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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.
a person who is the best or one of the best in a particular field; the top-ranked person in a group.
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.
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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:
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WPA World 10 Ball Championships – General Santos, Philippines
Story By: Markus Noé
The hopes for a 2015 Canadian World 10 Ball Champion has come to an end. Alex Pagulayan was the last man standing and unfortunately he was unable to make it through the final round of 32 where he lost to a top player from China, Liu Haitao 11-10. The other two Canadians to make it through the group stages Jason Klatt and John Morra were both eliminated in the final 64 bracket.
As many of you know this is the first World 10 Ball Championship in some time due to lack of funding. The minimum prize pool to host a World Championship is $250,000. World renowned boxer and local Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao has graciously stepped up and basically donated $300,000 to the prize pool with no hope of making that money back. Of course, which is so often the case in the pool world, there as been more complaints then gratitude.
Before we get into whats wrong with this World Championship lets get a little perspective first. Manny Pacquiao is one of the richest Filipinos in the history of the country, he holds public office and loves pool and plays at about a semi-pro level. Being that pool is the number one sport in his country and that he has a stable of the worlds best players in his backyard who are struggling financially, he decided to host this Championship himself to help promote his hometown and to give these great local players a chance on the world stage which otherwise they would have been unable to afford.
Now for the players who traveled there seemingly blind to what the conditions might be, this is a third world country with very little infrastructure and one of the warmest countries on earth. So it leaves me scratching my head a bit when I see all the social media posts complaining about the humidity and the poor table conditions. Its not like there is a “Diamond Table” manufacturer nearby, and in reality Pacquiao has only just started hosting pool tournaments since last August. I would imagine like any new event, it has its growing pains and if given the opportunity it will only get better.
With the humidity the local players who mostly play outside, yes OUTSIDE – the playing conditions heavily favour them and it is up to the foreigners to adapt and overcome. I just wish the players would not so quickly go to social media to condemn this effort, especially in these times when the game is struggling so much.
Below are the full results from the final 32 bracket and the final 16 bracket. There are 3 Filipino players in the final 8. Tomorrow will be the conclusion of the 2015 World Championships, come back to CSN for a full report.
Today was an action packed day at the World 10 ball in General Santos, Philippines. In the early session matches the winners side faced off with those winners advancing to the final 64 redraw portion of the tournament. The losers of those matches will play the early session on February 19th, in the late afternoon and night sessions today the losers of the first round matches faced off in elimination matches. At the end of today’s play 32 players have been eliminated bringing the remaining field down to 96
Here are some of the notable eliminations:
The majority of the losses to these players were to Filipino qualifiers
Notable players through to the final 64 include:
Jeff De Luna (9-0, 9-1)
Chang Jun Lin
Ko Pin Chung
Photo courtesy of Stephan Doiron
The Canadians did fairly well today as John Morra and Jason Klatt advanced to the final 64 with wins over Taiwanese and Korean players. Martin Daigle lost another close one 9-7 and has been eliminated as well as Stephan Doiron who had a tough draw against Ko Pin Yi. Pod Shognosh lost his winners side match and will have a shot at the re-drawtomorrow needing one match to advance to the single elimination portion of the tournament. Today I lost my first match to a Filipino qualifier 9-6 and I beat a Korean player in my second match 9-5, I will be one of the 16 matches to be played tomorrow where the winner will complete the final 64 single knockout stage.
Although the venue is in a mall the conditions are very humid, so much so that you feel like you need a shower after playing a match. The humidity makes the cloth very heavy and the type of stroke needed to move the cue ball properly is something that the foreign players are not used to. I feel like this will be an advantage for the Filipino players moving forward in the tournament as they are used to these conditions, not making excuses as they will have to learn to adapt, just making an observation.
After the first two sessions of losers side matches the draw will be done and two rounds of final 64 matches will be played later in the day.