April 11. 2015 POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA Contact: Daniel Busch – firstname.lastname@example.org In this article: The Saguaro Cup, Raymond Ceulemans, Torbjörn Blomdahl, The Mosconi Cup, 3 Cushion Billiards, The Cole Dickson
In this article: The Saguaro Cup, Raymond Ceulemans, Torbjörn Blomdahl, The Mosconi Cup, 3 Cushion Billiards, The Cole Dickson Memorial Tournament
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Upcoming POV streams with a few surprises!
POV Pool is going to mix things up a little for the next couple of months. Don’t worry, we’ll still be slipping in a little One-Pocket and some American Rotation, which fans seems to be asking for more of… But please, indulge us while we take you on a brief departure to Arizona this month for something entirely new. See below:
Let’s just paint a little picture if you will. First, you have the ever popular, Mosconi Cup, which Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport have been showcasing since 1994. Its always an action packed event, featuring carefully selected team members from both Europe and the U.S. who face-off under some of the most strenuous team and singles format 9-Ball matches that also include the steering and guidance of famous Team Captains and Co-Captains from each side…
POV Pool is proud to provide, live-streamed coverage of the first ever ‘Saguaro Cup’ Team Event at Skip and Jan’s Sports Bar in Tempe, Arizona! Played on two, 9 foot, Gold Crown Tables, the best of West Pheonix. AZ and East Phoenix, AZ have come together to match up in its most strenuous team event in history who are eager to earn the (soon to be prestigious) Saguaro Cup! Played in just one-day, the East Phoenix Team (EastMode) will battle with the West Phoenix Team (BestSide) to play an astounding possible, 21 matches or a race to 11 matches. Each scheduled match will differ from Singles, Scotch and Team format play that could end early or late, depending on the outcome of each match!
Be sure to catch all of the great shots, the laughs the action and of course, the D-R-A-M-A : Live on POV Pool on April 18th at 10:00 AM / PST
**BONUS FEATURE** Each Team Captain will wear a microphone!
The 2nd Annual Summer Tournament of Champions & USBA Tour Open Event!
Exciting, 3-Cushion Billiards Event at Million Dollar Billiards!
This is a 3-C “MUST WATCH” Event!
It’s Summer again Folks, and that means we are going to be visited by a few spectacular 3-Cushion Billiard players known all around the world to play at Hector Ocampo’s, Million Dollar Billiards venue in North Hollywood, CA. Hector’s first event featured The ‘Extraterrestrial’ himself, Frederic Cuadron and South Korea’s top ranking billiard artiste, Kyung-Roul Kim (R.I.P.).
This summer will be no different for 3-C fans around the world as POV Pool covers this open tournament, which is handicapped to the players with lessor skill giving some of the U.S.’s best and top local players a chance to compete against, 35 time World Champion, Raymond Ceulemans and 15 time World Title Holder, Torbjörn Blomdahl. There will be seating available for local spectators around four of the featured, Verhoeven Tables the event is played on. A big thanks also to The United States Billiards Association for their part in making this event happen. Also, to Hector Ocampo, Ricky Carranco, Tiger Products and Kamui Tips, for their efforts to continue supporting the great sport of 3-Cushion Billiards.
1. $4000 BEST GAME IN FINALS: $100
2. $3250 HIGH RUN IN FINALS: $100
3. $2550 BEST GEN. AVG. IN FINALS: $200
Saturday/Sunday – June 27th-28th @ 10:00 AM / PST
The 3rd Annual Cole Dickson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament
Family Billiards – San Francisco, CA
There are only a few players of their time who were called ‘The Best Money Players on Earth’ – Cole Dickson was just that guy, who was known to walk into a pool room and play the ghost for as much as $1,000 a rack, was also known for the famous ‘Twistback’ bank-shot and also recognized as the guy in the deer-hunting cap! We lost Cole to liver cancer in 2013 and most common pool players know very little about this man, who was unshakable as far back as the early 1970’s.
Streaming live from Family Billiards in San Francisco, CA, we have Cole’s long time friend and venue owner, Delburt Wong and Cole’s daughter, Christine Dickson to thank for holding this event once again. POV Pool is pulling some strings to use some rare footage of Cole in action for playback during the live-streamed coverage of this 3rd annual 9-ball tournament!
Entries being taken and official announcement very soon!
Please stay tuned to POV Pool for additional information and last minute streams, which ALWAYS come up on our channel!
– Congratulations to Edgie Geronimo for winning this match, 15-25. It was a tough day for Rodney, who learned late in the match that his cue-tip was becoming spongy and after changing shafts it was just too little, too late. The playing conditions shifted continuously during the evening, with the front door of the establishment being opened and closed throughout the match, and heavy rain outside bringing moisture inside.
Drinking and celebrations commenced very quickly after the match, with Joven and Edgie’s ‘Despedida’ (farewell party).
Another great night of action on POV Pool! We are hoping to schedule yet another rematch between Rodney and Edgie Geronimo at the Golden Cue in July, when Edgie returns to Los Angeles!
Last week’s epic 10-ball battle at Hard Times Billiards was one of POV Pool’s best yet. Now we’ve just heard that tensions are mounting, yet again between Rodney “The Rocket” Morris and the soft-spoken gunslinger from Bulacan, Philippines, Edgie Geronimo.
Hard Times vs Epic Billiards – Very Different Rooms
The 10-ball action match, which took place at Hard Times Billiards on April 2nd ended in a victory for Rodney Morris of 19 games to 12 and was played on much different conditions than the ones being proposed for Tuesday’s rematch. The Gold Crown II’s at Epic Billiards are not as tight and the tables play a lot slower. Epic’s square footage is only enough to host 6 full-sized tables as opposed to Hard Times, which has 26 tables, tighter pockets and a somewhat more humid atmosphere than Epic. Also, Epic Billiard’s clientele are almost 60% Filipino; there will be HUGE local support for Edgie and this could raise concerns as to whether or not ‘The Rocket’ can take the heat during a long race to 25 with all the excitement going on.
And what of Joven Bustamante?
Well, guys? We don’t really know what’s going to happen with Joven Bustamante. He defeated Vilmos Foldes in a race to 18 games on Thursday, but alas, Vilmos will not be present at Epic Billiards to answer back this time. There is talk of bringing in some backup to play Joven – A few names, like Chris Robinson, Sal Butera and Beau Runningen have been thrown around, but POV’s main focus will be on the headliner match. Spectators are welcome and there is no cover charge to watch. The live stream will be free for all and should start at 6pm / PST.
FREE AND LIVE – 10-Ball Double Header Action On POV Pool!
On April 2nd, POV Pool in association with Epic Billiards, PiUS Promotions and Hard Time Billiards will be in Bellflower this Thursday to provide free live coverage of two scheduled matches between 2 of the pool-world’s rising Filipino stars facing off against possibly 2 of the toughest opponents the west coast can bring to them.
Match #1 – Joven Bustamante vs Vilmos Földes / 2pm PST
What we have here is a good ol’ fashioned rematch, folks!Joven Bustamante (no relation) has been kicking ass and taking names in WPA events as far back as 2007. A very young looking 36 years old with enough firepower in his left-pinky to beat me with the 7 ball, Joven has been racking up wins in the U.S. since he touched down from the Philippines in February of this year; cashing in the Derby City 9 Ball, Jay Swanson Memorial, Chuck Markulis Memorial, CSI US Bar-Table Championships and recently taking 2nd place in the 25th Annual Andy Mercer 9 Ball Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Photo Courtesy: 2015 Carlos Coll Photography
Joven will face off against Vilmos Földes of Budapest, Hungary! Vilmos eats 9 Balls for breakfast and sleeps with with a loaded, Predator soft case under his pillow at night. He has been terrorizing the West Coast pool scene as of late, earning himself a #1 ranking on the Mezz West State Tour’s 11 stops in its 1st season. He has been invited by Allen Hopkins to compete in the upcoming Pro 10 Ball Event at this year’s Super Billiards Expo!
Word on the street is…Vilmos and Joven got into action 2 weeks ago at Pool Sharks Las Vegas in ‘The Pit’. In a nail-biting, Hill/Hill match, Vilmos walked away a winner and sent the ‘Corporation’ away to scrape for spare change at the bottom of their car seats for gas-money home. Now, fully reloaded and ready to strike back, Joven and hopes to regain his ‘Epic’ status as “The most dangerous pretty boy in the West!”
Thursday, April 2nd – 2pm PST
Diamond Table – 4.25″ Pockets / 9 footer
Races to 9
Rack Your Own
Coin flips until wallets are empty!
Match # 2 – Edgie Geronimo vs Rodney Morris / 6pm PST
What can we say about Edgie Geronimo? Friggin’ ridiculous? Future world champion? 37 year old pool phenom from Bulacan? Recently sponsored and fully outfitted by Tiger Products, this February, 2015 – This Thursday, Edgie Geronimo will also be enjoying his latest promotion in the U.S. as ‘The guy the world thinks can beat, ‘Rocket’ Rodney Morris in an even game of 10-Ball!”. Edgie has reigned supreme amongst his peers this year, giving scores of pool players muscle cramps and cottonmouth with nothing less than a distant gaze. At the end of most days Edgie skips merrily along in life, pockets filled with everyone else’s money. And always, when asked about it later, Edgie insists he ‘just got lucky’ with about as much sincerity as Vanilla Ice watching your house while you’re on vacation.
Welcome Edgie Geromino to the world of professional pool! You have arrived and graduated to a new level of excellence where your luck could possibly run dry. If you can survive the thrusters of this Rocket that you are about to ride, then you will have truly convinced me that you really are something to be feared in the pool world! Rodney Morris has also just come off his 6th consecutive 10-Ball win at The Wyoming Open and with it, the recent arrival of his precious, baby boy name Zayden Rocket!. This Rocket is going to bring some turbulence your way, Edgie. I hope you have your spacesuit handy and your helmet on!
2nd Place $ 2,500
Joven Bustamante 3rd Place $ 1,600
Jason Klatt 4th Place $ 1,100
Mike Massey 5th & 6th Place $ 850
Shane VanBoening 7th & 8th Place $ 600
Johnny Kang 9th – 12th Place $ 425
Sean Lane 13th – 16th Place $ 300
Sunday, March 22nd: Day 3
Day in Highlights:
With as many great players that were left in the tournament going into the final day, there were bound to be upsets! Scott Frost knocked Mike Massey the first round of play in the day, to meet Joven Bustamente and defeat him. In the second round of play on the winner’s side, Sal Butera met up with Jason Klatt. On the hill, Klatt breaks in the 9ball to put Butera to the one-loss side. While on the one-loss side, Mike Massey took out Max Eberle, Johnny Kang and Sal Butera. Upset came when Joven Bustamante took out Shane VanBoening from the tournament, relinquishing the opportunity for VanBoening to take his fifth title.
The Hot Seat match began with an early lead for Scott Frost against Jason Klatt with a 3 – 0 lead. While the Hot Seat match takes place, Joven Bustamante also takes a 3 – 0 lead against Mike Massey. Joven blanks Mike Massey to knock him out of the tournament, exiting Massey at 4th place and Scott Frost beats Jason Klatt 6 – 2. Jason Klatt could hold it together long enough and loses to Joven Bustamante.
The Finals bring a tight match up between Scott Frost & Joven Bustamante for a true double elimination. The first match up starts with 2 – 2, head-t0-head match up. Scott Frost hits the Hill first, but Scott Frost misses the 9, allowing for Bustamante to make it to the Hill.
The day began with Ernesto Dominguez getting knocked to the one-loss side, with a loss to Jason Klatt. Following the 11am matches, Mike Massey played Shane VanBoening. Mr. Massey was down 5 – 3, to come back hill/hill. VanBoening’s break and he scratches, to give Massey ball in hand for the 1-9 combo. Putting VanBoening to the one-loss side. On the table next to that exciting match, Scott Frost was down 3 -1 to come back and beat Rodrigo “Edgie” Geronimo. Tres Kane battled it out with Joven Bustamante, but lost to him and is now on the one-loss side.
Remaining at the end of Day 2: Winner’s Side: Scott Frost, Mike Massey, Sean Lane, Jason Klatt, Joven Bustamente, Dick Rice, Sal Butera and Jeff Schilder
One-Loss Side: Max Eberle, Brian Parks, Atilla Csorba, Johnny Kang, Donnie Branson, Tom Butler, Shane VanBoening and Edgie Geronimo
Early on in the day, Shane Harvey puts Walter Glass (5th place in the Mercer last year) to the one-loss side. Sal Butera beat Southwest Cues’ Al Lawrence. Sal advances through the winner’s side, also beating Ismael Paez. Edgie Geronimo also advances through the winner’s side to face Scott Frost tomorrow at 11:45am. Shane VanBoening and Mike Massey make it past two rounds on the winner’s side and meet up tomorrow, also at 11:45am. Tres Kane did not have an easy way through the winner’s side, but beat both Oscar Dominguez and Ray Skenadore. And it won’t get easier because he faces 4th place Bar Box 9-ball Champion, Joven Bustamante. Joe Cannella advances tomorrow on the winner’s side due to Max Eberle’s forfeit/no-show to his evening match. Everyone advances to tomorrow where the action will heat up!
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After 11 events on the Mezz West State Tour, a total of 32 invited players came to Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to compete in the year end event for its 12th and final event of Season 1. The invited players were chosen based off a points system based off the Camel Pro Tour rankings. The top players accumulated points based off their performances to play in a special year end event of $2000 added prize money plus the membership dues collected throughout the season which totaled to 5750 off of 231 total members. In addition, as a bonus, the top 16 ranked players did not pay an entry fee while the 17-32nd ranked players paid a standard $65 entry fee.
The top half of the board was led by co founder of the MWST, Oscar Dominguez with wins over the Filipino veteran, Ramon Mistica 9-4, followed by wins over Johnny Kang 9-4, Dave Hemmah 9-5, and Ernesto Dominguez 9-0, to lead up to the hot seat match. The bottom half of the bracket was dominated by Hungarian sharpshooter, Attila Bezdan, with wins over Phil Prentice 9-3, Ramin Bahktiari 9-3, Melissa Herndon 9-4, and road companion Vilmos Foldes 9-4. The hot seat match was one sided as Attila came out firing balls in from all angles putting pressure on Dominguez. After a few failed safeties, Attila ran away with the match with a 9-5 score.
Meanwhile on the losers side, Rodrigo Geronimo who lost his first match to Tang Hoa 8-4, had grinded through seven matches against Kevin May 9-3, Beau Runningen 9-7, Chris Fangre 9-3, Melissa Herndon 9-5, Tang Hoa 9-4, Ernesto Domiguez 9-4 and Ruben Bautista 9-7 to reach the 3rd place match against Oscar Dominguez. Rodrigo looked hungry to reach the finals and took a quick 5-1 lead over Dominguez. It wasnt until Geronimo missed a crucial 2 ball in the side pocket to widen the lead to 6-1 that Dominguez had a chance to take control of the table. Winning that game and then the next 3, Dominguez was able to tie it up 5. The following 6 games were each nail biters, with each player playing inspirational kick, jump and safety shots. Dominguez fell behind once again 7-5, but in his true fashion, showed a lot of heart to come back and win the match 9-7 sending him back to the finals to seek revenge on Bezdan.
Attila Bezdan in the Finals! Copyright 2015 – POV Pool Media
The finals was one to be seen. Bezdan played flawless, only missing two balls the entire set. He pocketed every ball on the table as if they had eyes and controlled the cue ball at a top notch level. His break was also in top gear, leaving Dominguez helpless. Attila Bezdan went on to easily win the set 8-2. His victory was well deserved, as he was the best player on this day. All of us on the Mezz West State Tour will surely miss him next season and would like to congratulate him on his very great accomplishment.
18th Place: $ 100 Phil Prentice
19th Place: $ 100 Beau Runningen
20th Place: $ 100 Mark Whitehead
21st Place: $ 100 Jaden Brock
22nd Place: $ 100 Santos Sambajon
23rd Place: $ 100 Rodney Wynn
24th Place: $ 100 Paul Silva
25th Place: $ 75 Frank Robutz
26th Place: $ 75 Tim Daniel
27th Place: $ 75 Kevin May
28th Place: $ 75 Larry Bohn
29th Place: $ 75 Tommy Lipps
30th Place: $ 75 Reid Stensrud
31st Place: $ 75 Anthony Ortega
32nd Place: $ 75 Justin Logan
Top Female $ 500 Melissa Herndon
Looks like a Family Affair on the winner’s side rounding out Day 1. Cousins, Vilmos Foldes and Attila Bezdan are matched up tomorrow. Father, Ernesto Dominguez, is scheduled to play his son, Oscar, as well. The Dominguez’s have been known to not play each other, but to let one continue on. So, we shall see tomorrow who will continue on the winner’s side nonetheless.
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The Mezz West State Tour Finale!
On March 7th and 8th a small handful of the best of The Mezz West State Tour ‘cueists’ will face off this weekend for a double-elimination, 10-ball showdown at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to determine the ‘Top Gun’ of its field in this inaugural season of 231 players. Reserved for only 32 players who have fought long and hard in the past 10 months, traveled to various venues along the west coast of the United States – Season 1 of The Mezz West State Tour has, by far been one of the most challenging and promising billiard tours seen in the United States in over a decade. March 7th and 8th will be remembered in pool history as another baby-step in the right direction.
32 Players Preparing for Action!
The top-ranked 32 players of the Mezz West State Tour currently consist of 10 professional players, 8 semi-pros and 14 amateurs who have all held up to each other with equal strength, brought us fast paced play and memorable moments. The 1 and 2 game handicap to respective skill levels has rendered a few chilling outcomes and very few landslides. The fact remains that, if you’re playing this event, you’ve done something great to get here. Ladies and Gentlemen, ‘Place Your Bets’!
Hard Times Billiards is charging a very small gate to watch the event and parking is always free. Streaming live and free on POV Pool’s Ustream Channel, all weekend long, including some open action on Friday, March 6th. POV Pool will also be providing a supplemental, Top Gun – Real Time Feed page for those looking for bracket and player information, pics, selfies, highlights and more.
This weekend’s event at “The Home Of Champions” opened by Chuck Markulis in 1988 is sure to carry the legacy of the great players who have come before them. The Mezz West State Tour brings talent to Hard Times Billiards with a different slant than usual. The players at this event will all have earned their place at the table, after a long haul of 11 events and all, very hungry to win.
A Little History – A Lot Of Thanks!
Tour founders, Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera, whose announcement of the Mezz West State Tour immediately attracted local promoters, venues and product sponsors from conception to launch; they were able to officially sign 9 host venues whilst partners such as Fast n Loose, POV Pool and GoPlayPool went to work on other tasks in the background: Website, Live Streaming and Social Promotion. In a way, this was a convergence of events that could almost be likened to someone who wins 9-ball tournament: It took a whole lot of skill, a little bit of luck and just the right timing.
Upload your pet watching POV Pool with #povpoolpets to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Don’t forget to tag POVPool. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive a Kamui Voucher. Contest March 1st until 7pm. Photos will be featured throughout the stream all day!
Since 1991 the Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada has honored pool player and enthusiast, Andy Mercer, with an annual 9-ball bar box tournament. For the past 25 years, this event has drawn the best pool players from across the country, and this year March 20th – 22nd is no different. With 10 professional players entered this year and a full field, we wonder will Shane VanBoening win for the 5th year in a row? Or will previous title holder Ismael Paez take it, or will newcomer Rodrigo “Edgie” Geronimo rob the field? Other professional players include, the great Mike Massey, Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez, Max Eberle, Scott Frost and Jason Klatt.
This year’s event will be available to the masses to watch FREE on POV Pool! Three days of pros battling it out on bar boxes. The free stream is brought to you by the Rum Runner Lounge, Pool Sharks in Las Vegas, Kamui Tips, Tiger Products and ReaniMac. POV Pool also owes a huge ‘special thanks’ to Jeff Gray and Ryan Deberg who pulled a lot of strings to make this broadcast happen.
Thank You to – Andy Mercer Tournament Staff:
This year the Andy Mercer Tournament is brought to you by: