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Break Stats -- 2013 U.S. Open 9-Ball, Oct. 2013 - 10-19-2013, 07:57 PM

Here are the aggregate break statistics from 34 of the 36 9-Ball matches streamed by Accu-Stats from the 2013 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Chesapeake, VA. [The two matches I missed were K. Uchigaki d. S. Moore and R. Hundal d. K Bein, both on Day 2.]

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table with pro-cut pockets, Simonis 860 cloth, Diamond wooden rack, Aramith Tournament balls, measles cue ball, winner breaks, breaker racks for himself with the 2-ball at the back of the rack, break from the box (a bit narrower than 2 diamonds wide), a 9-ball made on the break spots up if it went in either of the two foot-rail pockets, no soft breaking (at least 3 balls must pass mid-table or be pocketed), cue-ball fouls only, jump cues are allowed, and all slop counts (except as stated for 9-balls on the break). A 40-sec. shot clock (with one extension per rack) was used on most of the full-production matches beginning with the third match on Wednesday.

The 34 matches (585 games) were as follows:

Sun., Oct. 13 -- S. Frost def. M. McNaughton 11-7, D. Mastermaker d. O. Santiago-Roman 11-3, and E. Moore d. D. Bollman 11-7.

Mon., Oct. 14 -- S. Daulton d. K. West 11-7, B. Tatum d. A. Kielar 11-6, B. Parks d. T. McKinney 11-6, and J. Engel d. R. Vanalla 11-8. [Note: the data below exclude results for the first game of the Parks/McKinney match, when Pat Fleming was trying to demonstrate his new TPA app,]

Tues., Oct 15 -- C. Deuel d. M. Yednak 11-2, W. Kiamco d. M. Immonen 11-10, B. Shuff d. F. Hernandez 11-4, T. Hohmann d. R. Carmona 11-2, R. Lim d. M. Ricciardella 11-2, and L. Kjoersvik d. D. Hughes 11-6.

Wed., Oct 16 -- J. Roberts d. H. Alhouri 11-9, M. Morra d. B. Stottlemyer 11-5, C. Williams d. L. Nevel 11-8, S Van Boening d. O. Al Shaheen 11-5, W. Can d. Y. Akagariyama 11-9, and O. Ortmann d. D. Peach 11-9.

Thurs., Oct 17 -- R. Souquet. d. C. Pike 11-7, C. Deuel d. R. Morris 11-8, J. Archer d. J. Klatt 11-5, C. Melling d. K. Boyes 11-5, N. Feijen d. D. Appleton 11-2, and H. Hijikata d. E. Strickland 11-7.

Fri., Oct 18 -- J. Shaw d. J. Archer 11-8, L. Vann Corteza d. H. Hijikata 11-1, K. Boyes d. C. Deuel 11-2, N. Feijen d. N. Ekonomopoulos 11-9, S. Van Boening d. C. Melling 11-6, and N. Feijen d. C. Melling 11-9.

Sat., Oct 19 -- S. Van Boening d. J. Shaw 11-5, L. Vann Corteza d. J. Shaw 12-10, and S. Van Boening d. L. Vann Corteza 13-10.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 63% of the time (370 of 585), won 56% of the games (326 of 585), and broke and ran 21% of the games (124 of 585).

Here's a little more detailed breakdown of the 585 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:
  • Breaker won the game: 241 (41% of the 585 games)
  • Breaker lost the game: 129 (22%)

Breaker fouled on the break:
  • Breaker won the game: 9 (2%)
  • Breaker lost the game: 24 (4%)

Breaker broke dry (without fouling):
  • Breaker won the game: 76 (13%)
  • Breaker lost the game: 106 (18%)

Therefore, whereas the breaker won 56% (326) of all 585 games,
  • He won 65% (241 of 370) of the games in which he made at least one ball on the break and did not foul.
  • He won 27% (9 of 33) of the games in which he fouled on the break.
  • He won 42% (76 of 182) of the games in which he broke dry but did not foul.
  • He won 40% (85 of 215) of the games in which he either fouled on the break or broke dry without fouling.

9-balls on the break:
The 124 break-and-run games included just 3 9-balls on the break (0.5% of the 585 breaks). In addition, 18 9-balls (3.1% of the breaks) were made that went in one of the two bottom pockets and had to be spotted rather than counting as wins.
  
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10-19-2013, 07:58 PM

Here's a day-by-day listing of the key results that were summarized in post #1. Notice the improvement in the numbers as the week progressed.

Breaker made at least one ball on the break and did not foul:
Day 1 -- 28 of 50 (56%)
Day 2 -- 36 of 70 (51%)
Day 3 -- 54 of 92 (59%)
Day 4 -- 67 of 111 (60%)
Day 5 -- 66 of 100 (66%)
Day 6 -- 71 of 101 (70%)
Day 7 -- 48 of 61 (79%)
7-Day Total -- 370 of 585 (63%)

Breaker won the game:
Day 1 -- 23 of 50 (46%)
Day 2 -- 36 of 70 (51%)
Day 3 -- 52 of 92 (57%)
Day 4 -- 62 of 111 (56%)
Day 5 -- 55 of 100 (55%)
Day 6 -- 60 of 101 (59%)
Day 7 -- 38 of 61 (62%)
7-Day Total -- 326 of 585 (56%)

Break-and-run games:
Day 1 -- 2 of 50 (4%)
Day 2 -- 5 of 70 (7%)
Day 3 -- 17 of 92 (18%)
Day 4 -- 25 of 111 (23%)
Day 5 -- 23 of 100 (23%)
Day 6 -- 31 of 101 (31%)
Day 7 -- 21 of 61 (34%)
7-Day Total -- 124 of 585 (21%)
  
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10-19-2013, 07:59 PM

I knew this was coming...

And I wanted to be 1st to say thank you, AtLarge, for being our terrific resident statistician.

Now let me read all about it.

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10-20-2013, 09:00 AM

The best results for the breaker were on the last day....

...hmm...adrenalin flowing....and thinning the herd...

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10-20-2013, 09:02 AM

So it seems that the difference between a shortstop and a professional player is in the breaks.

They can't beat you if you are running out too.
  
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10-20-2013, 09:05 AM

Thanks very much for this great information.... Everybody needs to practice the Break Shot, but very few will take the time.




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10-20-2013, 12:59 PM

The 34 matches covered in post #1 involved 52 different players. Shane appeared in 4 of the 34 matches. Here's how he did compared to the other 51 players combined.

Made at least one ball on the break and did not foul:
  • Shane -- 82% (37 of 45)
  • Other 51 players -- 62% (333 of 540)
  • Total -- 63% (370 of 585)

Won the game when breaking:
  • Shane -- 71% (32 of 45)
  • Other 51 players -- 54% (294 of 540)
  • Total -- 56% (326 of 585)

Break-and-run games:
  • Shane -- 36% (16 of 45)
  • Other 51 players -- 20% (108 of 540)
  • Total -- 21% (124 of 585)

So, Shane's break results were quite a bit better than the combined results for the other players in the streamed matches.

However, ... see next post.

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10-20-2013, 01:33 PM

Shane played in 4 streamed matches (out of his total of 8 matches). The players who finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and one of the players who finished 5th, each played in 3 streamed matches. Here is how the break results compared for those 5 players.

Made at least one ball on the break and did not foul:
  • Van Boening -- 82% (37 of 45)
  • Vann Corteza -- 72% (23 of 32)
  • Shaw -- 81% (21 of 26)
  • Feijen -- 66% (21 of 32)
  • Melling -- 76% (19 of 25)
  • Total excl. Van Boening -- 73% (84 of 115)

Won the game when breaking:
  • Van Boening -- 71% (32 of 45)
  • Vann Corteza -- 69% (22 of 32)
  • Shaw -- 62% (16 of 26)
  • Feijen -- 66% (21 of 32)
  • Melling -- 52% (13 of 25)
  • Total excl. Van Boening -- 63% (72 of 115)

Break-and-run games:
  • Van Boening -- 36% (16 of 45)
  • Vann Corteza -- 38% (12 of 32)
  • Shaw -- 42% (11 of 26)
  • Feijen -- 31% (10 of 32)
  • Melling -- 28% (7 of 25)
  • Total excl. Van Boening -- 35% (40 of 115)

So, whereas Shane's break results were a lot better than those for the rest of the streamed players combined (see my last post in this thread), the other top finishers' results were much closer to Shane's (not an unexpected result).
  
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10-20-2013, 01:56 PM

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The 34 matches covered in post #1 involved 52 different players. Shane appeared in 4 of the 34 matches. Here's how he did compared to the other 51 players combined.

Made at least one ball on the break and did not foul:
  • Shane -- 82% (37 of 45)
  • Other 51 players -- 62% (333 of 540)
  • Total -- 63% (370 of 585)

Won the game when breaking:
  • Shane -- 71% (32 of 45)
  • Other 51 players -- 54% (294 of 540)
  • Total -- 56% (326 of 585)

Break-and-run games:
  • Shane -- 36% (16 of 45)
  • Other 51 players -- 20% (108 of 540)
  • Total -- 21% (124 of 585)

So, Shane's break results were quite a bit better than the combined results for the other players in the streamed matches.

However, ... see next post.
These figures make Shane look like a fox in a chicken coop.
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10-20-2013, 02:00 PM

Presuming that the player who won each match was the better player in that match and that the winner of each match broke approximately 65% of the time , I think that except for the best players mentioned it was a significant disadvantage to be breaking.
  
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10-20-2013, 02:08 PM

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These figures make Shane look like a fox in a chicken coop.
Very impressive
Definitely, he's got that break working for him.

What percentage would you think, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, would you say the break is in 9-ball? Just curious.

By these stats, it would appear that the break is definitely a statistical significant factor in winning, but what percent, I wonder.


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10-20-2013, 02:31 PM

Great job with the stats again - Thanks AtLarge!

I seem to be one of the few that take an opposite view of the results - that the break is important but that most of us should NOT be going out and trying to become a world class breaker. For the vast majority of people out there it's almost a waste of time.

- 56% of the games were won when they were breaking.
- The best players in the world are only breaking and running 21% of the time. The best player in the world only broke and ran 36% of the time.

I'm not saying these averages aren't impressive, I think they played great.

I think the value in these statistics is that they clearly dispel common myths (like 9-ball is simply a runout derby from the person that breaks - 20% is hardly overwhelming). And the myth that you should practice your break to get as good as Shane. That's only true after you're able to consistently run out the table under pressure, which well over 90% of the people out there cannot do.
  
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10-20-2013, 02:38 PM

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Shane played in 4 streamed matches (out of his total of 8 matches). The players who finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and one of the players who finished 5th, each played in 3 streamed matches. Here is how the break results compared for those 5 players.

Made at least one ball on the break and did not foul:
  • Van Boening -- 82% (37 of 45)
  • Vann Corteza -- 72% (23 of 32)
  • Shaw -- 81% (21 of 26)
  • Feijen -- 66% (21 of 32)
  • Melling -- 76% (19 of 25)
  • Total excl. Van Boening -- 73% (84 of 115)

Won the game when breaking:
  • Van Boening -- 71% (32 of 45)
  • Vann Corteza -- 69% (22 of 32)
  • Shaw -- 62% (16 of 26)
  • Feijen -- 66% (21 of 32)
  • Melling -- 52% (13 of 25)
  • Total excl. Van Boening -- 63% (72 of 115)

Break-and-run games:
  • Van Boening -- 36% (16 of 45)
  • Vann Corteza -- 38% (12 of 32)
  • Shaw -- 42% (11 of 26)
  • Feijen -- 31% (10 of 32)
  • Melling -- 28% (7 of 25)
  • Total excl. Van Boening -- 35% (40 of 115)

So, whereas Shane's break results were a lot better than those for the rest of the streamed players combined (see my last post in this thread), the other top finishers' results were much closer to Shane's (not an unexpected result).
Now, can you compare Shane's stats to last years when he won? Reguardless of who he was playing, the stats for Shane only speaks for Shane, last year and this year. Did he improve over last years win, or play the same?

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10-20-2013, 02:47 PM

BNR rates on day 1 & 2 is only 3% and 7%?

2-50 on day 1??

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So it seems that the difference between a shortstop and a professional player is in the breaks.

They can't beat you if you are running out too.
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