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POV Pool in 2016 – Live Stream and Event Schedule

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February 5th, 2016

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POV Pool’s Live Stream and Event Schedule for 2016!

For all of you players on the tournament trail or just plain looking for action to watch at your favorite room, we are creating this list of solid dates of the events which POV Pool will be providing live streamed coverage. ALL DATES ARE LOCKED, so start making your travel arrangements! YES, The West Coast Swing is back with a bang and there’s also a chance that these events may find even more money added – more on that, as things evolve. You can look forward to an official press release for each upcoming event on our schedule with further details, interactive maps and even a few ‘real time feed’ pages during the events.

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Without the friends of POV Pool and also these great sponsors and event organizers, none of the coverage or the events would be happening at all. Please take the time to thank them all personally and support their efforts. Corey Harper, Scott Doucette, Ian Brock, Tim Kovacs, Kristy Lipps, Adam Roberts, Ryan Deberg, Jeff Gray, Tony Kalamandaryan, John Bertone, Marty Carey, Josh Edgar, Gilbert Najm, The Burbank Elk’s Lodge, Hector Ocampo, Mazin Shooni, Paul Frankel, Gino Hill, Jim Blakeman, Joe Klimchak, Ken Hoshide, Marc Ong, Dawn Tarver, Brian Elwell, Delburt Wong, Yoli Handoko, Christine Dickson, Chris Swart, Mark Cantrill, Jerry Forsyth, AZ Billiards, Eddie Arreguin, Chad Beleber, Dave Hemmah, Dan Hernandez, Geraldine Thibodeau, Brook Thomason and many, many others…

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  • February 6th / Sat / Foothill BCA ‘Heads Up’ Championships / Golden Cue / 9-Ball
  • February 13th / Sat / SoCal TAP Scotch Doubles Event / Pins & Pockets / 8-Ball
  • February 20th-21st / Tiger Sin City Tour Stop #1 / Dealer’s Choice, LV / 9-Ball
  • February 26th-28th / Gil Najm’s USBA Nationals Qualifier / Burbank Elk’s Lodge / 3-C
  • March 16th-20th / The 2016 USBA Nationals / Million Dollar Billiards / 3-C
  • March 17th-20th / 26th Annual Andy Mercer / Rum Runner Lounge, LV / 9-Ball
  • May 30th / Memorial Day 8-Ball Scotch Tournament / The Golden Cue / 9-Ball
  • July 2nd-3rd / Sat-Sun / Cole Dickson Memorial / Family Billiards / $2,5k / 10-Ball
  • July 6th-10th / Wed-Sun / West Coast Challenge / California Billiards / $5k – 1-Pkt / $10k – 10-Ball
  • July 15th-17th / Fri-Sat / 7th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball / Hard Times, Bellflower/ $5k / 10-Ball

This list will be updated, so save this link – More dates to be added. All events, streamed live on www.povpool.com / Tell a friend and get your entries in!

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Efren and Bustamante – Return To Hard Times on February 1st and 2nd!

efren returns to POV POOL Feb 2016

February 1st and 2nd, 2016

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA

Hard Times Billiards Bellflower

  • So, you wanna play Efren Reyes or Francisco Bustamante?
  • Email: daniel@povpool.com
  • Leave us your contact info and the date you’d like to play
  • See the schedule below for more details  
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Book Your Match Now – February 1st and 2nd ONLY 

Just when you thought it was getting quiet at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, the heat will turn up again with the return of Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante for just 2 days. And, once again, POVPOOL has been given the honor of booking any advance matches with amateurs and pros alike! With very little lead time on this event, we are sure the phone will be ringing off the hook – there will be very limited slots available for action going only to those who book it first. Minimum wagers will be set by appointment only. All games considered!

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“So, you wanna play Efren?”

All Games Considered – Wager determined by phone only! 

Contact: daniel@povpool.com or call 310-923-6639

Live Stream Schedule (Matches will be updated as they come in): 

Monday, February 1st

1:00pm / PST – MARCO MITRE VS EFREN REYES / 8 Ball / Race to 9 / EVEN

3:oopm / PST – COLIN ANGLE VS EFREN REYES / 8 Ball / Race to 9 / EVEN

8:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Tuesday, February 2nd 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

4:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

8:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

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Play One Pocket with Efren Reyes in January!

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January 18th-20th, 2016

Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower, CA

Hard Times Billiards Bellflower

  • So, you wanna play Efren Reyes, eh?
  • Email: daniel@povpool.com
  • Leave us your contact info and the date you’d like to play
  • See the schedule below for more details  

Action with Efren at Hard Times Billiards!

Save the dates and book your session with Efren Reyes if you dare. Efren will be at Hard Times from January 18th-20th, 2016! You can email me directly or call 310-923-6639 with your immediate inquiries.

With the 18th Annual Derby City Classic on the horizon this month, Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes will be stopping through Southern California for 3 days to prepare for the upcoming tournaments at Indiana’s, Horseshoe Casino. While at Hard Times ‘The Magician’ is open for action from almost anybody who wants a game and POV Pool has been asked to take appointments and book anyone in the area on those dates for action. We have a confirmation that Efren is willing to give up 10-7 for a minimum of 3 sets per match to most players. If you are interested in matching up with Efren Reyes, you must be willing to play a minimum of 3 sets of race to 3 (One-Pocket) for a minimum of $100 per set.

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Playing the greatest that ever lived!

Mike Stilkey playing Efren Reyes in October 2015.

Mike Stilkey playing Efren Reyes in October 2015.

Efren Reyes vs Daniel Busch in October 2015

Efren Reyes vs Daniel Busch in October 2015

This is a rare opportunity for YOU to learn from the best! In the recent past, POV Pool featured two matches between Efren and Myself and another local player, Mike Stilkey playing one-pocket for just $100 per set. A very small price to pay for the best pool lesson of your life. I can honestly say that playing 3 sets with Efren, getting 10-7 taught me a lot about my game which has improved since.

TiGER CLASSIC – The ‘Classic Cue’ for the Classic One-Pocket Player! 

Live Streamed on POV Pool! 

Thanks to POV Pool’s sponsors and to Eddie Arreguin of Hard Times Billiards, we will be there to provide live coverage of all Efren matches which will later be available for viewing on POV Pool’s YouTube Channel. Not only will you have the chance to play the best; your match will also receive professional video coverage with helpful commentary from multiple camera angles. In addition, if you have your own business or entity that you wish to promote during your match, we are happy to do so on a pre-arranged basis, free of charge. Just our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to you for giving us the chance to cover your performance.

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Live Stream Schedule:

  • January 18th – Monday / 12:00pm – 1:00am
  • January 19th – Tuesday /  12:00pm – 1:00am
  • January 20th – Wednesday /  12:00pm – 1:00am

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“So, you wanna play Efren?”

One Pocket Only – Must be willing to play a minimum of $100 per set / Minimum 3 sets / Efren will give you 10-7

***BIGGER ACTION WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED!*** 

Contact: daniel@povpool.com or call 310-923-6639

Live Stream Schedule (Matches will be updated as they come in): 

Monday, January 18th 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

6:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Tuesday, January 19th 

2:00pm / PST – John Lassek vs Efren Reyes / Race to 3 / One Pocket

7:00pm / PST – George Teyechea vs Efren Reyes / Race to 3 / One Pocket

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

Wednesday, January 20th 

1:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

7:00pm / PST – 10 Ball / EVEN / Efren Reyes vs Jamal Oussi

10:00pm / PST – OPEN SLOT

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Bellflower, California’s – ‘Hard Times Billiards’ is often a layover point for international travelers and professional pool players alike.

 

 

Through the New Year on POVPOOL

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December 15th, 2015

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA 

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POV Pool’s upcoming streams through the New Year and beyond… 

Hey pool fans! Just a brief announcement here reminding everyone to ‘save the dates’, pack your cues and head down to these events, which will all be streamed on POV Pool – Live and Free! We are being careful not to stream during derby, and we hope to stumble into a few very special guests, as they travel through town to get there…

Please take the time to thank our sponsors and buy their stuff! 

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All streams scheduled for 12:00 pm / PST – Artwork and posters to follow…

  • Saturday – December 19th, 2015 – The Golden Cue’s 2nd ‘Holiday Wish’ 9-Ball

  • Saturday – January 2nd, 2016 – The Hard Times 1st Saturday One Pckt Tournament

  • Sunday – January 3rd, 2016 – The Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball Tournament

  • Sunday – January 17th, 2016 – Hard Times Sunday 9 Ball Weekly

  • Monday – January 18th, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Tuesday – January 19th, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Wednesday – January 20th, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Sunday – January 31st, 2016 – Hard Times Regular Sunday 9-Ball

  • Monday – February 1st, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Tuesday – February 2nd, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Saturday – February 6th, 2016 – The Foothill BCA Pool League Championship Saturday

  • Sunday – February 7th, 2016 – The Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball Tournament / CANCELLED FOR SUPER BOWL!

  • Saturday – February 13th, 2016 – SoCal Tap Scotch Doubles Tournament – Pins & Pockets

  • Fri/Sat/Sun – February 26th-28th, 2016 – USBA 3-Cushion Qualifier at The Burbank Elk’s Lodge

Other upcoming ‘doozies’

  • March 2016 – The 26th Andy Mercer 9 Ball Tournament – Las Vegas
  • June 2016 – The 4th Cole Dickson 9 Ball – San Francisco
  • July 2016 – The 7th Annual Hard Times 10 Ball & 1 Pocket – Bellflower

 

The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

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The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

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The biggest upset in pool right now that confuses the public and players are the rules. America, Europe, and Asia all play rules different to one another. All successful sports play with one set of rules that are easy to understand.

For example, America usually plays with the One on the spot, rack your own. Fouls are OK; if you move a ball with anything but your cue you can replace the ball where it was and continue to shoot. I don’t agree with this (if you make a foul it’s ok to keep shooting.)

  • 10-Ball has different rules for several events. Some are call shot and some are not. Sometimes it’s call safe too.
  • In Europe, 9-Ball is played with the Nine on the spot, and the three point rule is enforced. 10-ball, call shot, WPA rules. Asia can’t make their mind up. Sometimes the one ball is on the spot, sometimes the nine ball is on the spot.
  • 10-Ball is usually call shot, but in the Philippines they don’t like call shot for money games — which, again, does not make sense to me.
  • Push shots are sometimes allowed, sometimes not… again, madness. It’s a foul.
  • 8-Ball has different rules worldwide

What we’re doing with all these rules is confusing the public and the players, and making the sport disorganized.

  • 10-Ball was designed to be call shot — for tournaments, to take the slop out of the game — but everyone keeps trying to change the rules. We should stick to 10-Ball being call shot only, and in addition I would suggest that it should be break outside the box.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, using a magic rack, and break inside the box.
  • 8-Ball should be open table after the break, not using stripes to play onto solids for the first shot or vice versa.
  • Jump cues should not be allowed.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, magic rack, break in the box.

Every major event we play at a pro level has different rules, which is why a player meeting is always needed at the tournament before it even starts. Sometimes these player meetings can go on for hours.

In the China Open, we put the one ball on the spot, and the ball is wired to the corner pocket. This is the same with the World 9-Ball. The U.S. Open has the nine ball on the spot with the break box. I think these are the best rules, and what the majority of the players want. Matchroom also plays with the nine ball on the spot.

It’s amazing to me that all these major events play different rules.

In major golf events, they set the course up to be a test for the top players — not to make it as easy as possible. With pool, it seems like we make the game as easy as possible.

Maybe it’s because the organizers don’t understand the game, or they want it over as quick as possible. Obviously a match will end quickly when there is a guaranteed ball on the break, since there will be less safety play.

I think the majority of players want the nine ball on the spot with breaking in the box and call shot. The game has moved on now, and the standard worldwide is so high — so the game must be more difficult. In the past, nobody knew anything about the break, and balls were racked and broke, unlike the rack mechanics we have today. Now, we have different equipment and conditions.

If we all played one set of rules worldwide, people would understand the game better since it would be easier to follow. Players will understand how to practice for each event coming up. Then players’ meetings would not be needed — this saving a lot of time for both the players and organizers.

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For pool to be taken seriously as a sport going forward, it’s very important to unify the set of rules worldwide. I can’t think of any other sport where different rules are played each event.

Not only should the rules be standardized, but the pockets should be the same for all professional events. They should be four to four and quarter. Too many of the events use pocket sizes that are too big at a professional level. The same set of rules should be applied not only to professional levels, but amateur levels too.

It’s a simple fix.

My hopes for the sport I love are that these changes will take place, and the pool industry gets unified for the good of the sport and for the next generation.

It’s important to give the young players wishing to be professional in the future a chance to make a real living.


 

darren appleton bio picDarren “Dynamite” Appleton, from Pontefract West Yorkshire England, was into sports from a young age. A 15 years old his cousin was a professional English 8-ball pool player, and that’s how Darren got started. He joined a pool league with his brother, and never looked back. He went to national level very quickly, and turned professional at 19. He was number one in the world for six years in English 8-ball won over 200 tournaments—including over 30 major titles. In 2008 he started playing the tournament circuit full time. He won the world 10-ball that year, and the doors started opening up. He’s won world four world championships in four different disciplines; “I’m the only guy in history to win the 10, 8, and 9 and 8-ball world championships.” He is a five time Mosconi Cup champion, two time Challenge of Champions winner, two time US Open champion, plus many more. He now lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Angie.

 

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