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Vilmos Foldes vs Rodrigo Geronimo – 10 Ball Action Match!
POV Pool – Streaming BIG action on Thursday Night! Gary’s Victor Billiards in Victorville, CA will be hosting two HUGE matches simultaneously. POV Pool will be there to live stream one of More »
November 15th-16th, 2015 On Cue Billiards – La Mesa, CA Find the Action at On Cue Billiards! The Mezz West State Tour’s show will travel a south this weekend to La Mesa, More »
November 9th, 2014 Billiard Palacade – San Francisco, CA The Mezz West State Tour traveled to San Francisco, CA to the Billiard Palacade owned and operated by the enormously generous and kind, More »
By: Daniel Busch November 8th/9th, 2014 Billiard Palacade – San Francisco, CA Mezz West State Tour’s visit to a ‘Theater Of Dreams’! If it’s good enough for Yelp, then I’m in! More »
POV Pool – Streaming BIG action on Thursday Night!
Gary’s Victor Billiards in Victorville, CA will be hosting two HUGE matches simultaneously. POV Pool will be there to live stream one of them and provide partial coverage of the other. As with many POV Pool broadcasts, there is very little time for fanfare and promotion. It is highly recommended to please share the news and get the word out.
Gary’s Victor Billiards will be a packed house!
Gary’s Victor Billiards
14464 Atstar St #210
Victorville, CA 92395
Donations to POV Pool are greatly appreciated!
Prize fund based on 95 players (Two Players are sponsored by West State Billiards)
Updated Bracket: Click to watch!
Updated Bracket: Click to watch!
Day Two Matches: Top 24
Winner’s Side 10AM PST
Tim Daniel vs. Kevin May
Victor Ignacio vs. Vilmos Foldes
Ray Robles vs. Chris Fangre
Omar Vachhani vs. Ray Rey
Tang Hoa vs. Bob Jocz
Santos Sambajon vs. Ernesto Dominguez
Jay Helfert vs. Dave Hemmah
Babken Melkonyan vs. Amir Soshan
One-Loss Side 11AM PST
Attila Bezdan vs. Bob Jocz
Jaden Brock vs. Ernesto Dominguez
Dave Gorham vs. Jay Helfert
Ramin Bakhtiari vs. Babken Melkonyan
Clint Palaci vs. Kevin May
Scott White vs. Vilmos Foldes
Rodney Wynn vs. Ray Robles
Oscar Dominguez vs. Ray Rey
Tim Daniel vs. Victor Ignacio
Dave Hemmah vs. Amir Shoshan
Omar Vachhani vs. Chris Fangre
Santos Sambajon vs. Tang Hoa
Attila Bezdan vs. Ernesto Dominguez
Dave Gorham vs. Babken Melkonyan
Kevin May vs. Vilmos Foldes
Ray Robles vs. Oscar Dominguez
Vilmos Foldes vs. Tang Hoa
November 15th-16th, 2015
On Cue Billiards – La Mesa, CA
The Mezz West State Tour’s show will travel a south this weekend to La Mesa, CA for Stop #6 at Clyde Nooris’s, On Cue Billiards! Played on the beautifully maintained, Gold Crown III’s, POV Pool will be there to cover the action for live broadcast on www.povpool.com Pool fans and followers are welcome to attend the venue at no charge. On Cue Billiards has plenty of parking, which also shares the same parking lot as Dave Whitsell’s, Quality Billiards Pro Shop. The house is sure to be packed!
Beginning at 8:00 PM on Friday, November 14th and free for spectators to enjoy, On Cue Billiards is hosting a special ‘Artistic Pool and Trick-shot Exhibition’ by two talented and innovative competitors on the artistic pool scene, Marty Carey (World Ranked #20) and Abram Diaz (World Ranked #4).
1. Arturo Rivera
2. Attila Bezdan
3. Barbara Lee
4. Beau Runnigen
5. Brian Elwell
6. Brooke Thomason
7. Chris Robinson
8. Ernesto Dominguez
9. Fach Garcia
10. Frank Robutz
11. Hiroko Makiyama
12. Jaden Brock
13. Jason Ferroni
14. Jason Gilbert
15. Jenny Lee
16. John Ferguson
17. John Schmit
18. Johnny Kang
19. Josh Winkleman
20. Juice Rock!
21. Justin Logan
22. Kevin May
23. Lila Woodland
24. Louis Ulrich
25. Melissa Hernadon
26. Mike Adame
27. Mike Meeker
28. Oscar Dominguez
29. Phil Prentice
30. Ray Pajarillo
31. Rodrigo Geronimo
32. Rudy Yee
33. Steve Mansfield
34. Victor Ignacio
35. Vilmos Foldes
The Mezz West State Tour traveled to San Francisco, CA to the Billiard Palacade owned and operated by the enormously generous and kind, Frankie Murcia Jr. and family. A great field of 73 players came from all over California, Nevada, and even from Europe. The 5th stop of the tour was 10 ball to be played on the 13 beautiful AMF antique tables which Billiard Palacade had re-felted specifically for this event.
The top half of the bracket was dominated by World Cup of Pool team India member, Amar Kang. The Sacramento, California ace has had excellent results on the tour and for years on the west coast with elite players. Some of his victories included a strong win over Filipino champion, Rodrigo Geronimo, Deo Alpojara, Johnny Kang, and Oscar Dominguez for the hotseat. As previously mentioned, Oscar Dominguez came up short to Kang in the hotseat but not before disposing of several strong local talent and Romanian expat, only known as Babken on the bottom half of the bracket.
On the losers side, several upsets took place including the fairly early departure of tour points leader, Rodrigo Geronimo by Hungarian young gun, Attila Bezdan after defeating his best friend and road partner Vilmos Foldes. In addition, former junior national champion, Beau Runningen, fought valiantly on the losers side after a loss to Deo Alpojara. Beau went on to defeat the always tough Justin Logan, Johnny Kang, and Babken until he ran into Dominguez who stopped Beau, from going to the finals.
The finals between Amar and Oscar would be a true double elimination where Oscar needed to win twice for the victory while Amar needed to only win once. After a strong start by Kang to lead 7-2, Dominguez forged a comeback to win 9-7 and force a second and deciding set. The duo agreed to call it a night as it was 3 am and it would be safer for all parties driving home that night.
Also, the Mezz West State Tour would like to congratulate Emilyn Collado on her Top Female finish!
The Mezz West State Tour would like to thank their sponsors: Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, Kurzweil’s Country Meats, AZBilliards, NYCGrind, Fast&Loose Designs, ZAN tips, POVPool, and Turtle Rack. Also, a very special thank you to Francisco Murcia and his entire family for their warm hospitality and generosity to promote the sport we all love.
Next stop is at On Cue Billiards in La Mesa, CA. We hope to see you there and be sure to tune in to www.povpool.com to watch all the action live and free!
By: Daniel Busch
November 8th/9th, 2014
Billiard Palacade – San Francisco, CA
If it’s good enough for Yelp, then I’m in! Nestled in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco, The Mezz West State Tour get’s ready to take the stage at The Billiard Palacade. Built in 1927, Palacade occupies one of the original 12 buildings that made up the theater district on Mission Blvd. It wasn’t until 1972 that Frankie Murcia bought the building with plans to re-open as a bowling alley. It’s not quite clear why billiards beat out the bowling plan but it did; and to this day, Mission District regulars and traveling pool-players can enjoy the ambiance of this well kept, soon to be historical landmark, that has been well preserved by the Murcia Family. The Billiard Palacade is now under the care of Frankie Murcia, Jr. and his three Sisters who took over after Frankie (Sr.) retired in 2008.
Besides their professional pool-playing status, Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez are widely known throughout the United States as two of the industry’s best known table mechanics. And, The Mezz West State Tour’s venues have become a virtual proving ground for them, as we see each stop’s collection of various tables transformed for professional competition. So far, we’ve seen stops being played on Gold Crown’s, Rebco’s, Global’s and now the Palacade’s, 14 x 9 foot AMF Tables which date back to the 1950’s. With materials and equipment supplied by West State Billiards, the Dominguez name has found its signature on all of these brand name tables at each venue. The upcoming stop will be a 10-Ball format, double elimination tournament with the usual $2,000 added prize fund. Signups are still being taken in advance through the Mezz West State Tour’s Facebook Page or on the day of the event in person. Entry fee for the event is just $65… a small price to pay for quality action!
Spectators are also encouraged to attend, not just to catch some of the best action of the season but also to win cues and other giveaways provided by official sponsors: Mezz Cues, Billiard Palacade, Virtual Pool 4 and Marty Carey’s Jump Q.
Because of the overwhelming response of this tour being attended by some of the world’s strongest professionals and darkest of horses that the west coast has to offer, to pick a favorite for the upcoming ‘Palacade Stop’ is anyone’s guess. Stop #5’s attendance at Plush Pocket graced the tour with almost 20 new members for the season, including the 2 ‘Hall Of Fame’ players, Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante. With such world class attendance on this tour, we are finding that all of the promising young hopefuls are being pushed even harder to step up their game and rise to the next level. Due to the tour’s slight handicap format, the world has witnessed a handful of surprise encounters by some of its bravest players, who are quickly earning a name for themselves amongst the ‘pool gods’ in attendance. Jaynard Orque, Beau Runningen, Johnny Kang, Chris Wedekind, Jaden Brock, Reid Stensrud… These are just a handful of players who have delivered upsets to great players on the tour and earned cash along the way. We also find with it a host of women players entering the circuit to take on the field.
Sorry folks, no live stream is being made available for this event. There will be plenty of Mezz West State Tour action to be had for all! Come on down. Play some pool, win some prizes and grab a few brew-skis, cuz this stop is gonna be old school excitement with the best in the west!
After 4 stops of 12 total, the Mezz West State Tour has picked up a membership of 165 members, who’s rankings are also updated with each new event. With a membership of 165 players and growing, this already means that the prize fund of the final ‘Top Gun’ event in March of 2015 has already grown to over $6,000. The ‘Top Gun’ event will be limited to those who’s rankings are within the top 16 players of this season. There is however, the rule, that if any player within top 16 is unable to attend the Top Gun event, the next ranking player in line would be invited to play, henceforth putting ranking numbers 17-32 on a waiting list behind the top 16.
Mezz West State Tour: www.MezzWestStateTour.com
MZWST on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MezzWestStateTour
Mezz Cues: http://miki-mezz.com
West State Billiards: http://www.weststatebilliards.com
Photo By: Michael Brown
Shane VanBoening vs Max Eberle – Hard Times 10 Ball Open 2012
An oldie from POV Pool’s archive finds Shane with a match on his hands against ‘Mad’ Max Eberle for a chance to play in the finals against Dennes Orcullo. Joined in commentary with Jay Helfert is the renowned cue-maker and craftsman, Ernie Gutierrez of Gina Cue.
Cover Photo and Artwork by: Chris Santana / FastnLooseDesigns
Beau Runningen vs Ernesto Dominguez – From Mezz West State Tour Stop #1
One of our best, west coast up and comers, Beau Runningen has been playing hard this year; taking down names like Ernesto Dominguez, Ruben Bautista, Rodrigo Geronimo and many more… Be sure to keep an eye on Beau, as he has many more where this came from!
Celeris has released Virtual Pool 4 Online, a free, 3D online pool game and an event-oriented social network with tournaments, ladders, a calendar of events, and a pool lobby where you can chat with your friends. The gaming platform lets you play 28 games including 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Snooker, Billiards, and Pub Pool.
The games let players compete in tournaments or play with friends. Tournaments run continuously, and include single- and double-elimination formats. To ensure a high level of competition for all players from novice to champion, some tournaments are restricted to players of a certain skill rating, and others have handicapping.
The Virtual Pool 4 Online website is a social network that keeps players connected with friends and events. In addition to player profiles, friends lists, tournament sign-ups, a calendar of upcoming events, rankings, and statistics information, players can also view tournament brackets and real-time match scores. Players can find friends and enter their pool rooms with a single click. Players can even upload great shots to share with other players.
Virtual Pool 4 Online’s lobby is the main meeting and chatting place for players. It’s easy to find opponents there, or just hang out and enjoy the conversations with other pool enthusiasts. It’s simple to set up a private chat and hold a personal conversation. Players can create Match or Challenge rooms and optionally password protect them to make them private. In Match rooms, players can play any game, to any score, on any table, in any venue, with players chosen by the game master. There is even team play. Challenge rooms are “King of the Hill” events in which the winner stays on, and other players queue to try to beat the king.
At no cost, players have unlimited access to 8-Ball, 9-Ball, and 6-Ball on a bar pool table. Players can upgrade to Premium service for an annual $9.95(US) purchase of V$ 1000 of virtual currency that can be used to enter tournaments. Top tournament finishers win virtual currency prizes. Players can also use virtual currency to buy break cues, jump cues, after-market playing shafts that lower cue deflection and make shooting more accurate, and fancy cues with ivory and precious stone inlays.
Players can enjoy Virtual Pool 4 Online on any modern Windows computer. For more information, or to start playing immediately, visit http://vponline.celeris.com/vp
Orcollo vs Ruben Bautista – Final Match at Hard Times ’10’ Ball
The biggest money player in the world, Dennis Orcollo shows us how he gets out of trouble. Great breakouts and well timed shots here, in this match with Ruben Bautista in the finals of the 2014 Hard Times 10 Ball Open event.