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Will “River” Burke. ~ William DeYonker {Interview}

Q: How many years have you been playing pool? 

A: I’ve been playing pool for 13 years but only serious about it for three.

Q: Who are your sponsors? 

A: Grinding clothing company, Diveney Custom Cues, Sergeants Sports Bar, Sharky’s Billiards, and Crafton Railroad Company

Q: How many tournaments have you competed in? 

A: I’ve played in 300+ tournaments in 10 years

Q: What do you do for fun in your spare time?

A: I enjoy fishing, being outside, and hanging out with friends.

Q: What was the most exotic location you been to for pool?

A: I’ve been to Vegas two times.

Q: Who are your favorite players for pool and/or pool trick shots?

A: Efrin reyes, Justin Bergman, and Jesse bowman.

Q: Do you have an amazing story you want to tell us about?

A: I raced box for four years until I had a bad crash and fractured my skull four inches. Dr’s wouldn’t let me race anymore so I started hanging out at the pool hall my dad worked at.

Q: What is your most favorite game?

A: Straight pool or 10 ball

Q: What are some of the cues you owned?

A: All Diveney Custom Cues

Q: What’s your favorite kind of cues?

A: Diveney and Nova

Q: What is your strong point in pool?

A: On average my break speed is 25-28mph, and I learn fast.

Q: When you are not playing pool, your doing what?

A: Working at the pool hall.

Q: What awards have you won so far?

A: 2013 – APA Jr Nationals 1st

2013 – VNEA Jr National Team 1st 2013 – BEF Jr Nationals 9-12 2014 – APA Jr Nationals 1st 2014 –  VNEA Jr Worlds Team 2nd 2014 – VENA Jr Singles 9-12 2015 – APA Jr Nationals 4th 2015 – VNEA Jr Worlds Team 2nd 2015 – VNEA Jr World Singles 3rd 2014 – ACS Men’s Open Team 1st 2014 – ACS Men’s Open 9-ball 3rd 2015 – BEF Jr Nationals 13-16 2015 – ACS Men’s Master Team 2nd 2015 – ACS Men’s Master Singles 13-16 2015 – Illinois ACS Jr State 2nd 2012 – 2015 ISPA Jr State 2nd 2014 – Sharky’s pick your poison 1st 1st APA Jr – to get a grand slam. Many league Mvps in APA

Q: How did you get into playing pool?

A: My dad worked at a pool hall.

Q: Do you have a nickname for playing pool?

A: Run Out River

Q: What was your first tournament for billiards?

A: When I was eight years old at my dads new year day Jr tournament.


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Author: William DeYonker Photo: Provided by author Editor: Hannah Blue
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