Shuff takes two out of three over Haas to claim MD State 9-Ball Open Championship


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Pool careers have a way of coming in waves that vary in both tempo and strength. Sometimes they’ll lap into shore without a lot of height (measured in cash rewards), but a dependable consistency. At other times, they’ll come crashing in with tremendous height and force, only to be followed in smaller increments until the next ‘big one’ comes along. For further information, see “Shuff, Brandon” from Maryland, whose largest and most consistent series of strong ‘waves’ reached shore in 2012. The biggest ‘wave’ of that year (single payout) came as a result of his presence on the USA’s Mosconi Cup team, which lost to Team Europe 11-9 on the last day of competition. He also chalked up a series of wins (3) on the Action Pool Tour, one on the Fast Eddie’s Tour in Texas and a variety of top-five finishes at events from coast to coast (16 in all, of 25 cash-carrying events for him that year). It became his best (recorded) earnings year, to date, since he first showed up and cashed on the Planet Pool Tour, almost 20 years ago in 2004.

Shuff’s had a couple of low-height (financially), though strong (strength of field) waves reach shore this year. He finished 35th and 59th in the Derby City Classic’s Banks and 9-Ball divisions, respectively, in January. This past weekend (April 1-2), he advanced to the hot seat, lost the opening match of a double-elimination final to Thomas Haas and then defeated him in a second set to claim the MD State Open 9-Ball Championship title. The event, held under the auspices of On The Hill Productions drew 75 entrants to Brew & Cues on the Boulevard in Glen Burnie, MD.

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