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Stroke of Genius

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October 2009: Deuel's Big Idea

Player: Corey Deuel
Event: World One-Pocket Championship
Date: Nov. 3, 2000

LEAVE IT to Corey Deuel to retool the conventional break shot in one-pocket. At the 2000 World One-Pocket Championship, the player most commonly associated with the soft break in 9-ball took a decidedly more powerful turn in this match against seasoned one-hole ace Shannon Daulton.

Lost somewhere in the gray area between genius and insanity, Deuel placed the cue ball just a few inches from the side rail, called the pocket on this same side, and drilled the 9 ball in the second row of the rack.

With the match tied at two games apiece, Deuel sent an incredible six balls to the other half of the table. The cue ball went straight off the long rail (to the right in Diagram 1), before hitting the 8 ball and stopping near the middle of the table, one diamond off the short rail (as shown in Diagram 2).

During the event, Deuel admitted he might not have been able to move with the top-tier guys. While the “Prince of Pool” was a 9-ball stud by 2000, he was not such a well-accomplished one-pocket player. Using this break, though, Deuel — if able to leave his opponent without a shot — was able to make the game more about running balls and less about movement.

Spreading the balls and leaving the cue ball safe somewhere near his opponent’s pocket, Deuel put immense pressure on his opponent to play loose and try to run out.

For this match, at least, the strategy was successful. He proceeded to win this rack and the match, 4-3, on his way to a ninth-place finish in a strong field of one-pocket specialists.

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