Originally Posted by MJB
Do you know why Allen chose to go non-BCA now? I recall an interview posted on AZ a while back with Johnny Archer discussing the ABP and BCA, and some friction between the recognized points events(?) Was that a factor?
Whatever the reason, it'll be unfortunate if some pros skip this one that would have played otherwise.
I love your avatar. That is the cutest one I have seen in a long while.
One thing about Allen Hopkins is that he is always for the player first, and if something doesn't work well, he has no problem changing it to a better fit the next time. That's what I like about him.
One year at the Pro-Am event, at the last minute, Allen added $8,000 more to the total purse, just out of the blue. Shannon snatched the win and the most beautiful trophy I've ever seen. I still long for that doggone trophy, but it just wasn't in the stars for my horse that year.
What separates Allen Hopkins from the rest is that he actually still competes. Well, now that I think about it, Mike Zuglan does too, but only in Joss tournaments. Allen likes to travel and play pool. He truly loves playing the game and still gets a thrill when he's hiitting them well. One of the best finals I've ever witnessed on the tournament trail was Allen versus Ginky in the finals. I swear neither one of them made an error. It came down to the breaks. Allen with that punch stroke of his and Ginky with his long stroke. It was poetry in motion. You could drop a pin in the room, it was so quiet. Everybody was in the zone and appreciated seeing pool at its finest.
Allen Hopkins and James Tolkin at Joss Turning Stone event in 2003.