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Pocket_Protector <Q>LJ. Lots of discussion about the promoter of this event and his big plans for pool. Care to comment?
ljjones <A>First of all, thanks to everyone for being on line. This should be fun! I hope you have your questions ready, because I'm ready to put out some bait for Captain Hook!
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Pocket_Protector <Q>LJ. Lots of discussion about the promoter of this event and his big plans for pool. Care to comment?
ljjones <A>The best thing I'd say about Kevin trudeau is that he's not a typical pool promoter. He loves pool, has his own ideas, and is coming in strong. He's setting the rules. It's his idea, his tour. He just wants to know if people want in.
jonesfan <Q>First off, good luck against Sigel. Second, why don't you play on the tour anymore?
ljjones <A>Thanks. I just got burned out after all those years. Also, my career stopped at that point. I chose a different path. Then this popped up. My path was going to be exhibitions and shows for Olhausen. Reap the benefits of my career, I guess.
Pocket_Protector <Q>Players tend to be particular about what they wear when they play in a TV match. What's in the wardrobe for the big match?
ljjones <A>Have any suggestions? LOL!
Pocket_Protector <Q>Players tend to be particular about what they wear when they play in a TV match. What's in the wardrobe for the big match?
ljjones <A>I am concentrating on comfort. Of course, you always try to look good too.
onepocketchump <Q>Loree, I am a big fan. You haven't been active for a while and neither has Mike. I know of Mike's connection to Kevin Trudeau. My question is how you were selected to be the female player for this match? I think you are well qualified for it and I was wondering if any other WPBA pros were considered?
ljjones <A>I met Kevin last year, and I guess he just likes me. I'm also good friends with Mike Sigel. How I was selected isn't important to me. It's about time something good happens, and I'm glad to be part of it. If he puts someone on TV and tells people this is the best player on the planet, that person will be known as the best. I feel I have as much right as anyone. I was in the WPBA since I was a kid.
strokerace <Q>Do you know of any other pros already signed up for the tour?
ljjones <A>I know that a lot of men who have signed up. Ralf Souquet, Johnny Archer, even Jim Rempe. Players aren't going to miss this opportunity!
Woody_968 <Q>Loree Jon, Have you had the chance to spend much time talking with Trudeau? Do you feel he is going to be able to make the tour work? And do you think he has the right people in place around him to help?
ljjones <A>Yes, he'll make it work. He has more people around him than you can imagine. I've never been called more often and been treated so well for this event than I ever have. They don't miss a thing. He's a self-made millionaire. He knows what to do.
onepocketchump <Q>Do you think, knowing what you know of the pool scene, that a $900 membership might be a barrier?
ljjones <A>Someone just mentioned that to me, but I don't think that will be a barrier. If you look at joining ANY organization, it's going to cost $300-$500 a year. This is a one-time fee. If you think you have a chance to play well, you'll have plenty of opportunities. And if you don't put up the money, believe me, there will be 150 others who will jump on the chance.
Tennesseejoe <Q>Are they going to call this match "The Battle of the Beauty and the Beast?"
ljjones <A>Thank you, thank you. (I'm assuming Mike is the Beast!)
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Brian_in_VA <Q>Loree Jon, a number of people on this board and others have said that the top female players can't beat the top, or even the middle, men players. How do you respond to that?
ljjones <A>Come to the Mandalay Bay om Saturday and find out! I know what you mean, but I've been practicing a ton and sparring with Johnny Archer. The first night we sparred, he beat me mercilessly. I was mad. A week later we played again and I stayed with him. He smiled and said if I play that way I have a chance. I feel that I have a chance.
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Brian_in_VA <Q>Loree Jon, a number of people on this board and others have said that the top female players can't beat the top, or even the middle, men players. How do you respond to that?
ljjones <A>I would add that the pressure is on Mike. He's supposed to win. If he does, he was supposed to. If he loses, he takes the heat of losing to a woman.
onepocketchump <Q>I will be there to watch you as you are one of my pool heroes. What is your strategy going to be?
ljjones <A>Strategy? I have to play my game. I can't fall into his. If I break and have an open table, I need to run out. I know I can. I have to focus on my own game. I don't need to out-play him ... safety battles, etc. I just have to do my own thing.
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jonesfan <Q>What do you think of the current climate on the WPBA tour? It seems that the americans can't stay with all the European players coming in.
ljjones <A>Hard to argue with that. You're probably right at this point. If any of us were in this sport for the money, we would'nt be here. We love the game, but the Europeans are much more disciplined than the Americans. I don't know anyone who's practiced as much as Karen. And Allison is awesome. She worked hard too. If the money gets up there on this tour, some women may think of coming over. They can make money in the middle of the pack. Also, not one of the European players has a family. I'm grocery-shopping, doing two book reports with my kids, laundry and getting ready to leave town for exhibitions and the Sigel match!
mark_griffin <Q>I think what Kevin is trying to do is GREAT for pool. Hopefully that is something everyone can agree on! What do you see this causing in the industry?
ljjones <A>It's a good thing. I agree. I see it having only positive impact on the industry.
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Dspaboss <Q>ahh sort of like bobby riggs, a no win bet, eh?
ljjones <A>Kind of, I suppose. If the men are going to make statements that they're better than the women, then you'd better beat us every time we play! If there's pressure on the men, the put it on themselves. I don't think the women can go along on the women's tour and win. I think time has to change to where we're playing with the men.
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jonesfan <Q>What do you think is the biggest difference between a man and a women's game?
ljjones <A>This is the biggest question I get. Mike made a great statement, and my husband Sammy said the same thing ... men have been playing this game so much longer. The women have really only gotten into it in the last 30 years. The knowledge basis is just different and way ahead of us. We have different brains than men. That's just life. We can be taught how to think like a man. When I play with a man long, and you hear again and again, "What are you doing?" Jean Balukas played like a man more than anyone. And don't kid yourself. The break is huge. You can't putz the break in 8-ball on tight nap.
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onepocketchump <Q>LOL - That might keep Mike in retirement!
ljjones <A>No. Mike won't stay retired, not with this opportunity. This isn't a fly-by-night thing. It's for real.
strokerace <Q>Will the slow nap cloth have any impact on your game?
ljjones <A>Considering that's what I grew up on, I'm emjoying hitting the ball again. I actually had to slow my stroke down to play on the faster cloth all those years on the tour.
mrsjill9b <Q>Loree Jon, what's the format for the match against Mike Segal, and how did you get involved in the challenge?
ljjones <A>I get involved because they called me. As for the match, it's 8-ball, race to 9, best of three sets. Most of the rules are the same ... ball-in-hand, can't use the 8 ball for combinations, etc.
Brian_in_VA <Q>What kind of preparation do you engage in for a match like this? Drills or sets with Archer, specific shots? Especially after having been out of the tournament grind.
ljjones <A>Been playing a lot of straight pool. When I practice by myself it's straight pool. A night I've been sparring with Sammy or Johnny Archer. Just hitting balls in general is more than I've done for months! The sparring is really important.
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RailbirdJAM <Q>What do you think about the playing on tables with tight pockets as opposed to the big buckets that is currently the norm in high-profile events? Is this a good thing?
ljjones <A>Since I have a tight-pocket table at home ... and Olhausen and the same one they're using at the event. It's not a big deal to me. When I miss, I tend to really miss! I don't tend to hang up balls. And I think tight pockets is a good thing. I think it's part of Kevin's desire to bring back old time pool ... when running out really meant something.
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jonesfan <Q>You have been part of the pool world since you were a teenager. Any regrets looking back?
ljjones <A>None. I've enjoyed everything. I've achieved everything I've wanted. I'm very happy where my life is, and if I get another chance now to go back and play more with real opportunities, that's great.
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mrsjill9b <Q>LJ, have you played 8-ball before in competition, and do you think the return to traditonal slow-nap cloth for this competition going to set a precedent for future competitions?
ljjones <A>I played in 8-ball touraments when I was 12 and 13 at Mike Asch's room in New Jersey. That's about it. As for the slow-nap cloth, the future remains to be seen. The other tours certainly don't need to change.
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Dspaboss <Q>any chance you might be able to talk Kevin into backing some 14.1 events?
ljjones <A>Like I have any influence over him! I think the reason he chose 8-ball is that it's the game that everyone knows. He's appealing to the biggest group of potential viewers possible.
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Woody_968 <Q>Had mike been playering prior to finding out he was going to be playing in this match?
ljjones <A>Not that I'm aware of. He's been practicing a lot since he found out about this match, I guarantee that!
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RailbirdJAM <Q>When you were on the tour, did you play the two-shot/push-out rule? What do you think of this rule? Do you think it will ever make a comeback?
ljjones <A>No and no. I don't think you really need two push-outs. And in 8-ball there will be no push-out, obviously.
Barbara <Q>Hey Lori, don't get overwhelmed when the Qs start coming and you're answering one and reading another. It's been known to overload the best! I have all the confidence htat you'll give Mike a game because you two grew up playing straight pool and 8-ball is just a derivative of that game. What are your thoughts?
ljjones <A>Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm very comfortable with 8-ball. It challenges me the same way straight pool does.
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onepocketchump <Q>Do you think the safety battles in 8-ball might be boring to casual viewers?
ljjones <A>Television has dicateted for too long what we should and shouldn't play. I've never been bored watching someone spend five minutes studying a putt. Give it a chance and let's see what these matches bring. In my lifetime I've watched far more boring sports than pool.
BadToDaBone <Q>I think this is a great idea, from what little I've heard about it, not from a lack of exposure though. My question is, are you going to beat him?
ljjones <A>Yes! I have to believe that, or I shouldn't even show up.
Guru <Q>Does this signify the beginning of a LJJ comeback?
ljjones <A>It could, but on a different tour. I won't go back to the WPBA Tour, because that part of my career is over. You'll see me in challenge matches and maybe on the IPT tour.
RailbirdJAM <Q>Do you know where at this juncture the future IPT tournaments will be held? Will they remain in the continental United States, or will there be venues overseas, too?
ljjones <A>From what I know, most of the events will likely be staged in Las Vegas.
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Rod <Q>Should you win, what happens next. I mean will you be given another challenge?
ljjones <A>If I win I probably be given another challenge. And even if I don't, there may be another challenge match for me.
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mrsjill9b <Q>LJ, Where does Mike S rank when compared to some of the pros you grew up watching?
ljjones <A>If you ever read articles about me in the past, you've repeatedly seen me state that Mike Sigel is the best player that ever lived ... even over Efren. He was my idol. I studied him for so long, he's helped me become the player I am.
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strokerace <Q>Are you going to stay in the spotlight to promote this tour? You certainly make a great ambassador of the game.
ljjones <A>Thank you, and yes I will. I will be out there promoting for Kevin.
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Dspaboss <Q>Loree, how might some of the equipment vagaries (ie cloth, pocket sizes, etc) work for or against you?
ljjones <A>Again, I play on a tight-pocketed Olhausen Champion Pro, and I grew up on nap cloth playing straight pool. When the fast cloth came on the scene I hated it. I really had to slow my stroke down. I don't see any of the equipment specs helping or hindering me. The reality is that nap cloth isn't tons slower, it just affects your shot. You can't dog your stroke. That will show up big time.
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Tennesseejoe <Q>You have been the most exciting player in womens pool---do you have plans or have you been asked to be the color commentator for ESPN?
ljjones <A>No, I haven't, because that's another political battle that I choose not to engage in. I think my decision to walk away from the tour will open new opportunities for me. You may see me commentating on Fox Sports instead of ESPN.
Matt_24 <Q>How many hours a day are you practicing in preparation for this match?
ljjones <A>A lot. Probably two hours of straight pool by myself in the morning to loosen up and get my focus. Sparring has been 2-3 hours. I lose my focus after that.
RailbirdJAM <Q>Are you excited to be back in the saddle again, shooting in Las Vegas? Though different from your current lifestyle, it must be thrilling for you to be playing pool competitively.
ljjones <A>Yes, playing again excites me. Competing is fun ... for this kind of money. That's very exciting.
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RailbirdJAM <Q>I came late to the chat. So pardon me if I missed this answer by you, but what kind of cue stick do you shoot with, weight, shaft diameter, and choice of tips?
ljjones <A>I use two cues... a Hall of Fame Series by Charlie Ursitti, and I still use a Meucci.The weight is 18 1/2, the diameter is just under 13 ... I'm very picky on that, and a LePro tip.
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paulmg57 <Q>My wife and I are coming up from Phoenix to watch the match. We have never witnessed a professional event before, and we are really exited. We're pulling for you all the way. Good luck and we'll see you there!!
ljjones <A>Thank you. Make sure you introduce yourself to me.
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Barbara <Q>Lori, I have to ask an off-the-topic question. I was just playing with Dawn Hopkins at the NJ State 9-Ball Championships and we went out to dinner afterwards and she mentioned during conversation that you were "retired". Now I know that you haven't played in the Tour because of your interests for your family and congrats are in order because of your HOF entrance, but were you going to make a formal announcement or expect us all (that are not too privvy with the Touring Pro scene) to stand with our hands on our hips and wait for you to say something?
ljjones <A>I guess this will serve as my formal announcement. To be honest, I really didn't know 100% what I was going to do. A few things happened that force my hand. Because I never renewed my contract or pay my dues, I didn't think I had to make a formal announcement that I was going to walk away. I didn't mean to offend anyone. I apologize. I'm private that way and don't always think of the impact the decisions have on others.
Woody_968 <Q>Do you agree that 8ball will be a better test for tournament players? And what is your opinion on going back to slow cloth?
ljjones <A>On 8-ball, yes. Because its like straight pool. All skill.
RailbirdJAM <Q>I have read many articles about you in older pool mags, and you made it to the top in difficult times. What advice do you have for young women who want to become a full-time professional pool player? It is financially difficult to stay on the tournament trail to become pro.
ljjones <A>It's very difficult. That's why I hope that Kevin's ideas will help draw new sponsors to the women's tour. As for advice, if you believe in something, go for it. Follow your dreams. In pool, find a great male pro, not just a good one, a great player and work with him. I have time for one more question.
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Tennesseejoe <Q>Mike is the Beast but he is a very good player. Do you see any weakness in his game that you could exploit?
ljjones <A>Yeah, a no-talking rule! Mike has no playing weaknesses. In closing I'd like to thank everyone for joining this chat. Thanks for your interest. It's been fun. I'm very excited and honored to have been asked to play in this event. I hope I can make all the women out there proud. God Bless Everyone ... and good night!
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