8th. Man! That's a big gap between 2nd and 3rd - didn't even hit the $3000 area.

Barbara

Rich R.
05-22-2004, 07:29 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> Noticed Steve came in 7th-8th in the BCA Master Singles division. Very nice! <hr /></blockquote>

Way to Go, Steve! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Great finish.

Steve, we also saw the great pictures of you and Gina in the current BD. Very nice. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

cuechick
05-22-2004, 08:50 AM
I have to agree! Why not 6000.00 for first and 4500.00 for 2nd? Or something...?
It does not negate his sucsess, it is a tough field, and on bar tables, I think even toougher...

#### leonard
05-25-2004, 06:28 AM
Barbara you have to give the pool players credit it took them 45 years to match golfs payouts. It will take them 200 years to get to the million dollar payout. ####

Eric.
05-25-2004, 08:04 AM
I noticed that too. Good job, Steve!


Eric &gt;wondering how I missed him in Vegas

Chris Cass
05-25-2004, 08:07 AM
LOL
Hi highsea,

It's a joke. One day Rip was grilling some steaks and suddenly a scorpion appeared in the yard. I guess it was trying to cash in on the occasion. Anyway, Rip had only a broom handle and wacked it into kingdom come. hahahaha

I guess you had to be there. He posted on it and I laughed the whole day. You have to meet Rip. He's one of the most funniest guys I've ever met. He has bright white teeth and perfect hair. He's a star in Vegas. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

One day I will move there and open up a pool hall/wedding chapel with him and rent collector cues with a credit card for insurance. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif We're going to be rich. Just have to sweet talk Mr. Nygen(sp?) ( pronounced WIN)it's Vietnamese. He owns most the casinos.

Regards,

C.C.

Wally_in_Cincy
05-25-2004, 08:41 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Chris Cass:</font><hr> LOL
Hi highsea,

It's a joke. One day Rip was grilling some steaks and suddenly a scorpion appeared in the yard. I guess it was trying to cash in on the occasion. Anyway, Rip had only a broom handle and wacked it into kingdom come. hahahaha

I guess you had to be there. He posted on it and I laughed the whole day.... <hr /></blockquote>

as did I Cassman

Rip defeats Scorpion with broom handle (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&amp;Board=ccbboard&amp;Number=21636&amp;page =&amp;view=&amp;sb=&amp;o=&amp;vc=1)

Steve Lipsky
05-25-2004, 09:28 AM
Thanks a lot everyone! Just got back late last night, and had a great time as usual.

The Masters was a lot of fun, and I had a pretty nice draw. Not that the guys I played weren't strong shooters by any means, but everyone knows the 6 or 7 guys you really don't want to draw in that division (Stan Torangeau, Jesse Bowman, Simon Pickering, etc...), and thankfully I wasn't in their brackets.

The last match I lost was to Carlos Santos, who apparently won the Open division last year. He must be the slowest player in history. My friends were timing him, and he was occasionally taking up to 7 minutes per shot. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it really isn't. We played 10 games in well over 3 hours. That's about 20 minutes a game of bar table 8-ball with 2 guys who really aren't going to miss much. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif I was truthfully wondering during the match if it would be bad form for me to shoot myself in the head while he was at the table. How my friends watched that match is beyond me. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

As for the money, the Masters division has less than 256 players, so even with the BCA kicking in an extra $10,000 there's just not going to be much there. My friend Jonathan Smith came in 7th in the Open division, and won almost $3,000. So there's definitely a big contrast between the prizes in the two divisions, but there's also about 1,500 more players in the Open division.

Anyway, I'm glad to be off these tables for the next 2 years. If nothing crazy happens because of the BCA sale, I supposedly have a spot in next year's pro tournament there. Definitely looking forward to that.

So thanks again for the kind words... I really appreciate it and look forward to seeing everyone at the US Open!

- Steve

Wally_in_Cincy
05-25-2004, 10:38 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Steve Lipsky:</font><hr> .....My friends were timing him, and he was occasionally taking up to 7 minutes per shot.....<hr /></blockquote>

There oughta be a law.....

I probably would have just forfeited rather than endure that.

Chris Cass
05-25-2004, 11:37 AM
Hi Steve,

From my understanding is that they'll have to pay your entry in the pro event. If so, and you place high? You can kiss all your fun tourneys goodbye. That'll lock you out of every non-pro event after that. Hope you make the right choice for you. Just something to think about. There isn't much money in the pros unless you place in the top 5 maybe and even then, you'll need sponsors. Tough choices no doubt. We pretty much know how the thing goes huh?

Regards,

C.C.~~great job bud....

Steve Lipsky
05-25-2004, 11:52 AM
Hey Chris. Thanks for the congrats. Don't worry, buddy, I checked the whole thing out already /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif. Unless I place ridiculously high, I will still be considered a Master, not a pro, after that tournament. John Lewis brought up a few examples, such as Lee Heuwagon (sp?) - who beat Strickland in the tournament last year but was back in the Masters this year.

There is no way I would accept the pro spot if it meant losing my amateur status, since I wouldn't even get to play in that tournament again! In other words, they can't ask me to give up my amateur status for one tournament, since in the next year (and all subsequent years) I would not receive an invitation.

- Steve

Rod
05-25-2004, 12:41 PM
Congrats Steve, you did very well. No one should have to go through what you did in that last match. It must have been pure agony.

Rod, ~~Steve still talking to himself, lol

CarolNYC
05-25-2004, 12:54 PM
Way to go,Steve! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Carol

Chris Cass
05-25-2004, 12:59 PM
Hello again Steve,

Your welcome, you deserve all the congrats. What John might have failed to mention is that, your forced to play in the pro event or wait to qualify 2 yrs to return to the Masters event. You don't have much choice but on the other hand you get your entry fee paid. That's a good thing. I think even if you go two and out you still clear $300. if I'm not mistaken. Well, that's if I remember correctly. The down side is that you don't have a chance to take off the Masters event for the big stuff. I understand trade-offs but that's not a very good one, imho. Tough action but if you don't have to worry about status then, beat them all to, well, you know. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Either way, I'm sure you'll do your best and no matter what you do decide, we are 100% in your corner. Take care, give my regards to Nick. (me snaping my fingers) /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Regards,

C.C.

RedHell
05-25-2004, 01:00 PM
Hi Steve,

Again congrats on your results...

About the slow player, doesn't BCA has an slow play rule ? Wasn't there anything you could have done about it, excluding shooting yourself of course /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I don't think I could have stand this pace, and I can stand some very slow player around here (One that comes to mind was taking 45 practice strokes for the break shot /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif)

Please allow me to ask you a question, not opening the door for reasons and all but do you consider that this slow play affected your performance ? And what the heck was going thru your mind while waching this turtle at work ?

Steve Lipsky
05-25-2004, 01:32 PM
Hi Red. You bring up some good points. I didn't have the ref put him on the clock because I've never done that to someone before, and just didn't feel right about it. I have changed that opinion. Right after the match, Gabe Owen (who had to play the winner) came up to me and said, "I've never put anyone on the clock in my life, but this guy's startin' with one". He was right.

By the time I had even considered the clock option, Carlos was up 5-1 and I knew the match was over. With alternate break bar-table 8-ball, I had no legitimate chance to win the match anymore. I figured 'just get the match over with, get out of this god-forsaken tournament, and enjoy what was left of the day by the pool'.

To put all this in perspective, I wasn't in a very good frame of mind the last two days of that tournament (this was Monday and Tuesday). I had just found out about Amsterdam East closing, which threw me for a loop. I had a friend in from California from Sunday to Wednesday morning, so the fact I was still in the tournament meant I couldn't spend much time with him. The team tournament began the next day, so again, the fact I was still in the singles on Tuesday meant I would have no free days to really relax on my vacation.

In all seriousness, I couldn't wait to lose. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I knew the odds were not good for me winning from the loser's side (playing killer after killer), the money wasn't great until you hit 3rd, and it would mean ruining the whole day chasing another few spots up the ladder. I already began the day by waking up at 8 to play my first match at 9. This is not how I wish to spend my vacation.

So when you factor all these thoughts together, it might be easier to imagine what I was thinking during this match. I wanted to get out of there as soon as the score got to 5-1, and having to wait another hour from that point was torture. I was in no mood to call over the refs... I just wanted the thing to be over. God forbid I call the refs over, they time him, and I start to win - I might have been playing all day.

In hindsight, I probably had the wrong attitude, but at the time, all I wanted was for Carlos to run out on me. He made an awful shot when he was up 6-2 and I winced visibly. I was sick that I would have to get back to the table and win another game, then sit down and begin a whole new game/torture session.

Oh my God, I think I need therapy. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

- Steve

Wally_in_Cincy
05-25-2004, 01:55 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Steve Lipsky:</font><hr> ...I figured 'just get the match over with, get out of this god-forsaken tournament... <hr /></blockquote>

I'm sure everyone on this board has felt like that at one time or another.

If a player goes on the clock how much time do they give him for each shot? And since this is 8-ball do they give extra time on the shot right after the break?

9 Ball Girl
05-25-2004, 01:56 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote RedHell:</font><hr> Hi Steve,
About the slow player, doesn't BCA has an slow play rule ? Wasn't there anything you could have done about it, excluding shooting yourself of course /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif <hr /></blockquote>Shoot his opponent? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

RedHell
05-25-2004, 02:03 PM
A good swing in the shin is more like I was thinking /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

nAz
05-25-2004, 02:05 PM
Congrats Steve! gotta ask you do you practice at all on Bar tables before you go into an event like that?

Ralph S.
05-26-2004, 01:04 AM
Congrats Steve. You definetly are deserving of some success. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

#### leonard
05-26-2004, 06:16 AM
Steve the only way I found to beat the slow player is to triple time them. I once took 20 minutes to run 14 balls and came from 80 balls down to win an 400 pt match by 250 balls. The slow stroker can't stand to be kept waiting.####

Chris Cass
05-26-2004, 07:18 AM
Tap, Tap, Tap.

C.C.

Steve Lipsky
05-26-2004, 08:58 AM
Hey Naz. I don't go near a bar table until I get to Vegas. I do this simply because I do not want to get acclimated to the smaller dimensions.

For the first 3 or 4 days of the tournament, missing a shot on one of those things seems impossible, lol. While I may at first get a bit discombobulated in the smaller playing area, I think having total confidence in making every make-able ball is worth the trade-off.

This is just the way I do it. I have no idea if that would work for someone else.

- Steve

nAz
05-26-2004, 10:28 AM
ah so that how you spell "discombobulated" /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I like your approach i think that would work out best for me too.
Probably take me a day or two to get use to playing on a regulation size table after a week end of bar tables /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif