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08-04-2004, 04:43 PM

August 4th, 2004

From: Mike Janis - The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour

Subject: Amateurs Only - The Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball Tour

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour announces the creation of a new 9-ball tour for
Amateurs only. The NEW tour will be dubbed the Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball
Tour and will start out with a format consisting of sixteen 1 day $500 added
9-ball tournament with its own tour championship event at the conclusion of
the season. These events will only allow true amateur players to
participate with a main goal of attracting new players to our sport.

The events will take place in pool rooms in Ohio, PA, WV, IN and MI. The
tour will be directed by 16 year old Matt Janis. Matt gained his experience
and recognition working with his father Mike Janis as a co-director on the
Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour and will be continuing a high level of prestigious
tournament direction and promotion in this new venture.

Matt Janis states the he is very grateful to the Hart family of Viking Cue
Mfg., Inc. for providing the title sponsorship for this tour and together we
are pleased to offer this format to the up and coming players in our sport.

Mike Janis said, " The Amateur Tour will be a compliment to our existing
operations of the Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour. Both tours will work hand in hand
to bring our sponsors the highest levels of recognition in our industry. "
Mike Janis founded the Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour in 1994 and with the help of
the participating room owners and sponsors the tour has grown to one of the
largest in the country.

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour and The Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball Tour are
produced by Mike Janis Productions of Cleveland, Ohio. For more information
about participating in or hosting an event in your billiard room please

The Viking Cue Amateur 9-Ball Tour, contact Matt Janis at 216-201-0007.

The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour, contact Mike Janis at 800-200-POOL.

E-mail: vikingtour@sbcglobal.net

08-04-2004, 04:53 PM
Sounds great! I hope to play in events that are in Indiana!

08-04-2004, 05:25 PM
How will you distinguish between an amateur and a professional?

08-04-2004, 06:49 PM
Seperating the players (Pro -vs- Am) is not always an easy task. However I do have a distinct advantage. I know all the Pro's by face, name and road names so they simply won't get in. It's the top regional players that will be the main problem. The players that are not on any of the Pro or master lists are the ones that will be difficult.

To start off with we will immediately ban any player that has had a 1st place finish on any of the open tours (Viking, Joss, McDermott, Pechauer, Midwest). after that we will scrutenise any other player that has consistantly finished in the money on these same tours or any other.

In addition, there are several players that are top players in there region and they will also not be allowed to participate. They know who they are and we know most of them. The TD and the room owners will work in cooperation with each other to help determine a players eligibility.

After all those solutions have been tested we will also pay close attention to players if they consistantly win or cash in the amateur events. By cashing high in the field several time we may ban you from future participation in the amateur events.

To determine your eligibility in advance you can always call me prior to making a trip to the events.

Mike Janis