2011 WPA World Artistic Pool Championship
This magnetic and prestigious event took place at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA from March 10 – 13.
The artistic pool playing artists competed in the 8 skilled and varied disciplines of the sport as follows: Trick and Fancy, Prop / Novelty / Special Arts, Draw, Follow, Bank / Kick, Stroke, Jump, and Masse. In addition, a special Sportsmanship medal was presented to one player selected by player vote. (See accompanying results)
This year made history as the players in the semi – finals and finals were filmed for Television in 3-D, which has never been done before. Center City Film and Video did the filming and production for Comcast, and it was absolutely amazing. Helping the film crew, I was fortunate to get a look back stage at the artistic pool shots the players were pulling off for the cameras — awesome!!
You will not believe what you are seeing when you get a look at it for the first time with the balls jumping off the screen and the players moving around the table in special depth perception effects like you have not seen before.
By Sunday the field was reduced to just 4 players with Andy Segal (USA) vs. Gabi Visoiu (Romania) in one semi final match, and Tim Chin (USA) vs. Jamey Gray (USA) in the other semi final match. The final match found Jamey Gray and Andy Segal battling for the WPA World Artistic Pool Championship Title. This head to head shootout started very close, but ¾ of the way through the match, you could tell that Andy was in dead stroke and pulling away. Andy was taking no chances as he finished strong, leaving nothing in question as to who was the 2011 WPA World Artistic Pool Champion.
This was another great artistic pool event for everyone in attendance. The players had a wonderful time and want to thank Allen Hopkins for this opportunity and his hosting this tournament. The sponsors that made it happen were Simonis Cloth, Diamond, Mueller, Runout Sportswear, Crown Cues, and Dr. Cue Promotions. A special thanks also goes out to the WPA Artistic Pool Division and APTSA boards and select player staff for their dedication and effort in making this event a complete success.
For all of you up and coming Artistic Pool players / fans of our sport, please go to the official site for Artistic Pool – APTSA.US. Future Artistic Pool updates, “trick shots and so much more” special features, and all tournament information for the APTSA (Artistic Pool and Trick Shot Association) tour initiatives program for 2011 and beyond can be found there.
President WPA-Artistic Pool Division
Vice-President WPA- APD
Chairman, APTSA Board
|1||Andy “The Magic Man” Segal||268|
|2||Jamey “Sharp Shooter” Gray||250|
|3||Tim “The Dragon” Chin||229|
|4||Gabi “ Mr. Perfect” Visoui||225|
|5||Nick “Quick Nick” Nikolaidis||220|
|6||Abram “Too Tall” Diaz||216|
|7||Florian “Venom” Kohler||196|
|8||Jamie “The Bayou Bullet” Moody||193|
|9||Tom “Dr. Cue “ Rossman||214|
|10||Chris “Trickyshot” Woodrum||210|
|11||J. R. “Daddy-O” Owens||191|
|12||Bruce “The Big Guy” Barthelette||187|
|13||Dave “Triple Jump” Nangle||185|
|14||Mark “Dr. Popper” Dimick||167|
|15||Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch||165|
|16||Tom “Too Kool” Kinzel||164|
|17||Steve “Stellar” Geller||160|
|18||Gordon “The Wolf” Hedges||159|
|19||Sebastian “The Matador” Giumelli||157|
|20||Joe “Jersey Joe” Bonge||153|
|21||Steve “Triple C” Markle||152|
|22||Javier “The Polar Bear” Gomez||139|
|23||Paul “Book’em” Danno||131|
|24||Jimmy “The General” Glanville||120|
|25||Gerry “Jersey Gerry” Woodlief||111|
|26||Bob “T.V. Bob” Neal||111|
|27||Jim “Coach” Barnard||110|
|28||Roberto “Chapita” Mendoza||107|
|29||Jason “My Son” Kane||104|
|30||Curtis “Red Neck Buddy” Robertson||97|
|31||Peyton “Almost Perfect” Thomas||93|
|32||Rocky “Rocko” Haden||77|
|33||Arkadiy “The Professor” Loshakov||53|
Trick and Fancy Shots
Prop / Novelty / Special Arts
Bank / Kick Shots
By Player Vote: