Johnny Layton



Johnny LaytonJohnny layton was born in Sedalia,Missouri in 1887.He was one of the most versatile men in the game.He had been boxer,baseball player,wrestler and one of the best fishermen.A jovial personality and one of the sharpest mathematical talents in three cushion game.Willie Hoppe,Welker Cochran,Augie Kieckhefer held the worlds three cushion title but when they had to choose the greatest three cushion artist of all time,they generally agreed on one name-Johnny Layton.Johnny started as a pocket billiard player and was Sedalia’s first ever national champion(in pool or any other sport)and the crowd was always behind him for his quick and confindence style,sometimes using his right hand or his left.He won his first world’s pool championship in 1916.He then became attracted to the three cushion variety and within four years was world’s champion in that style.


Left to right:Gus Copulos(inventor of the Plus two system),Hoppe,Layton,Reiselt.1928.

Few billiard players had the records which follow Layton’s name.There are the 50 points in 23 innings,made against Charley Jordan in New York in 1930.He had a high run of 19 points,2,423 average in a match against Kieckhefer in 1930 and of course his 1,3 average in 1928 world three cushion championship.He was credited with originating the method of using the diamond system,using table markers to indicate direction of ball rebounds,a style that he perfected through the application of his highly developed mathematical mind.He died of a heart attack in 1956.

Plus two system

The Plus two system





Olivier Careaux shows up with high class win


Euro grandprix 71-2,2015The French supremacy in the Euro Grand Prix balk-line 71/2 in Prague is crowned by an excellent victory of Olivier Careaux. The undisputed best player of the tournament won the final against the Spaniard Raul Cuenca 200-44 in four innings. The numbers three and four on the podium were the French Patrick Dupont and David Jacquet.The tournament, organized by BC Vitkov and played in the Ceskomoravsky Billardovy club, was closed with a well deserved winner. Olivier Careaux, chef de rang at Chateau de Sallettes and living in Castelnau-De Montmiral (Midi Pyrenees), showed his technique, abilities and concentration in short matches and high runs.

The Frenchman started his winning streak in the knockout phase against Janis Ziogas 200-73 in six (run 181) and then outplayed his direct competitors Patrick Niessen (200-138 in 3, 132 run), David Jacquet (200-17 in five, run 127) and Raul Cuenca (200-44, 108 run). Therefore Careaux recorded 44.44 average in the knockout.Raul Cuenca ran into one of Careaux’ feared runs (108) in the second inning of the final. The Frenchman showed one of his piercing jumps, took a 129-36 advantage and finished it off with 36. The Spaniard reached the final by wins over Patrick Dupont (200-32 in eight), Marek Faus in the quarterfinals (200-31 in six) and Jean-Francois Florent in the first round (200-43 in 7).

Three of the four players in the semi-final were French. They dominated the tournament from the start and were with eight players in the last sixteen. The Czechs, with Marek Faus, Kozac Adam, Adam Baca and Janis Ziogas in the last sixteen, were knocked down on the final day.Olivier Careaux signed up for the highest run of the tournament: the maximum 150. Careaux received the 2.000 euros main prize, Raul Cuenca was awarded by 1000 euro, the numbers three and four by 600 euros.

Frits Bakker,Kozoom.


                        Olivier Careaux-Patrick Niessen:200-138(3),Quarter final.

                          Olivier Careaux-Raul Cuenca:150-138(3),Group stage.



Μπιλιαρδικά ανέκδοτα.Τρίτο μέρος.

Catherine Heywood

Catherine Heywood

Η Catherine Heywood από τη Φιλαδέλφεια ήταν ίσως η πρώτη γυναίκα που έκανε σερί πάνω από 100 πόντους στο 18.2 το 1915.Είχε δάσκαλο τον Harry Cline,πρώην παγκόσμιο πρωταθλητή στο 18.2.

Πριν περίπου εκατό χρόνια επιτρέπονταν να παίξει κανείς σκόπιμη άμυνα στις τρίσποντες μία φορά.Αν όμως έπαιζε και άλλα σκόπιμα safety έπρεπε να “χαρίσει”μία από τις καραμπόλες του στον αντίπαλο για κάθε safety που έπαιζε!

Το μεγαλύτερο ματς σε διάρκεια στις τρίσποντες έγινε το 1914 μεταξύ του Tom Hueston (πρώην παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής στις τρίσποντες)και του Sam Lazarus.Το ματς παίχτηκε στους 500 πόντους,χωρίς διακοπή και κράτησε 12 ώρες!Ο Lazarus κέρδισε 500-495.

Burglar  Τις περισσότερες ειδήσεις για το μπιλιάρδο στην Αμερική τη δεκαετία του 30 τις είχε η χριστιανική εφημερίδα “Christian Science Monitor”!!

Ο Erich Hagenlacher όταν ήταν παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής γύρισε όλη την Αμερική κάνοντας επιδείξεις.Ένα βράδυ λοιπόν επιστρέφοντας στο σπίτι δέχτηκε επίθεση από διαρήκτες που έτυχε να είναι στο διαμέρισμα.Πάλεψε μαζί τους και τους έτρεψε σε φυγή αλλά αναγκάστηκε να περάσει λίγες μέρες στο νοσοκομείο και να   ακυρώσει κάποιες εμφανίσεις.

Hoppe-Schaefer 1940   Στο παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα τρισπόντων του 1940 ο Willie Hoppe στέφθηκε πρωταθλητής κάνοντας 20 συνεχόμενες νίκες,κερδίζοντας όλους τους αντιπάλους του σε ματς 50 πόντων.Το καλύτερο παιχνίδι του Hoppe ήταν σε 25 στεκιές,το σερί του ήταν 12 πόντοι και μέσος όρος 1.161.Δεύτερος ήταν ο Schaefer με 13 νίκες,7 ήττες,15 σερί(το μεγαλύτερο του τουρνουά)και 0.915 γενικό.Αυτή η εμφάνιση του Hoppe ήταν μία από τις καλύτερες όλων των εποχών.

Helmstetter cues Στο παγκόσμιο τρισπόντων στο Equador το 1982 οι παικτικές συνθήκες ήταν πολύ δύσκολες.Το τουρνουά έγινε σε ένα γυμναστήριο χωρητικότητας 1500 θεατών,ανοιχτό από όλες τις πλευρές με απoτέλεσμα η θερμοκρασία στην αίθουσα αγώνων να φτάσει τους 35 βαθμούς με πάνω από 50% υγρασία!Επίσης ο θόρυβος από την κίνηση στους δρόμους επηρέαζε τη συγκέντρωση των παικτών.Άλλο ένα χαρακτηριστικό ήταν ότι από τους δώδεκα συμμετέχοντες οι δέκα έπαιζαν με στέκες Helmstetter(τον μετέπειτα συνεργάτη του David Forman στην Ιαπωνία με τις στέκες Adam)και μόνο οι δύο αμερικανοί Hallon και Torres έπαιζαν με Schuler.Νικητής αναδείχθηκε ο Rini Van Bracht με 1.043 γενικό και 15 σερί.

cigarettes Γνωστή μάρκα τσιγάρων στην Αμερική έγραφε το εξής σλόγκαν στις διαφημίσεις της”Τα τσιγάρα που προτιμά ο Willie Hoppe”.Είναι όμως σε όλους γνωστό ότι ο Hoppe δεν κάπνιζε!


Frances Anderson

Frances Anderson

Το 1890 στην Αμερική η Frances Anderson αυτοανακηρύχθηκε παγκόσμια πρωταθλήτρια στο μπιλιάρδο και πρόσφερε 5000 δολάρια σε όποια γυναίκα μπορούσε να την κερδίσει.Πράγματι η Frances Anderson έμεινε αήττητη για περίπου 25 χρόνια.Η προσωπική της ζωή ήταν ένα μυστήριο για όλους.Τελικά αυτοκτόνησε σε ένα δωμάτο ξενοδοχείου το 1928.Μόνο τότε διαπίστωσαν πως ήταν άντρας και το πραγματικό του όνομα ήταν Orie Anderson και η οικογένειά του τον έψαχνε τριάντα χρόνια!


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Hoppe,Schaefer 28.2(71/2),world title match 1937.



Balkline 28.2For the first time in four years the world’s most famous billiard players Willie Hoppe and Jake Schaefer will meet in a championship match,which opens in Auditorium Recital hall tonight.A new title will be at stake,the world’s 28.2 balkline crown.Hoppe and Schaefer will play for 2500 points.These points must be made in the ten sessions of the match,250 points constituting a block.

It is a complicated game,best described by calling it the most open of alljake scaefer billiard competition.It offers an opportunity to bring in to play every shot known in billiards.Rules for the game call for a line to be drawn vertically from spot to spot and cross lines from side to side through each of the two spots.Four anchors six inches square,are inserted at the base of each sideline.Thus there are four areas of 28 inches,plus the anchors and a player is permitted to make no more than two caroms in any of the restricted areas without driving one of the balls over a balk or anchor line.

Schaefer was the first of the two great players to take a fancy to the game and three months ago challenged Hoppe for a match.Hoppe then gave it a trial and like Schaefer came to an immediate conclusion that from a spectacular viewpoint it would be the most thrilling of all billiard games.Both have been practicing for two months.Schaefer is credited with a practice run of 173 points and Hoppe with an unfinished run of 128 points.The game has possibilities of developing considerable international competition and is the most popular of all billiard games played in the largest cities of Europe.

Source:Chicago Daily Tribune 1937


The 28.2 balkline was an American variation of cadre 71/2(six blocks)and the lines were drawn so as to produce only four blocks.
Schaefer beat Hoppe for 1937 title 2500-2162.The match went 136 innings with victor’s grand average being 18.38 and 15.89 for Hoppe.High runs:Schaefer 99,Hoppe 100.
Schaefer retained 28.2 title for 1938 beating Cochran 3500-2676.This title was the end for all balkline games in America.(New York Times 1938,American Billiard Association Handbook)




Emile Wafflard.The aesthetic champion


Billiards-Champion-Emile-WafflardEmile was born in Brussels in 1927.He was a student of Belgian professional player Marcel Van Leemput(who was student of Horemans)and a follower of the aesthetic billiard.This is the reason that didn’t like the free game and three cushion.For him the cadre was the pinnacle of billiard games.When he played free game intentionally didn’t use the americain although he mastered it.According to his philossphy the repetition of the position was tiring for the viewers.

His first european title was in one cushion,Lissabon 1956.The average was 4,52 and the high run 38 points.In the 50’s he was the best player in the world in all Cadre disciplines with “professional”averages.From 1957 to 1960 won eight european championships(4×71/2,3×47/2,47/1).In 1959 in Berlin he became for the first time world champion in Cadre 71/2.The final game against Walter Lutgehetman evolved to a thriller but Wafflard managed to win 300-250 in four innings with a run of 154 points.In 1960 he decided to become professional player and joined several times in the Conti Academy in Paris.This lasted ten years.

Wafflard,CaudronHe returned to amateur status(the boundaries between professional players and amateurs had been practically abolished)and got his last 47/2 european title in Nice 1971,with the unreal average of 101,24.Because in the 60’s he didn’t play billiard,didn’t collect as many titles as his countrymen Ceulemans and Dielis.Wafflard was also 18 times Belgian champion.Here are some of his records in Belgian championship:Cadre 47/2-142,85(1972),Cadre 47/1-44,11(1970),Cadre 71/2-54,38(1976),One cushion-15,88(1972).After his great successes,he became a youth coach and among his most diligent students were Frederic Caudron,Patrick Niessen,Eddy Leppens,Peter De Backer and Philippe Deraes.He died of a cardiac arrest in 1994.




Harold Worst



Harold Worst

Worst was born on Sept.29,1929,in Grand Rapids,Mich. He was the son of Harry J. and Lavina Worst, both devout Reform Christians. His father did not play pool competitively, although the Worsts had pool and ping-pong tables in the basement of their Grand Rapids home.Young Harold attended Grand Rapids Creston High School, was a regular at Alger Park Christian Reform Church. He held two jobs early in life: He sold advertising space for the local newspaper, and shoes for his dad.

At about 17 he began to study pool on his table at home.Worst’s first billiards tutor was Walter Brundage.He also learned from oilman Joe “Red” McDevitt,a respected amateur champ who came to Grand Rapids from Ohio in 1946. McDivitt spent several days each week teaching the young prodigy angles and shots.Worst was a quick learner,smiled easily,was friendly(although he never suffered fools) and soon soon outstripped McDevitt,his teacher.

harold worst 1960

“Joe taught me the fundamentals,”Worst said in a February 1950 newspaper article. “Billiards requires concentration more than anything else. Certainly a good pair of eyes and fairly strong wrists are important, but it’s the concentration the problem that counts”. If it was from a respected amateur that Harold learned the fundamentals, then it was from the nation’s finest-ever billiards pro that he received his graduate training.Willie Hoppe, considered by many as the finest cueist this nation has ever produced, befriended Worst in 1949.This happened by way of Roy Deak “The Deacon” Nichols,who managed Chinnick’s poolroom, and who was known for spotting and cultivating top-notch talent.According to The Grand Rapids Press, The Deacon contacted Brunswick-Balke, which then sponsored Hoppe and other pool and billiard stars in exhibition tours. As a result of The Deacon’s intercession and a last-minute cancellation of another player, Brunswick-Balke agreed to pit Worst against Hoppe in a Detroit exhibition. Although Worst got beat (by just one point), the event nonetheless cemented his reputation as a world-class contender. The event also became the glue that sealed his lifelong friendship with Hoppe.In 1949, according to The Grand Rapids Press, “Worst had followed in Hoppe’s steps as a ‘boy wonder,’ having set a record for youth when at the age of 21 he became the youngest player in history to qualify for world championship play.” He placed second in that year’s national tournament and then fourth in the world meet.



Then came 1950 – November – when Worst’s fortunes shifted in two particularly dramatic ways. First off,he got married. Secondly,he got drafted.Harold shipped out with the army’s 244th Ordnance depot company, served basic training in Indianapolis,and then got briefly stationed at Camp Atterbury,Ind.He managed to snag a quick furlough to play in that year’s national tournament, where he placed second (with a 7-2 record) after Mexico’s Joe Chamaco. Hoppe, forever in Harold’s corner, predicted afterwards that the new boy wonder would emerge as “the next world champion, providing he can practice as much with a cue as he can with a rifle.” Worst then spent nine months in Korea as a member of the Army graves registration unit,an assignment that forever depressed him.”He had to identify the bodies, and sometimes the whole body wasn’t there, or he would have to find the leg, or an arm, or whatever, before they could ship the body home,” said Tena Worst. “He had to put them in bags and identify them. It’s no wonder that half those men go crazy. You had to have a lot of a faith, and his faith helped him in that. It’s not a pleasant thing”.Mercifully, Worst later won a transfer to a special services unit, in which he was called upon to give pool lessons and perform exhibitions at military recreation centers. He got discharged in November 1952, and returned to world competition five months later.

San Francisco’s Ray Kilgore won the 1953 world billiards championship, held that April in Chicago. It would be the last such world championship in Harold’s life in which Worst himself did not end up on top.Stripped across the front page of the Oct. 26, 1954, edition of The Grand Rapids Press reads this headline: “Worst Brings City Second World Title.” (The first was from bowler Marion Ladewig).The story tells of Worst’s journey to Buenos Aires, his overall 8-2 record in the tournament, his victory over reigning champion Kilgore (the score was 60-45), and his victory on Oct. 25 over Argentina’s Ezequiel Navarra, 60-43, in the final game. Argentina sponsored the world competition as part of a grand sports carnival at the Luna Park stadium, capacity of 25,000.Harold Worst’s triumph Monday marked the climax of a meteoric 10 year rise.Navarra was a favorite with the local mobsters, and that those mobsters had lost thousands of dollars in wagers with his loss. Worst said he even refused a $15,000 bribe to dump a challenge match that the locals wanted to mount immediately following the tournament.A cordon of 25 policemen was needed to escort Worst through the angry crowd. And shortly afterwards, on the very evening of that unwanted world championship, the American billiards ace dined with Juan Peron and his wife, Evita.”Leave the country,” Juan Peron reportedly said. “Vayanse manana. Go tomorrow.Don’t wait”.The billiard star did not need to be told twice. The very next morning he gathered up his belongings and caught the first flight out to New York.

Twelve years later,in 1965, he conquered the world of pocket billiards with victories at the Las Vegas Stardust tournament in June,and in Johnston City in October and November.He died of cancer a year later.He was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame in 1970.

Billiards Digest.


French national tournament 47/2


Legros,Castaner 2015


Το τελευταίο τουρνουά της σεζόν στη Γαλλία στο 47/2 τελείωσε με τη νίκη του Benoit Legros επί του Eric Castaner στον τελικό στην παράταση μετά από ισόπαλο ματς 250-250(5).Ο Castaner έκανε ένα εκπληκτικό τουρνουά με δύο νίκες στο αρχικό πουλ και 500 πόντους σε 2 στεκιές.Στα προημιτελικά και ημιτελικά κέρδισε στην παράταση τους Florent και Djoubri αντίστοιχα μετά από ισόπαλα ματς 250-250(5).Ο Nicolas Gerassimopoulos έκανε ένα πολύ καλό τουρνουά με δύο νίκες στο αρχικό πουλ επί του Petit και Zoppi αλλά αποκλείστηκε στα προημιτελικά από τον Dessaint.Εδώ μπορείτε να κατεβάσετε το VIDEO με τη νίκη του επί του Petit 250-140(8) με 185 σερί.Παρακολούθησα όλο το τουρνουά και αυτό που εντυπωσιάζει είναι η μηδενική σκοπιμότητα που έχουν αυτοί οι παίκτες στο παιχνίδι τους.Δεν τους ενδιαφέρει αν κερδίσουν η χάσουν αλλά το να παίξουν όσο το δυνατόν καλύτερα και να κάνουν ένα καλό μέσο όρο.Αναρωτιόμουν αν ο Έλληνας παίκτης θα αποκτήσει ποτέ αυτή τη συμπεριφορά.Πιστεύω πως αν το καταλάβουμε αυτό θα παίξουμε και καλύτερα.Συζητούσα με κάποιον πριν χρόνια και μου έλεγε το εξής:”Οι Έλληνες δεν παίζουν καλά γιατί δεν είναι καλοί άνθρωποι.Όταν γίνουν καλοί άνθρωποι θα παίξουν και καλύτερα!”.Το αστείο της υπόθεσης είναι πως και καλά να παίξουμε πάλι δεν είμαστε ευχαριστημένοι.Τέλος πάντων.Παρακάτω είναι οι 16 φιναλίστ που προκρίθηκαν για το πρωτάθλημα Γαλλίας(κατηγορία Master)στο 47/2,από τα τουρνουά.

1) Willy Gérimont (Chartres) 201
2) Nicolas Gérassimopoulos (Andernos) 198
3) Brahim Djoubri (Ronchin) 195
4) Benoît Legros (Angers) 144
5) Eric Castaner (Beauvais) 138
6) Olivier Careaux (Soissons) 120 (champion en titre)
7) Pascal Dessaint (Douai) 120
8) Jean-Marc Calvel (Cahors) 102
9) Jean-François Florent (Ronchin) 87
10) Nicolas Charote (Nantes) 87
11) Yannick le Grégam (Nantes) 81
12) David Jacquet (Oissel) 77
13) Johann Petit (Oissel) 77
14) Emmanuel Lefranc (Strasbourg) 72
15) Patrick Dupont (Soissons) 67
16) Fabio Vendittelli (Ecully) 65



Billiard Crossword



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4 Winner of 1966 European 47/1 championship
5 Turkish billiard tables
12 The youngest balkline European champion of all time
13 Kinrey…,Famous Japanese professional balkline player.
15 The”wonder boy”,Famous American player
17 Author of the book”Mister 100″
18 Inventor of cue tip
21 European professional world balkline champion 1928
22 Chicago end…system.Three cushion system
23 Nickname of George Slosson
24 Who is the extraterrestrial?

1 …”Augie” Kieckhefer
2 Greek professional 3 cushion player in 30’s.
3 The player with τhe most wins in World Cups
4 First professional 3 cushion world champion
6 The first world cup winner
7 The point of aiming for draw shot
8 Author of “L’harmonie du Billard”
9 Author of “Le Billard”,1875
10 …Brahim,nickname of Brahim Djoubri
11 …line.The point of aiming at billiards
14 Winner of 1984 European 47/1 championship
16 Alfredo De..Three cushion champion
18 Technical stroke in billiards
19 Teacher of Emile Wafflard
20 Winner of the Porto world cup 2014

I don't know billiard!!!!

I don’t know billiard!!!!

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