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The Broken Rack is Back!

July 30th, 2014 The Broken Rack  - Emeryville, CA Photos and Article by: POV Pool   Open For Business! Emeryville, California welcomes back The Broken Rack this week, after being closed for More »

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Million Dollar Billiards’, 3-Cushion Event to be Streamed, Live!

July 25th & 26th  Million Dollar Billiards – 12135 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91606 Entries Still Being Taken – Call (323) 490-8075 3-Cushion Billiards Gets A Boost in SoCal!  The Billiard More »

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OB’s New OB ‘Plus’ Shafts Now Available!

June 21st, 2014 OB Cues Headquarters – Plano, TX OB ‘Plus’ Shaft!  OB Cues is very excited to announce the launch of a new era for our company and a new era More »

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POV Pool’s 3 Week Stream Schedule!

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA  June/July – 2014 Save the Dates! Please be sure to save the dates and catch the action on POV Pool – Below, you will find our More »

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$5,000 Added – Hard Times 10-Ball, Gears Up For Action!

July 11th – 13th, 2014 Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA                          The ‘Home Of Champions’ Gears Up for Action! On July More »

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POV Pool Streaming Action on Tuesday, April 22nd!

April 22nd, 2014 Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA Open Action Live Stream!  This just in! Join us on POV Pool for live, ‘open’ action coverage at Hard Times Billiards! Players, spectators More »

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The Broken Rack is Back!

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July 30th, 2014

The Broken Rack  - Emeryville, CA

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Open For Business!

Emeryville, 20140701_123920California welcomes back The Broken Rack this week, after being closed for relocation for over 3 months. With the owners Marilyn and Wayne Boucher, accompanied by Tim Butler, the general contractor, POV Pool was fortunate enough to get an exclusive tour through the new venue, which is located just across the tracks from the old location at the beautifully restored 10,000 sq foot, Bayer distribution and operations building. With a spacious atmosphere, the high ceilings, VIP lounge and a grand island bar, you can look forward to a refreshing experience on the NorCal pool scene with the same, pleasurable service of old.

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Spacious and Playable!

The (New) Broken Rack is a well-lit building that showcases 2 x Diamond, 9 foot tables (The Diamond Lane), 14 x Olhausen, 9 foot tables, 2 x Olhausen 8-Footers, 1 x Full size Brunswick Billiard Table and 1 Full Size Snooker Table. Raised, spectator seating will overlook the 9 foot tables and allow for future tournament action as well as a comfortable gathering with friends. The uniquely shaped, 800 square foot, VIP lounge is also a great addition to the Broken Rack’s ‘rep’. Enjoy a meal or a drink, hold a small party or event or simply bask the day away watching the Giants take the ‘Series’ or have eat your ‘Bowl’ while the 49ers take theirs. 20140701_124028

Kitchen and Dining!

Lunch, dinner or a midnight snack from their new and improved kitchen and menu will make the the island bar worth staying at, which seats over 15 and is adorned with flat screens and fresh beer-taps galore! In contrast to the old location, this bar is much more spacious, so be sure to spread out with your mates and dates.

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Diamonds and More!

In addition to the new and improved amenities at The Broken Rack, customers will definitely enjoy a run for their money on brand new 860 Simonis Cloth. All of the tables from the old location have been fully restored, the pockets completely rejuvenated by none other than Ernesto Dominguez. Marilyn Boucher states, “We went to great lengths to make sure these tables are going to be playable to both the casual and hardcore pool-playing public. We put a lot of thought into making this decision although a difficult one to make, ultimately we felt that the classic drop-pocket tables of the old location are something of a signature to the look and feel of our history as a billiard establishment, which we didn’t want to lose. Plans to expand the new ‘Diamond Lane’ from 2 to possibly 5 or 6 tables are in the works, but for now we think the investment of one additional Diamond table will be enough to capture the attention of traveling road players and visiting pros.”

Games and Fun For All!

The Broken Rack will also be one of the only pool halls in the Bay Area that will have a full size Snooker table, for all the worldly players in Northern California looking to pocket the red and colored balls.

For the amateur player looking to enjoy drinks and a good time with their friends, the intense 1-pocket money playing regular, the holiday 9-ball tournament player or the local business employee looking to getaway for a delicious lunch, the Broken Rack will definitely have it all.

The Broken Rack
5768 Peladeau St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 562-9808

www.thebrokenrack.com

Million Dollar Billiards’, 3-Cushion Event to be Streamed, Live!

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July 25th & 26th 

Million Dollar Billiards – 12135 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91606

Entries Still Being Taken – Call (323) 490-8075

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3-Cushion Billiards Gets A Boost in SoCal! 

The Billiard Community can thank, Hector Ocampo, owner of ‘Million Dollar Billiards’ in North Hollywood, CA who has been hard at work preparing for his biggest event since opening his doors in 2011, Frédéric Caudron, Pedro Piedrabuena and Kyung-Roul Kim are just a few of the huge names to look  for on July 25th and 26th, 2014. The event will be live streamed on POV Pool, With tournament direction and management by Ricky Carranco. Hector has made a point of bringing in some of the world’s top billiards playing talent to compete in this, 1st and hopefully annual, ‘Summer Tournament Of Champions’. With at least 40 participants expected, it’s an open event with a slight handicap for top players and semi-pros, giving the less skilled players a real chance to come in the money. It will be played on 7, ‘Paramount’ – Verhoeven Tables which are maintained by Insoo Park, Hector’s table mechanic of choice.

Live Streaming Scheduled on POV Pool!

POV Pool would like to thank Ricky Carranco for suggesting to Hector Ocampo to enlist our streaming service, which will commence at 9:00 AM / PST to feature the first day’s ’round robin’ format and carry on through the evening until we arrive at a final 16, single elimination bracket at 9:00 AM / PST the following morning.  The live stream will be free for all to enjoy.

POV Pool would also like to thank: Automated Entertainment, Kozoom, Hector Ocampo, OB Cues and Kamui Tips

 Live streaming on July 25th & 26th at 9:00am PST at http://www.povpool.com/action

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OB’s New OB ‘Plus’ Shafts Now Available!

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June 21st, 2014

OB Cues Headquarters – Plano, TX

OB ‘Plus’ Shaft! 

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OB Cues is very excited to announce the launch of a new era for our company and a new era for performance pool cue shafts. Since 2005, the design and performance of the OB Shafts have remained mostly unchanged….until now.
Introducing OB Plus Shafts:

  • The original laminated SR6 construction that we have used for the last 9 years has now been changed to a solid maple SR6+ construction.
  • All new OB Plus Shafts will come with a lifetime warranty against warpage!
  • The tip end mass in the new shafts has been reduced by an average of 13%. Less tip end mass is the primary key to less cueball deflection. You reduce the tip end mass and you reduce cueball deflection.
  • The carbon fiber pad and ferrule have been redesigned for improved strength and performance. The pad on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now recessed into the top of the ferrule. The ferrule material on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now linen melamine which is even stronger than before.
  • The maple that we are using on all of the new shafts is a higher grade that looks better and feels smoother.

In summary, our new shafts are built stronger, have a lifetime warpage warranty, play better, look better, feel better and are still 100% made in the USA! The new OB Plus shafts are replacing our current OB shafts and are available to order now and will start shipping next week on June 27th. You can order online directly from OB or you can contact your nearest dealer for availability and pricing. OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance pool cues and pool cue shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit www.obcues.com

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POV Pool’s 3 Week Stream Schedule!

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June/July – 2014

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Save the Dates!

Please be sure to save the dates and catch the action on POV Pool – Below, you will find our upcoming streams for the next 3 weeks.

1. Thursday Action on POV Pool

2. June 19th @ 5PM / PST 
3. Hard Times Billiards Bellflower
4. Free Live Stream
5. http://www.povpool.com/action

1. Hard Times One Pocket Tournament

2. July 5th @ 12:00 PM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream
5. http://www.povpool.com/action

1. Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball

2. July 6th @ 12:00 PM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream
5. http://www.povpool.com/action

1. Day 1 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open

2. July 11th @ 11:00 AM / PST
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream

1. Day 2 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open

2. July 12th @ 11:00 AM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream
5. http://www.povpool.com/action

1. Day 3 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open

2. July 13th @ 11:00 AM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream
5. http://www.povpool.com/action

$5,000 Added – Hard Times 10-Ball, Gears Up For Action!

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July 11th – 13th, 2014

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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The ‘Home Of Champions’ Gears Up for Action!

On July 11th-13th and for the 5th year in a row, Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower will be hosting its annual ‘Hard Times 10-Ball Open’ tournament.. With $5,000 added money and POV Pool’s live streaming preparations underway, it’ll be another unforgettable event. Won by Carlo Biado last year, he bested Alex Pagulayan in a landslide final battle, 11 games to 1. Hard Times 10 Ball always attracts an assorted field of the best from all over the world and we can only guess who will be this year’s champion to rise to the top. Past top finishers of this event have been, Dennis Orcullo, Shane VanBoening, Ralf Souquet, Wang Can, Rodney Morris, Manny Chau, Max Eberle, Scott Frost and many others.

Confirmed So Far…

The internationally known pool promoter, author and tournament director, Jay Helfert has confirmed with POV Pool that Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcullo are confirmed for this years event. Also, widely known to be an agent and manager for two other players whilst on the West Coast, we have a confirmation from Brook Thomason that Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes will also be competing. Reigning CSI, US Open 10-Ball Champion, Rodney Morris states that he will compete this year, just before flying to Japan for The Japan Open in Tokyo. And, there has been some discussion that Shane VanBoening may also make an appearance which, if this is the case, means it’s a matter of time before the rest will follow. No word yet as to whether we will be seeing any number of these 4 players: Ko Pin Yi, Ko Pin Chung, Chang Jun Ling and Cheng Yu Hsuan who are travelling from Taiwan to play in Las Vegas this year for the CSI, U.S. Open events. As they develop, more player and promotional updates can be found on The Hard Times 10-Ball’s, Facebook Event Page.

 West State Billiards named as Main Sponsor!

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This year’s main sponsor or the event will be none other than Southern California’s West State Billiards, located in Fullerton, CA – Operating since 1946, West State Billiards will be providing brand new 860 Simonis Brand cloth for 20 tables, soon to be installed by the Dominguez Family (Ernesto and Oscar). Tournament direction will be led by professional pool player and longtime house-pro at Hard Times, Dave Hemmah. With the new equipment and strong tournament leadership the entrants of this year’s event can expect nothing but the best quality and service at this annual event.

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 Live Streaming and Video Coverage on POV Pool!

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The 3 day event will be live-streamed for free and viewable at www.POVpool.com. Special guest commentators are expected and a few promotional surprises from sponsors are being arranged out for POV Pool supporters and viewers. POV Pool is sponsored by Kamui_logoBlackKamui TipsNew OB Logo 2013 for black background jpegOB CuesAutomated Logo DARKAutomated Entertainment and Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 12.29.33 PMRunOut Apps. Additional promotional and editorial thanks also to, GoPlayPool, AZ Billiards, NYC Grind, Live Stream NewsInside Pool, Dave Hemmah, Marielle Lim, Mike Piyasambun, Hard Times Staff, Ashi Fachler, Geraldine Thibodeau.   

Information and Resources

Event Details

The 5th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament
$125 Entry – $150 After July 3rd, 2014
$5,000 Added
Open to 96 Players
Double Elimination Race to 9
10-Ball / Call Pocket
3-Fouls / Jumps Allowed / Measle Ball / Magic Rack (Optional)
Entry Form

For More Info

Hard Times 10-Ball’s Facebook ‘Event’ page

Hard Times Billiards Group Page

Live Stream Broadcast PagePOV Pool / Ustream

AZ Forum Discussion and Forum Questions  

 Sponsors

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Players Confirmed (As of June 15th)

Dennis Orcullo
Warren Kiamco
Efren Reyes
Francisco Bustamante
Dennis Hatch
Oscar Dominguez
Ernesto Dominguez
Ramon Mistica

Contact

Daniel Busch –

Hard Times Billiards

17450 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-867-7733

POV Pool Streaming Action on Tuesday, April 22nd!

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April 22nd, 2014

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Open Action Live Stream! 

This just in! Join us on POV Pool for live, ‘open’ action coverage at Hard Times Billiards! Players, spectators and pool action junkies are welcome to attend live at the venue for free all day and for live broadcast, starting at 3PM / PST.

Live Stream Link with interactive Chat interface: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

Enjoy!

POV Pool is proudly sponsored by: Kamui Tips, OB Cues and RunOut Apps!

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Mike Dechaine Joins the ‘OB Pro’ Team of Players!

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April 9th, 2014

OB Cues Headquarters – Plano, Texas

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Mike Dechaine Embraces OB! 

We are pleased to announce that Mike ‘Fireball’ Dechaine has joined the OB Pro Team of players. Mike was born in Waterville, Maine and now resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he plays out of Snookers Sports Bar & Grill (who also sponsor him) . At the young age of 26, Mike has already been playing Pro for the last 7 years and has won several large events which include the Ultimate 10 Ball Championship in 2011 and the Turning Stone Casino Classic XIX in 2012. Mike has also proudly represented the USA twice in the prestigious Mosconi Cup both in 2011 and 2012. In the last 2 years Mike has proven to be one of the most consistent American players competing today with a string of high finishes in almost every event he competes in.

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Mike had this to say about the move to OB “Switching to OB has been one of the best decisions in my professional career. OB focuses on two of the main ingredients when perfecting their low deflection shafts, consistency and quality. I am looking forward to this successful relationship.” Shane Sinnott (Director of Sales & Marketing for OB) said this about their newest team member “Mike is a very exciting player to watch and has a very large following of fans, especially in the North East. He has what many people consider to be one of the hardest breaks in Pool today and it will be exciting for us and for his fans to see how this next chapter in his pool career unfolds now that he is using OB products as the tools of his trade”

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OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance Pool Cues and Pool Cue Shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit www.obcues.com or like OB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/obcues

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POV Pool to stream The Andy Mercer in Las Vegas!

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March 21st -23rd, 2014

The Rum Runner Lounge – Las Vegas, NV

Watch This Event!

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POV Pool at The Rum Runner Lounge!  

On March 21st thru 23rd, The Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas will, once again host The Andy Mercer 9-Ball Memorial Tournament which now sees its 24th year and running. The mystique which this event carries could well be explained by the consistent attendance of talented Vegas locals and top professional players.

Field Is Full! 

This year’s 24th Annual event will be live-streamed on www.povpool.com – Preparations are underway to provide ‘free’ and Pay-Per-View access to the event with a portion of the PPV proceeds going directly to the players prize fund, using POV Pool’s ‘LSRS’ or Revenue Sharing program, which is still under development. The exact amount to be added to the prize fund will be announced on POV Pool’s live stream during the final rounds of Day 3 of the event.

Please stay tuned for more information on this event, which will include a detailed list of players, sponsors, PPV tickets and more.

POV Pool thanks: The Vegas Billiars Buzz, Geno Hill, Ryan Deberg, Fast N’ Loose Designs, Geraldine Thibodeau

Field is FULL! Check out the players!

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TAP League’s, 2014 – Rally Event, Streamed ‘Live’ from The Super Billiards Expo!

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March 13th – 16th, 2014

Super Billiards Expo – New Jersey Expo Center – Edison, NJ

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POV Pool to Live-Stream TAP, Pools Amateur Tour “Rally” in Edison Event!

TAP, Pools Amateur Tour will hold their largest tournament ever at this years’ Rally in Edison, NJ in conjunction with Allen Hopkins’ Productions Super Billiards Expo. Players Nationwide will converge upon The New Jersey Expo Center, which is hosting the largest consumer oriented billiards trade-show in the world. TAP will welcome over 2,000 members and their licensees to compete in the annual “Rally Dream Teams” events for both 8 and 9 Ball Formats.2014_RALLY_TEE_2

TAP has again contracted the services of Point Of View Pool (http://www.povpool.com) to produce the live-streaming of all featured matches of the ‘Dream Team’ and ‘Singles Classic’, Interview management and licensees, and promote this 18th Annual Rally event for the enjoyment of their players’ families, their local leagues who could not make the event and potential amateur players.

The Schonter Family/Corporate Office, Events Director Kelly Nace and all TAP Tournament Staff which is comprised of Licensees work hard year after year to produce the highest quality billiard events for players across the country. This will be the largest event ever in TAPs 25 year history and is going to be quite a show.

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TAP, LLC., which was founded in 1989 by the late Loyd Schonter, is known as the fastest growing amateur pool league in the United States. TAP places a special focus on sportsmanship, etiquette and an attitude of living by the motto, “Always for the Player”. Loyd was a pioneer in the amateur league arena. He was always looking for ‘bigger and better’. 2014 brings a lot to TAP, its Licensees and Players that he was working on and planning for quite some time. Some of those plans will be revealed at the National Meeting that Corporate is having with it’s Licensees on Thursday, March 13th. Loyd shared a vision that he wanted for not only TAP but also the billiard industry. Now his legacy and vision will be carried on as indicated by Kristen, Celeste & Chuck Schonter. TAP will move forward and we will make it all happen and in the timeframe he wanted in 2014. Also, TAP recently launched a new cell-phone scoring which is an industry first, ensuring all members a fun night out, generating less paperwork and producing updated stats with the click of a few buttons

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TAP has the most common and widely accepted rules format in the industry, has a structure and format that provides more to the Amateur Player than any other league. Created in 2007 by Loyd, the ‘POOL Net’ database, which is used to manage the TAP handicap system, membership,  tournament management and player statistics. POOL Net will also be unveiling a upgrade in 2014. There is another major format about to be released in TAP X, which joins the other formats TAP hosts, Call pocket 8 Ball, 9 Ball and 10 Ball events across the country. In Team, Single, and Scotch Double Formats.

Loyd will always be remembered with a great deal of love and respect by all at TAP, and it will be interesting to see the roll out of all the new things he had in mind, as they become a reality in 2014. As he would always say and TAP will do – TAP ON and POV Pool will be in the epicenter, providing live coverage on POV Pool’s Ustream ChannelScreen Shot 2014-03-05 at 4.31.18 PM

Live Stream Information – 4 Days of Action!

POV Pool will begin streaming the 2014, TAP ‘Rally in Edison’ events on March 13th at 5pm EST – 12am EST and will be looking forward to streaming morning events starting as early as 8am EST and all throughout the evening on the following days, until March 16th which will be the finals for the team events.

Licensees, team captains and/or team coaches are encouraged to make appearances and help out with commentary in the live stream area, as there will be long hours and hundreds of players to gain recognition on POV Pool on behalf of the league.

 

March 13th – 16th @ The Super Billiards Expo! 

Live Stream Link with ‘Chat’ room:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

TAP’s Rally Event is Sponsored by: McDermott Cues, Kamui Tips, and RunOut Apps

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