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Feb. 2013: Roundhouse Kick

Player: Shannon Daulton
Event: The Southern Classic One-Pocket Division
Location: Tunica, Miss.
Date: July 27, 2012

Feb13_Stroke AT LAST year's inaugural Southern Classic - a nine-day carbon-copy tournament of the Derby City Classic held in July in Tunica, Miss. - Shannon Daulton had his work cut out for him. Down to the final three players in the one-pocket division, Justin Hall had a 2-0 lead in the race to 3, with Ryan Stone awaiting the winner in what would be the final. Daulton was already behind 6-1 in balls when Hall, who had just won the Southern Classic's banks division two days before, stuck the cue ball to the top of the stack and put the 9 near his pocket (the lower right in Diagram 1).

With the 10 ball preventing the four-rail kick at the 9, which was "the shot" according to Accu-Stats commentator Danny DiLiberto, Daulton had a two-rail option, by sending the cue ball off the left long rail and the bottom short rail. Instead, he dreamed up this risky three-rail kick. Sending the cue ball two full table-lengths, Daulton narrowly missed the side pocket as the cue ball sent the 9 into the 7 ball.

The result? As you can see in Diagram 2, about the best Daulton could've hoped for. The cue ball hit the 9 and then stuck to the long rail. The 4 popped out into open space, while the 9 stopped in a much less threatening position. Hall was forced to duck by sticking the cue ball in the jaws of Daulton's pocket. But, in the end, this table-turner wasn't enough. Hall took two more balls to close out the match - and he then topped Stone in the final. While this moment belonged to Daulton, the event certainly belonged to Hall, who earned Master of the Table honors..

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