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New Wednesday 8-Ball League
Jan 17, 2018, 1:23 am

It's Official - Down Lo Wednesday Night 8-Ball Money League is ON - Starting February 7th!

After talking with the Down Lo, as well as Meredith, Chuck, Chris Singleton, and Kevin Cibart, we are all good and ready to start a new big money league on Wednesday nights at the Down Lo! Games are looking to start on February 7th, 7:00pm. We'll have a pre-season free pick-up and registration night and tournament(?) on the week before - January 31st, 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Again, the league will be strongly based on the very successful Summer League they ran at the Down Lo last year. Here are some of the highlights and brief notes (subject to change with league player votes):

  • Yes, players will be able to vote and decide on the league formats and particulars!
  • Money: Lots of it. 100% of the entry and green fees will go into the pot and out to the winning teams. Complete transparency, made possible only by the time volunteered by our league directors. This is YOUR league – YOUR money! If we have 10 teams (18 weeks), and with the generous donations added to the pot by some players and businesses, we should easily be able to have a $5000 prize pot. With that, historically this league has paid out 50% of that for 1st place (that's $2500!), 35% for 2nd place (a nice $1750!), and 15% for 3rd place (a very decent $750!). These percentages could change by vote, as well as possibly paying out to 5th place. But it will still be a significant increase in payouts. The goal is to double the other Wednesday night league amounts (which were for this past season at Oasis: 1st - $1100, 2nd - $650, 3rd - $450  ($2200 total pot for the 3 teams))
  • No trophies, no prizes, no parties, no additional fees for unnecessary or non-existent league equipment or salaries - volunteers only.
  • Chris Singleton’s user-friendly, and plain awesome, website will be used for stats and standings just like Summer 2017 – preview it here:
  • Teams (again) will be based on 4 or 5 (maybe 6) members. 4 players will play per night, 3 games in a row each (just like CMPL format). This allows players to leave very early in the night, if desired, when shooting early. A scotch doubles single tie breaker game will occur half-way through the night.
  • $25 entry fee per player, $5 weekly green fee when you play a match
  • Substitutions will be regulated and counted, with clear rules on who or when a sub can or cannot play.
  • Co-ed league - all abilities welcome, but with the money involved, the competition should be above average to excellent. Most, if not all, CMPL and CWPL players should be comfortable, but definitely challenged. Essentially what you would expect for a $5000 prize pot league.    
  • Handicapping: Briefly, the league directors will all collectively rank players based on skill and league history (AA through C). Handicapping will primarily be awarded in points rather than ball movement, a single handicap will be the goal - NOT double handicapping (not points in addition to break and ball in hand, or last pocket, for example). These details still need to be worked out, but rest assured they will be treated fairly and consistently. Players will not go on for months at the wrong ranking. No more than 2 AA players can play in one night.
  • Re-felted tables are coming very soon to the Down Lo! We'll start on the blue tables and possibly adjust as tables are finished mid-season.
  • With 10 teams (for example), we'll have 18 weeks (skipping Valentine's night) of regular season, and 2 weeks of playoffs. That would end everything by June 27th, just a week or two past the CMPL and CWPL Pool Party on June 16th. The similar summer league would start right after that.
  • The league rules from last summer can be found HERE - the website is still up from last summer.

So that's the deal. We are all really excited to get this new league (or at least the new season, new night, new location) underway. You should be able to see the difference as we are all looking to do this together - the Down Lo and the League Directors - for the benefit of all Chico area pool players. Get your team together NOW and let one of us know as soon as possible to save a spot for you – 10, MAYBE 12, teams maximum. 'Free agents' and singles without a team should contact us as well - we should be able to find a team for you. If you're still team-less, definitely make it to the registration night and we'll see what we can do!

Again, any suggestions or ideas will be greatly appreciated - it's YOUR league, YOUR money!

Watch the Facebook ‘Chico Area Pool Players’ page for updated info, or for making contact with us. Click HERE to go to the Facebook site. 

Scott - (530) 966-5632

Meredith - (530) 966-0843

or Chris S., Chuck, Kevin, Kelly, Down Lo, etc.



ALMOST back to 100%
Jan 17, 2018, 1:21 am

The website is back up to date (almost). Still waiting for the Bulldogs home scoresheet for their hosted match against the Dragons from January 4th.

The top of the team leaderboard looks about the same - Outlaws on top with 127 points (but they haven't had their bye week yet), Original O's in 2nd place with 123 points, and the Playa's with 113 points. They both have had their bye weeks already. Depending on their missing score sheet, the Bulldogs could move into 3rd with a big point total from January 4th.

The Top Shooter list sees Tommy Reynolds and Dave Beck of the Oasis Original O's in the #1 and #2 spot, respectively. Tommy is shooting a blistering 85.7%, Dave Beck 81.5%. The two others over 80% are Dennis Bruch at 81% and Kenny Duff at 80%. Kevin Cibart is right behind those 4, sitting at #5 with a 79.2% record. Again, Dennis' percentage could be higher or lower with that missing score sheet.

Mike Karol had an 8-ball Break and Run in his match versus Duffy's on January 11th.

The Stickmen are on their bye week this week - they'll be getting their two teams ready for the new Wednesday Down Lo league - Wheeze's Wheezels and Wendy's Bitches. That means there are only 8 other team spots open! Rumor has it 'I Cue' has a squad ready to go. Get your team (or teams) of 4 or 5 players info to me asap, and win some BIG money (see the next email or the home page above.). Don’t have a team, or maybe you hate the one you’re on? Not a problem – let us know and we can get you on our free agent list and match you up with a team.

...and don't forget the All City Tournament at the Down Lo on Saturday, Jan. 27th. Starting at 2:00pm. Limited to the first 64 players - I've already got the first 10 or so signed up, so contact me or Meredith ASAP to pay the $10 entry to hold your spot. With entry fees and Down Lo's generous pot-matching, the winner will take home $500 cash!

Watch for the tournament fliers and postings - it's a busy end of the month for pool players!

Good luck!


Happy Holidays Update
Jan 2, 2018, 1:13 am

Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas break!

The website is up to date - all team standings and individual stats should be entered and current. We're getting pretty close to the halfway point. The Outlaws broke the 100 point mark in team wins already - the Original O's are right behind them, and the O's have already had their bye week. The Playa's, Bulldogs, and Dragons round out the top 5. 

Jeff Jacobsen of the Playa's sits atop the Top Shooter list, but is technically one night short of the 75% requirement - but it's still way early. Dave Beck and Micah sit two and three officially. Tommy is 4th, but also one night short. Kenny sits 5th and has played all matches possible.

The score sheets show that half the teams won, the other half lost. No real big blow outs or upsets for that matter. One thing to note for sure, in fact, I don't remember seeing it happen before: Chris Singleton of the Eagles had a good night against the Dragons, and a quick one. He had the break advantage against Sid and took full advantage of the opportunity. The first game he broke and ran all eight balls. Second game, Sid beat him. So in the third game Chris broke and ran - again. Twice in one night! I'm still waiting to see the 5 minute match - both players breaking and running all 3 games! Someday, but so far that's as close as we've gotten. Sorry for the bad luck, Sid. Not much you can do there!

So back at it this Thursday. The Duffy's crew has the week off to do whatever they do on their off nights - most things we probably don't want to know. Good luck everyone else. 

If you haven't already, mark your calendars. The All-City Memorial Tournament is coming soon. Saturday, January 27th - 1:00pm, Down Lo. Big cash prizes, the best players around, 50/50 raffle - first 64 players only. Once Meredith and I give the word, we'll start taking sign-ups. Don't delay - it WILL fill up!

Happy New Year!



Dec 14, 2017, 12:50 pm

Hello, some of you may remember me. My name is Scott. I used to run the Chico Men’s Pool League on a much more constant basis, but recently work/kids/life made things busier than normal and the constant attention to the league website suffered. But, alas, I've got a breather and everything is up to date. If you only read one thing beyond this point, be sure to see below (in red) for an important schedule announcement.

First, one point I'm really embarassed as to not addressing earlier in a more timely manner. Unfortunately, we have another CMPL player we need to honor and remember at the Memorial Tournament in January. Sadly, Lee Taylor (Izzy's father), passed away on November 1st of this year. A long-time member of the pool community, I think everyone that knew him has at least a handful of great memories of him. For me, that infectious laugh and accompanying smile was unmistakable - "Lee's here!" was said soon after. We all, this tight pool community, feel for Izzy and his family - way beyond billiards. I know it's been a little while, but if you haven't already, say a prayer for the Taylors. RIP, Lee.

Izzy, Rose, and Lee


I finally got all the score sheets in. Everyone's paid (except for a few - you know who you are!). The website is 100% up to date, as far as I know. Let me know if I missed something - better now than later. 

I obviously haven't been able to do weekly reports/updates/commentary on the matches due to the aforementioned reasons, but I'll try my best here on out - as long as the sheets are submitted timely. We seem to have taken a step back - last year was near perfect, this year - not perfect. Captains, PLEASE, for everyone, and me, submit your scoresheets. Again, literally 5 seconds is all it takes.

We are just about 1/4 of the way through the season. Half of the teams have had their 1st bye week, so the standings are a little skewed. Some have gotten their 'zero' weeks, some haven't yet. But as it stands The Outlaws are on top, 4 points ahead of the Playa's. Both haven't had their bye weeks yet, but they are pretty comfortably ahead of 3rd place Bulldogs, who had their bye week already. At the bottom of the pile is the Stickmen and Rack Pack. But the Stickmen haven't had their zero bye week yet, so the Rack Pack should surpass them shortly and leave them in the basement. Everyone else is in the middle of the pack. Remember the top 8 make the playoffs. It is early, so anything can still happen. 

As far as Top Shooters go, I'll have that page updated shortly now that we are starting to establish 'real' top shooters with a quarter of the season under their belts. As it stands right now, Jeff Jacobsen of the Playa's is leading the pack with 91.7% (12 matches played/4 nights), there is a 3-way tie for 2nd - Mike Daniels of the Eagles, Micah Comfort of the Dragons, and Dave Beck of the Original O's all have 80% (15 matches played/5 nights). Larry Hiller (Playa's) and Kenny Duff (Outlaws) have played in all 6 nights (18 matches) and have a 77.8% win percentage, good for a tie for 3rd currently. We've had only 2 confirmed/recorded break-and-runs - Aaron Rooney (Original O's) and Walter Dorsey (Playa's). Wheeze thinks he had one, but he and the rest of the team were too intoxicated to remember or watch the match.

I have to mention this at least once a year, especially for the new players, here's how to see everyone on the statistics page, instead of the first 100 on page 1, the rest on page 2:

1. Trust me. This is the way you have to do it – step by step.

2. Click on statistics

3. Click on team filter. Select any team.

4. After that team loads, click on filter again and select 'all teams' at the top.

5. All 136 players will be on one page and can be sorted by clicking once or twice the column header you want to sort them by (Winning percentage, run outs, beer frame wins, etc.)

6. Sorry for the work around - just a website limitation. Save these instructions somewhere, or refer to them on the home page in the upper right hand side in the 'President's Corner' box.

There is an error, I think, in the schedule. For some reason I omitted December 21st thinking that was Christmas week somehow (don't ask me why), when actually December 28th is Christmas week, and there are games scheduled that night. So I'll talk to the captains tonight, as many as possible, and see if we want to leave it as is, or move the 28th's games to the 21st, and have Christmas week off. Stay tuned.

Ok, I think that's it for now. Again, thanks for your patience. I'll try to do better. Have a good week - good luck. Except for the Damned - they are on their bye week.


Ready, set, go!
Oct 23, 2017, 2:11 pm

Schedule is up online, on paper, and in the binders. I just need to add one more thing to binders and then I'll drop them off at the Oasis for pickup - by 5:00pm today.



Welcome to the 20187-2018 Season!
Oct 19, 2017, 5:34 pm

Okay, bit by bit I'm getting things set for the new season. The first games will be on Thursday, October 26th (except for the Dragons - the computer picked you to have the first bye week of the season - more practice time!).

Here's what's been done so far for the new season:

  • Schedule has been posted on the website! (click on 'Game Schedule' to the left). Once on the schedule page, you can filter just your team, or any team, and you can sort it from either past games or future games first. The schedule repeats itself for the second-half of the season, just at the opposite bar.
  • Tackle Box is back, the Rack Pack is on the move again - now at the Down Lo, and Paul Thurman has his 'I Cue' team at the Down Lo as well
  • Beer frame and top shooter pages are reset
  • Team payments have been received from Duffy's, I Cue, Playa's, and the Dragons - thank you! All the rest are due the 1st or 2nd night. After that, late penalties ($28 each player as compared to $20 for on-time players). As players are paid for, their names will start appearing under their team roster - click on 'Teams & Standings' tab, then click on the team name to see the paid roster list. Not there = not paid, so talk to your captain if you should be listed.

Coming soon, next on the list:

  • Update/modify/clarify rules from changes at the Captain's Meeting (concession of game vs forfeiting game, etc.)
  • Then, upload rules to 'Downloads' section of website, as well as run-off paper copies for the captains
  • Binders - fill with score sheets, rules, schedules, rosters, etc. and leave at Oasis to be picked up by the captains - hopefully by Monday, October 23rd
  • Post schedule at Oasis and other bars
  • Is that it?

So bottom line - pool starts on Thursday October 26th - check the schedule online to see where you should be. Be sure to pay your captain so he can pay me the ridiculously low price of just $20, not the crazy $28 each. Captains: Talk to your bar owners/managers and collect the $40 sponsorship fee during the first 2 weeks as well.

If you think of anything else, or if you have any questions, let me know - (530) 966-5632 or

Good luck this season!


CMPL 2017-2018
Sep 16, 2017, 1:03 am


We've added at least one new team - Captain Kim Jong-un and his six generals. According to DPRK press releases, the 'Ballistic Bitches' are the bomb and not to be messed with. Get your passports in order.


Dang, that was another fast Summer. School has started, football has kicked off, hockey is just around the corner, Costco has Christmas decorations out - it must be time for Chico Mens Pool League 2017-2018!


It's time to start things off with the annual Captain's Meeting, our always fun meeting to discuss issues and fixes for the upcoming season. It will happen a week later this year due to the Chico Summer League playoffs - 2 days from now:

Thursday, October 12th, 7:00pm, at Duffy's Tavern, downtown Chico.

We've lost a few teams over the past few years - Empire Club in Durham, and now Shenanigan's. Tackle Box wants to come back, and Paul Thurman is forming a new team with his boys at the Down Lo. Shenanigans/Rack Pack is looking to go to the Down Lo as well. So I'm assuming we'll have 13 teams this year at a minimum. I haven't spoke to all the captains so there might be a team out there that I don't know about. But as it stands, it will essentially be the Down Lo vs. Oasis Pool League. Paul and Gary are heading Down Lo as the 4th and 5th underground team, and I assume the same 5 teams at Oasis. And the 3 'other' bars - Duffy's, Tackle Box, and Eagles. Personally, I loved the travelling to different bars, even different cities, 'on the road'. So to have 13 teams within 1 mile kind of sucks, but the pool hall options are limited. Quackers is there, but the same old story - management doesn't want to commit to a league team, assumingly because of the "extravagant expenses" of a $40 sponsor fee and a round of drinks per week. Whatever, I've given up on that place, even though it's a prime location. So it is what it is - a scheduling nightmare of Down Lo and Oasis teams.

So Captains, start getting your rosters ready. I'll have downloadable roster sheets available on this website soon. The cost should be the same ridiculously-low rate of $20 per season, per player. A savings of over 90% of the other weekly leagues and their 'green fees' paid every week. Again, just with the free beer we get each week, that alone adds up to over $60. So even if you never played a game you'd get 20-something free drinks for 20 bucks. Um, logic - where are you? And yet every year we have players and teams unpaid for weeks. Again, ridiculous, but somehow sickly amusing.

So again, Captain's meeting - Thursday, October 12th, 7:00pm, Duffy's. All captains are required to attend. Captains can bring an assistant, but when it comes to voting, only one vote per team. If you can bring a roster and team payment to the meeting, I will buy you (and me) a shot, right there, on the spot. 

Non captains: talk to your captain about what you want differently for the upcoming season so they can properly represent their team and the league.

Captains and players can contact me at anytime - (530) 966-5632, text or call. Or via email:

See you then!


New Pictures Added!
Jun 15, 2017, 12:38 pm

Finally had some time to dump some pictures off of my phone. I've left a few here on the home page, any other ones I found are in the 'Photo Gallery' tab to the left.

See you on Thursdays at the Down Lo for the Summer Pool League, or in the Fall for the 2017-2018 CMPL Season!



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