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Pool players have been chalking up for the largest pool tournament in the state. Almost two hundred five-player teams are hoping to break their way into the finals. Two teams usually meet up at the top of the bracket each year.

Like most competitive sports, in billiards, you're only as strong as you're weakest link. But sometimes your weakest link is stronger than the competition.

The State Teams Pool Tournament is in Bismarck. And for the past eight years, two teams have been looking for each other in the finals.

"We've been paired up in the state championship four times, so they're pretty much our rivals," says Stacy Keller, Broken Oar- Keller.

For the Fireside Breakers, it's a bit of a family affair. Dusty and Jason Geller have been playing with their father Steve for the last 35 years. And they learned from one of the best.

"He's won state tournaments. He's played in pro tournaments, and of course, the trick shots, lately...You know, we always had a pool table in the basement. So, I could always pick up and play," says Dusty Gellar, Fireside Breakers.

The brothers and their other teammates are also tough opponents. The team took first place in 2011 and 2012. But Dusty's most memorable game was their loss to the Broken Oar in 2006.

"We had a tremendous lead on them. And they ended up coming back and breaking and running the last table and actually beating us," says Dusty.

Dusty says it usually comes down to the last two games.  And both teams consider the other a worthy adversary.

"We always look forward to playing the Gellars. You know, it's a challenge. You know, you want to beat the best along the way to become the best," says Stacy.

The men are friends both on and off the table. And though it may get heated in a match, they're always happy to meet each other at the top of the bracket.

The Broken Oar took the state title in both 2007 and 2009.

The eight-ball tournament continues through Sunday.

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