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First of all, Cheqio is very proud to support the World Pool Series and all players involved.
Event organiser, and professional pool player, Darren Appleton is one of our brand ambassadors since 2015 and we have always believed in his dedication and involvement in the sport. For this reason we also believe in Darren’s vision and concept of World Pool Series.
The World Pool Series (WPS) consists of four separate 8-ball events to be played throughout the course of 2017. The WPS is organized as a tour, with rankings points from earlier events carrying over to later events and determining entrants and seeding’s, and even who qualifies for the following year’s tour. This tour the 8-ball format will be played. All four events will be held at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, Queens, in January, April, July and September respectively, with the final event being the Grand Finale.
The first event almost has a full field of 128 top players from around more than 35 countries in the world. All matches will be single elimination, however all players who lose prior to the final 16 will get another chance to enter the separate Cheqio Challenge event.
Darren, who has partnered with Steinway Billiards owner Manny Stamatakis to produce the tour, came to this ambitious venture not so much out of a desire to make money, but to bring pool to the level he feels the game rarely reaches.
The first event, named The Molinari Players Championship, runs this weekend from January 14-17th at Steinway Billiards in Astoria, Queens and carries a $20,000 first prize. The World Pool Series is sponsored by Molinari, Predator, RYO Rack, Aramith, Iwan Simonis, Kamui, Billiards Digest, Ultimate Team Gear, High Rock and Cheqio.
We wish Darren, the players and everybody else involved, best of luck and a very successful tour!
A picture says more than a thousand words, but a big thanks to Darren "Dynamite" Appleton and everybody else who helped for making it possible and give the Bensinger family the time of their lives!
Poker is a game of skill. However, it has a luck factor. That means there can be variance in the results. It’s very important to think long term. The worst player in the field could win the tournament. However if there are 300 tournaments being played, he is almost guaranteed to be at the bottom. It’s essential for a professional poker player to minimize losses when short-term variance isn’t going your way. If you start playing bad, feeling bad, lose confidence, it will hurt your bottom line. You won’t put yourself in the position to take advantage when things turn around. You will also mess up a lot of spots that could turn into a big score. For instance not having many chips left in the last tournament of the day and just throwing them away. That tournament could have been a win. Or at least a cash that would have softened the downswing.
On the stream you guys have seen that I’ve had one of those bad runs the last two months. What I started doing is showing how you snap out of that. I started talking about every little decision out loud. Sometimes I would even catch myself coming to different conclusions than my initial instinct. This could be due to being a little less confident, a little less focused. Talking out loud made sure I didn't start making mistakes by going over every spot.
How am I gonna say 'Aww I think this guy's range is pretty strong here, but I have a decent hand, so I have to call?' Can't get away with that shit when 1000 people are watching! Tuesday was one of the most positive streams I have ever had. I am not even gonna mention results because IT DOESNT MATTER. Short term doesn't matter guys. Don't let the short term mess the long term up for you. I was playing well, I was improving, and I was having fun. I didn't make mistakes based on things I already knew. I made plenty of mistakes that were new to me, so we learned. Good.
After a week of playing really well keeping my head in the game, the turnaround point came. And boy did we seize it. I got second in a big tournament for $2900. Who knows if we could have done that had we let down our focus last week? Maybe we would have made some small mistake that crept into our game because we weren’t paying attention and busy feeling sorry for ourselves. Strong mental game and focus prevent a small mistake having a butterfly effect on your whole game. I’m not even proud of finishing second. I’m proud of getting to the start of that race with a clear head and healthy intentions. I ended up winning the same tournament a few days later for $4100.
The ironic thing is that now I have to watch for the same mistake. You can start playing bad because you’re winning as well. Thinking cards will always come. Going to keep a close look at my game and inform you guys of all the things that are going through my head. We never know what’s coming in the near future. What a ride.