USBA’s 2018 Exclusive ‘B’ Tournament & Carom CLASH!
2017’s Year-End events on POV Pool
GoPlayPool Releases Updated Directory and System
October 2017’s, Texas ACS 8-Ball State Championships!
POV Pool – Back To Hard Times!

Welcome To POV Pool!

The 2017 NAPT Women’s Pro 10 Ball ‘Desert Challenge!’

FINALS DAY! Live from Griff’s in Las Vegas, Nov 5th, 2017

Hard Times 1st Weekend / NOV 4th and 5th, 2017

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OCT. 26th-29th 10AM PST ••••• The Texas ACS, 8-Ball State Championships

NOV. 4th-5th 11AM PST ••••• Hard Times Billiards ‘1st Weekend Tournaments!’

DEC. 1st-3rd 11AM PST  ••••• POVPOOL’s 6 Year Anniversary Event (Details TBA)

DEC. 16th 11AM PST  ••••• Sharky’s presents: The 1st Annual “Tiger 8-BRAWL”

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USBA’s 2018 Exclusive ‘B’ Tournament & Carom CLASH!


POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

October 28, 2017

Story By: Geraldine Thibodeau

Edited by: Daniel Busch

3 Cushion Billiards competition set for Casino Del Sol 






5655 West Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85787
January 8th-14th, 2018

In January of 2018, The United States Billiard Association (USBA) will hold its prestigious 3-cushion tournament and team duel at Tucson, Arizona’s premier resort and casino/venue, Casino Del Sol. The 7-day event from January 8th-14th will consist of a ‘B’ level tournament open to 48 players. Entries for both events are currently being reserved via email at or by phone with USBA President, Mazin Shooni at: (248) 910-4466.

In the ‘B’-level event, the entrants will compete amongst themselves without having to matchup against the 3-cushion pros. Depending upon your average, the entry fee varies:

.850 below $300

.700 below $225

.500 below $150

Ladies play free!

If you’re 65 or older, you get 10% off your entry fee!






Which duo has what it takes to conquer the Carom Clash? 2006 USBA National Champion, Mazin Shooni and 2005 BCA Hall of Famer, Mike Massey will take on Top U.S. 3-cushion player, Gilbert Najm and 2017 BCA Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Rossman in this epic battle in Arizona!

Much like the gunfight at the OK Corral, in Tombstone…these competitors will be taking on will be dueling in their own shootout! The format will showcase each of the players to play against each other in this grand 3-cushion match!


Mazin Shooni vs. Gilbert Najmj

Mike Massey vs. Tom Rossman

Mazin Shooni vs. Tom Rossman 

Gilbert Najm vs. Mike Massey

The USBA Thanks its Sponsors!

It is not without the help of its sponsors that the United States Billiard Association is able to provide its members with events such as these. With continued success The USBA strives to add more events to its roster. so that players can experience billiard competition at its highest level and quality in the Nation. Their most gracious. ‘headline’ sponsor, Gabriel’s Billiards has made it possible to provide this event with 5 x ‘Imperator V’ heated billiard tables, graced with factory delivered, Simonis ‘300’ tournament cloth from Simonis and also using premium, Aramith tournament billiard balls. USBA also thanks the Casino Del Sol for showing great interest and making direct investments of space and accommodations for cue-sports events such as this. The USBA could also not be able to provide prize funds and additional tournament services without direct financial and product support from, Tiger Products, McDermott Cues and the Cheqio Brand. And finally, the USBA also shows its gratitude for the support of Paul Frankel and Professor Q Ball’s, National and 3-Cushion News for promotional, editorial and logistical contributions.

usbasp aramith cheqio  simonis tiger mcd 


POV Pool will be presenting the LIVE Stream for the USBA Nationals on



Additional Media Support:
3c  pqb 
Live Stream & Updates will be provided by Point of View Pool Media. Brackets will be available on Updates will also be provided Paul Frankel on and Doug Deitel on and

Other Notes: 

Players in the tournament are required to stay at Casino Del Sol Resort
All registered players will receive a Free Buffet and Discounted Room Price of $99 for a double room
Please use offer code: USBATCT to receive the group rate
Casino Del Sol Reservations 1-855-SOL-PLAY (765-7829)

If you would like more information regarding this event or other USBA events, contact:
Mazin Shooni at 248.910.4466 or email him at

2017’s Year-End events on POV Pool

October 20th, 2017

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA 

By: Daniel Busch

Daniel & Geraldine of POV Pool Media

So, you’ve made all the stripes on the table and you’re left with the 8…

Well, POV Pool will be left with an ‘8’ at the end of 2017. But, before we get there, we’ve got patterns to play, a cue-ball to control and even more balls to sink. So, here’s our list of events streaming live on POV Pool as we get closer to hill for the end of this year. Save the dates, tell a friend and ‘Keep Loving Pool’!

On these events we’d like to give a ‘Special Thanks’ to, OB Cues, Jerry Oliver Custom Cues, Bryant Billiards, Red Tree Jewelry, Outsville Inc., John and Karen Barton of JB Cases, Tiger Products, IV Organics, The Texas ACS League, Janet Ybarra, Chris Swart, Heriberto Arreguin, Tom Wirth, Ray and Janette Cruz, Mark Cantrill, Dave Hemmah, Shirell Ivey, Joey Chin, Frank Almanza, Al Moreno and Tony Torres; and to all of you who play and participate (too many to name).

October 26th-29th • The Texas ACS 8 Ball State Championships!

On October 26nd-29th, POV Pool is off to The Lone Star State; working with the Texas American Cue Sports Alliance to provide live streamed coverage from Belton, of the Texas ACS, 8 Ball State Championships, consisting of a series of back to back competitions. Covering the men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed teams, women’s teams and scotch doubles competitions, we invite you to join us live for the action with a rotation of guest commentators, live bracket updates and other ACS related news and announcements. Added money and live streaming services are made possible in part by OB Cues, Jerry Olivier Custom Cues, Bryant Billiards, Frideres Billiard Supply and Red Tree Jewelry.


November 3rd-5th • The NAPT Women’s Pro, ‘Desert Challenge!’

Join us on POV POOL’s YouTube Channel, Streaming LIVE from Griff’s in Las Vegas Nevada!

Check out the NAPT on Facebook:

The North American Pool Tour (NAPT) is excited to announce that the Desert Challenge will be held at Griff’s in Las Vegas, November 2-5, 2017. Guaranteed $5000 is added to the prize fund, bringing the total purse to $21,000, with a full field of 64 players.

Griff’s is a classy non-smoking 8,000-square-foot pool and billiard hall with a full restaurant and bar located at 3650 South Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Owner Mark Griffin’s desire is to provide Las Vegas with a billiards room that gives pool the respect it deserves. A tasteful, sleek, modern and clean venue that’s as nice as any nightclub in Vegas. Griff’s offers great food, cool drinks, league play opportunities, and an inviting, upscale, non-smoking atmosphere featuring (9) 9-foot Diamond pool tables; (12) 7-foot Diamond pool tables; a 9-foot Chinese 8-Ball table; and an antique 12-foot Brunswick snooker/golf table. Raised bench seating surrounds the billiards area, offering comfortable seating for guests and providing the ability to watch sporting events on the 25 flat screen televisions from anywhere in the room. Call 702-222-1011 to find out more.

This Women’s Division I (pro) tournament attracts some of the most talented women players from all over North America. The format is double elimination, limited to 64 players.

Professionally ranked players receive personal invitations. Division II (semi-pro/regional) players earn invitations by entering Division II Regional Tour qualifier tournaments.

There are ten, Division II Regional Tours throughout North America. These regional tours are considered ‘feeders’ for the NAPT Division I events and provides an opportunity for woman players to reach their highest levels of competition. The NAPT is currently finalizing other 2017 tour stops throughout North America. For up to date tournament and membership information, and to find regional tour territories and tour director contact information, visit

In our effort to continue to provide quality opportunities to promote our sport, as well as provide national exposure for your business, NAPT is actively considering 2017 sponsorship bids for individual tour stops as well as annual tour title sponsorships. With many options available, we can accommodate every budget. We welcome representation from all industries. Please contact, Adrianne Beach () or Kelly Nickl () to discuss detailed


November 4th-5th • Hard Times Billiards 1st Weekend!

This November, our return home to Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower will be a little different. Yes, of course the Hard Times ‘1st weekend tournaments; One-Pocket Saturday and 9-Ball Sunday, will be streaming live on our YouTube Channel and, to sweeten the pot this month, POV Pool will hold a small raffle of various accessories from Tiger Products and Outsville Inc., bringing some Accu Racks and Great White Chalk! We will also be giving away Scott Frost and Mika Immonen DVD’s and a couple of posters from the 2016 West Coast Swing events and a very special gift from Tom Wirth; his book entitled “One Pocket: A Game of Controlled Aggression”. A percentage of the proceeds from this raffle will be added to this month’s prize fund so, don’t be a turkey this November and rack-em up!

December 1st-3rd • POV Pool’s 6th Anniversary!

California Billiards in Fremont, is currently taking entries and will host POV Pool’s 6th anniversary tournaments featuring, some of the best of California’s talent-pool and, a few surprise entrants from other parts of the world. The 3-day event will kick off with a $300 added single elimination early evening ‘9 Ball’ tournament and, followed by a 2-day, $2,000 added one-pocket tournament. No green fees and all monies paid out, you can download your entry form below or enter by phone with your credit card at: 510-668-1670. Celebrate 6 years of broadcast history with Point Of View Pool Media by tuning into POV Pool’s YouTube Channel for this very special, free stream. We will also be raffling a very special ‘Bobby Hunter Cue with 2 custom, Tiger shafts’, a couple of JB Cases from John Barton and some Great White Chalk, compliments of Outsville, Inc.

Brackets By CompuSport!

Download Entry Form!


December 16th • The 1st Annual $1,000 Added – “Tiger 8-BRAWL!” 

Taking Entries! Heads-up, ‘8 Ballers’; Sharky’s Billiards in Lancaster, California is celebrating its first year of new ownership by pool enthusiast, Ray Cruz and he would like to invite everyone to play a new, annual tournament brought to you by, Tiger Products. The Sharky’s venue comes complete with hot food, bottled and tap’d beverages with, 18 Gold Crown 1’s and 2’s. Tiger Products is gifting a ‘Traveler Series Cue’ and other accessories while, Outsville is bringing in Accu-Racks and Great White Chalk to the table, giving everyone at the venue a chance to win some cool gear. Open to 64 players, this will be a handicapped format, event with all the rules and criteria available at their

“Tiger 8 Brawl” – Facebook Event Page.

Brackets by CompuSport!

Download Entry Form!


Red Tree Jewelry

GoPlayPool Releases Updated Directory and System

October 3rd, 2017

26895 Aliso Creek Road.

Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656

  • Phone 949-922-2454

GoPlayPool includes new Membership packages to business owners

Aliso Viejo, CA- October 3, 2017:  GoPlayPool released its app, mobile site and website 5 years ago this September.  Within days of the anniversary, they launched their newly updated system and directory.  GoPlayPool features the most updated and current directory of pool halls and establishments featuring pool tables.  With their newly updated system, users can now take advantage of the search engine, making it easier than ever to find places to play pool and more.

The directory itself has had a huge facelift and includes much more information than before.  After thousands of hours of scouring the internet, making phone calls and even going on cross-country road trips, GoPlayPool owners, Ramin Bakhtiari and Mary Ann Starkey have personally gathered the information which is included in the directory listings.  Users can quickly see which places have age restrictions and if they feature leagues and tournaments.  They can also update information about a location as well as letting us know when locations close.  They can also add rooms that we don’t have listed and give us detailed information.  This information can also be updated and added by the business owners and management themselves.  This is where the GoPlayPool Memberships come in.

Pool halls, bars, recreation facilities, bowling alleys, members-only establishments, and even gentlemen’s clubs are listed in our directory and each and every one of them can become a GoPlayPool Member Room.  GoPlayPool offers monthly and yearly memberships, both of which are very affordable.  Memberships allow businesses to promote any and all events, specials, tournaments and league information, as well as listing all of the entertainment amenities they offer.  Everything from promoting dart leagues to showing off their food or drink menus can be included in their profile.   Members can also use push notifications to let people know about special events.  Push notifications target GoPlayPool users in specific areas.  This might include a radius from a zip code, city, state or even nationwide.  Businesses are also encouraged to promote military, student and membership discounts through GoPlayPool.  The new search engine will also help users find places which offer these amenities.

Some might say they can already do all of that for free on their social media accounts.   This is true.  However, you’re advertising to the same people over and over again.  GoPlayPool has a goal of helping businesses gain new customers as well as keeping their current fans updated on the latest happenings.  GoPlayPool owner, Mary Ann Starkey says, “Our marketing efforts will help other businesses.  Our users aren’t just pool players.  They are college students, traveling truckers, and even people from across the world that frequently travel to the U.S.  Not only do we believe we can help steer more customers to our Member Rooms, we believe that our members see more value in their profile on our system and therefore, do more to keep it updated and fresh. “

Another issue that might convince business owners and establishments to sign up with GoPlayPool is something that both GoPlayPool Co-Owners experienced in their pursuit to update the directory.  Mary Ann said, “You’d be shocked at how many businesses are listed as being closed by Yelp, Facebook, Google and more.  After checking personally and making phone calls, I discovered that there are a large amount of places that are probably losing out on a lot of business because of this.”  When businesses become GoPlayPool Members, they can get tips and tricks to help boost their online presence and fix all of these issues that might be affecting their clientele.  Mary Ann also stated, “I noticed a trend in phone calls.  Places that I called which were supposedly closed, the employees didn’t seem to know much about the place they were working.  They didn’t know how many pool tables there were or if there were tournaments.  Informing hired employees should be priority number one if you’re to ever draw in curious callers or customers.”

If you already have the GoPlayPool App installed on your devices, it is recommended that you re-install the app to make sure the new features are updated.   As always, there are no pop-up advertisements and users are not required to login to use the GoPlayPool App or website.  GoPlayPool advises that they utilize Google Maps so all addresses are based off of the Google Map system.  For example, a room that could be considered to be located in Los Angeles might actually be listed under Lakewood and vice versa.  Despite this, the GoPlayPool system is now more organized and easier to use.

The GoPlayPool App is available on both Android and Apple devices.  It is 100% free to download and use.  Visit to learn more about the available features or to become a GoPlayPool Member location.


October 2017’s, Texas ACS 8-Ball State Championships!

October 1st, 2017

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

By Daniel Busch and Janet Ybarra

For more information, go directly to the Texas ACS website at:

Gearing up for the Texas ACS – “State Championships”! 

On, October 26th-29th, 2017!

$5,000 Added!

The 13th annual ACS Texas State Championships are upon us and growing strong each year! Entries are still being taken for each competition which, will be held at The Bell County Expo Center – 301 W. Loop 121-Belton, TX 76513.

Along with monies added each year to this event, free entries to the ACS National 8 Ball Championships are awarded to the 1st place winners of each division. With ACS Nationals held in May of each year in Las Vegas, the players really strive to win ACS Texas State Championships. Founded in 2004 under the guidance of American CueSports Alliance, the ACS Texas is a non profit organization formed to promote the sport of billiards in its communities and entire state of Texas.





ACS Texas is 1600+ members strong and growing with the support of ACS Texas board members (league operators), ACS Texas continues to grow in numbers of all aspects; under the direction of it’s Executive Officers (Pictured: Left to Right (Below): Ren Roberts, President; Angelina Dean, Vice President; Connie Svoboda, Secretary; and Janet Ybarra, Treasurer. With the support of ACS Texas board members (league operators), ACS Texas continues to grow in numbers of all aspects.

Find us on Facebook at: ACS Texas

Announcing: Live-action coverage by POV Pool!  

Brought to you by:  

With great ‘Thanks’ in part to the Texas ACS Sponsors: OB Cues, Jerry Olivier Custom Cues and Repair, Bryant Billiards, Frideres Billiard Supply and Red Tree Jewelry – POV Pool will be on location this year to to provide free, live-streamed coverage of all four days of the event. Players, friends, families and fans will be able to follow and track progress with access to POVPOOL’s YouTube Channel. Live bracket reporting from CompuSport will also be available on the live stream with in picture bracket displays and tracking. All matches will be posted fully to YouTube within 30 days of broadcast.

The Texas ACS Live Stream Schedule on POV POOL: 

  • Oct 26th @ 10AM – Scotch Doubles 8-Ball (All Day)
  • Oct 26th/27th @ 7PM – Singles 8 Ball
  • Oct 28th/29th @ 10AM – Teams 8-Ball

Join us for the action and ‘Keep Loving Pool’! 


POV Pool – Back To Hard Times!

September 27th, 2017

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

by: Daniel Busch

POV Pool Returns to Hard Times Bellflower!

At long last, it has been almost a year since POV Pool has been available to live-stream the Hard Times Bellflower – 1st Saturday/Sunday Tournaments. Be sure to join us for shenanigans featuring some of our usual suspects, Fach Garcia, Dave Hemmah, Johnny Kang, Frank ‘da Barber’ Almanza, Wayne Pullen, Santos Sambajon Jr., Ken Thomason and a host of new talent that has come out of the woodwork since our last ‘monthly’ stream at HTB in October of 2016.

Hard Times Billiards is and always will be known as, ‘The Home Of Champions’ which, was built in 1986 by Chuck Markulis and has always been hailed as a room for action and competition. The ‘HTB Monthly’ is probably the longest running and most difficult ‘pool workouts’ in the country that, has endured surprise visits by pool greats such as, Lou and Sal Butera, Mika Immonen, Rodney Morris, Ramon Mistica, Edgie Geronimo, Vilmos Foldes, Dennis Hatch, Alex Pagulayan, Brandon Shuff, Shane VanBoening, Oscar Dominguez, Rafael Martinez and many, many others. With a constantly rotating and extraordinary talent in Southern California, the match upsets can be unpredictable and unbelievable, leaving even the seasoned pro scratching their heads.

Open Entries: Join us this weekend / Sept 30-Oct 1

This weekend will see Saturday’s Monthly One Pocket and Sunday’s monthly 9-Ball OPEN tournaments (9Ball ‘handicapped’ only if playing a pro).

Hard Times Billiards 

17450 Bellflower Blvd

Bellflower, CA 90706

(562) 867-7733

Saturday One Pocket

  • 12:30 PM – Sign Ups and Practice
  • 1:00 PM – Start Time
  • Entry: $20
  • Added: $100 Guaranteed
  • Average Attendance: 24
  • Tournament Director: Joey Chin, Tony Torres, Dave Hemmah Shirell Ivey (Depends on availability)

Sunday 9-Ball

  • 12:30 PM – Sign Ups and Practice
  • 1:00 PM – Start Time
  • Entry: $30
  • Added: $400 Guaranteed
  • Average Attendance: 50
  • Tournament Director: Joey Chin, Tony Torres, Dave Hemmah Shirell Ivey (Depends on availability)

Live Stream on POV Pool:

Join us for live streaming on POV Pool’s YouTube Channel and don’t forget to spread the word; share the link/s!



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