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Friday – October 2nd, 2015 POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA Hello Pool Fans! Greetings everyone and welcome back. I know it’s been a little while since you’ve seen a schedule More »
October 1st, 2015 Point Of View Pool Media – Los Angeles Article by: Geraldine Thibodeau and Daniel Busch NOTE: Since posting this article, a follow up interview with world renowned artistic billiard More »
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Friday – October 2nd, 2015
POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA
Greetings everyone and welcome back. I know it’s been a little while since you’ve seen a schedule from us, but sometimes it’s important to step back a little bit and let the pool world breath on its own. That being said, there are a host of new changes coming soon from POV Pool, which include a new website, online store, a very special event from us in 2016 and a regularly live-streamed show on our Ustream Channel that will contain hours of additional content, featuring classic POV stuff and never before viewed footage on POV that will be sure to amaze you. As each new change develops, YOU will be the first to know about it, right here on www.POVPOOL.com – Thanks for supporting and as always – Keep Loving Pool!
A full synopsis and information links for each event are soon to follow.
October 1st, 2015
Point Of View Pool Media – Los Angeles
Article by: Geraldine Thibodeau and Daniel Busch
NOTE: Since posting this article, a follow up interview with world renowned artistic billiard player, Abram Diaz was conducted by Mark Cantrill of American Billiard Radio and is available to everyone at the following link: www.americanbilliardradio.com
In almost any arena, when one stands alone in this day and age, creating any sort of change or impact can be a tough nut to crack. In the recent weeks, a small amount of artistic pool players have decided to take a stand against the World Pool Association’s, Artistic Pool Division (WPA-APD). On September 9th, 2015 a somewhat brash demand letter went out to Mark Dimick, President of the WPA-APD, and all the other board members (Jim Sommer, Javier Gomez, Arkadiy Loshakov, Dan Hosier, Tim Chin, Jamie Moody, Buddy Eick, Stefano Pelinga, Jeremiah Owens, Curtis Robertson) stating that there were issues that a majority of the top players in the world (13 total) would like to see change for the better of the sport. These terms came with a two-week deadline for response, or else a boycott on future events would take place.
Seeking change for the betterment of artistic pool, as a sport, was what Nick Nikolaidis and his ‘Player’s Board’ were seeking. In the midst of the recent World Championships that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, many issues within the industry were magnified and several players decided it was time to change the status-quo. Instead of having a continual gripe session, Nikolaidis, helped to fascilitate an impromptu meeting. Among his constituents, were top ranked, Andy Segal, world champion Gabi Visoiu, viral sensation, Florian Kohler, Dave Nangle, Abram Diaz, Steve Markle, Gordon Hedges, Adam Nickels, Jim Glanville, Jamey Gray and Sebastian Giumelli. In this initial meeting, they decided it would be an open discussion of all issues, and these issues would be taken to a vote and would be presented to the WPA-APD.
It seems that with the manifestation of such a notice of demands, the communication gap between the artistic players and it’s governing body has existed for quite some time. The players have felt that there were problems with the format of events, money allocation, and WPA-APD board elections, among other issues. In this recent letter to the WPA-APD, the ‘Player’s Board’, as they call themselves, itemized this letter into seven categories, with included subcategories. The first category is “Player Quality.” Because there was a live-stream of the World Championship, the player quality was on spotlight when it came to how artistic pool was portrayed. This being the case there were five players that scored under 100 points out of a possible 320 points. There were two players that scored 20 points or less. As a professional world championship, the playing field is expected to be of a high caliber, especially those playing on the stream table. This essentially effects how the tournament is set up with regards to which players are in which flights, which is also addressed within the letter. Upon interviewing Nick Nikolaidis, Abram Diaz and Gabi Visoiu, they all discussed that they wanted Artistic Pool to be represented in the best fashion with the highest ranked and skilled players showcased, especially on a broadcast. Not for themselves, but for the presentation for the world to see.
Click on here to download and read the letter to the WPA-APD: Dear WPA
The second category brought up within the letter to the WPA-APD is a topic most often brought up in pool and billiard tournaments: the pay-outs and purse. The first issue brought up was paying out the entire field, which essentially means the tournament is simply reimbursing all players for part of the entry fee. In a recent interview with current World Champion, Gabi Visoiu, he stated, “it is simply a lowered entry fee.” Unless it is an invitational event, it is quite unheard of to pay out the entire field. Visoiu also has a unique perspective as an international player, wiring his entry is an additional cost, as well as cashing a check from the Bank of Oklahoma in Transylvania, Romania becomes a bit of a challenge. For Sebastian Giumelli, cashing a check in Argentina is even more of a problem. Although, the demand for traveler’s checks for international winners was in the letter, upon realizing that there was a problem for Visoiu this year, the WPA-APD did tell Visoiu they would switch to an international bank for future events. Among other points was how much to pay or not pay the tournament director and referees.
Tournament format, the shot program itself, and the awards ceremony are addressed in categories three, four and five. It has been three years that the World Championships and other tournaments have not been played with a play-off format. For the players and perhaps even the presentation of broadcast, it would be beneficial to reinstate the play-off format for the top qualifying players in the tournament going into the final day. In regards to the shot program, the Player’s Board is seeking that they get to at least review the shot program to identify any mistakes that may be apart of it. Finally, the awards ceremony is discussed in the letter, as these players have shown disapproval in the time and manner in which it is conducted. This once again, addresses the issue of the best representation of the artistic pool in the mainstream media.
The sixth category within the letter from the Player’s Board, discusses ranking and the ranking system. This is a smaller category, but can be the most impactful to the other categories because the rankings will effect those that play in world or national tournaments in the future. The ranking system that is proposed, states the players would like to have a minimum number of events for a player to be ranked. Also the Player’s board is asking that only overall finishes be counted towards ranking points and not highest individual discipline finishers.
The final category addressed is the general changes that the Player’s Board would like to see with the WPA-APD. These changes include financial records to be opened up for players to see, Tom Rossman no longer being an influential part of the process, no religious material at events, board elections opened up to players and finally, the player’s voice to be heard, instead of silence through the code of conduct.
What began as thirteen players who wanted change, has now become an eighteen player coalition, with a small board to represent everyone. Nick Nikolaidis was elected as intern President by his fellow rebels, with Andy Segal nominated as intern Vice President of the ‘Player’s Union’. Like any union dispute, when demands are not met or even compromised there is a strike. These rebelling players are now on strike, from a simple response memo from the WPA-APD as, “Thank you for your feedback… Attached, please find the latest entry form for our next event”. In an interview with Player’s Board Member, Abram Diaz, he stated that, “although fearful of possibly not having another opportunity to capture a world title,” he would still boycott the next event. The next event being the Master’s Artistic Pool Championship being held in December at Jamaica Joe’s in Oklahoma. What then becomes of the WPA-APD if a majority of the top ranked players in the world decide not to play in future events? Nick Nikolaidis stated that if need be they would notify the World Pool Association and start their own division.
Although, the Player’s Board sent a demand letter, Abram Diaz commented that they were “ready and willing to negotiate all terms.” This being said, the WPA-APD might be under the impression that the Player’s Board was all or nothing. Stefano Pelinga, current board member of the WPA-APD, was contacted for an interview, but in his most professional manner, declined to make a statement, as he thought he was not the appropriate person to speak on behalf of the WPA-APD board, but that Mark Dimick, the president and spokesman, should if they decide to. Unfortunately, we at Point Of View Pool Media were unable to reach Mark Dimick for a statement prior to publishing this article. In defense of the WPA-APD, they are a volunteered, unpaid board members ranging from different parts of the country, so gathering together to discuss all these topics in their spare time might be a bit difficult.
Hopefully, for all of those involved, the sport of artistic billiards still has a bright future. It seems that with or without the WPA-APD some of these top players are willing to risk it all for the advancement of competition and its presentation in the mainstream media. We know that, without some of its founding members and veteran players the advancement artistic pool might be non-existent in our minds today. However, it seems that there is a new generation of talent knocking loudly at the door wanting their voices to be heard.
September 19th, 2015
Nice Rack Billiards – El Cajon, CA
Ian Brock’s SoCal TAP League is holding this year’s ‘Summer Season Ender’ down south at Nice Rack Billiards in El Cajon, CA. Played on the venue’s Blue Label Diamond, barboxes – we should expect around 25 teams to attend and compete, playing:
There will be raffles and prizes and with your $20 Entry, you will receive 20 raffle tickets.
Saturday, September 19th @ 12:00 PM / PST – LIVE ON Ustream: http://www.Ustream.tv/channel/povpool
Are you off from work on Labor Day Monday, but can’t find a pool tournament? There has been a void in the SoCal pool community when it comes to holiday events. In an answer to this, The Golden Cue, the San Gabriel Valley APA and POV Pool have come together to celebrate this Labor Day with a $500 added, one day 9-Ball tournament for bar table players and some mini’s for the 9 foot junkies too. The main, ‘barbox’ portion of the event is an APA format 9 ball tournament and with 48 players. And, since this field filled so quickly with a waiting list already 6 names in, it was decided to arrange for the overflow of players to participate in Mini Tournaments, to be held from 2pm to 8pm in The Golden Cue’s ‘Action Room’ and open to 8 players at a time. Food will also be sold and made fresh by Joe Amezcua and the Amezcua Brother’s Catering Company!
If you’re interested in the minis, they are open to ALL, so here’s the lowdown:
Tournament Director: Chad Beleber – $20 buy-in ($5 Green Fee/TD Fee), pays out 1st & 2nd place. You cannot currently be still in the main tournament to play the mini’s. *Since only 4 tables will be used for mini’s, there will still be 6 big tables available to rent. At Golden Cue there’s something for everyone! The Minis will also be using the modified APA format. If you do not have a rating, the TD will rate you on premises.
Have you ever played APA format? Depending upon your skill level you race to different points. Balls 1-8 are worth one point and the 9 ball is worth two points. For the Labor Day tournament, we have modified the point races to accommodate the tournament being ran in only one day (similar to the mini tournaments that APA have at their national events). Please refer to chart below for the modified races being used for this event.
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Brackets and results for both the players and POV Pool audience are provided by CompuSport. Tournament Director, Geraldine Thibodeau will be running the event entirely on the digital bracket. The wonderful Ms. Thibodeau will also be able to update matches from anywhere in the building so that players can view all new updates from their smart device, from anywhere (including Iceland)! Players, railbirds, even expectant mothers can get ‘push notifications’ to a smart device when matches are updated from the free CompuSport App which you should basically download immediately to your iPhone or Android! And, for those of you who are not local or just too silly to put some pants on and visit us at The Golden Cue personally, POV POOL will post a ‘real-time’ feed for the event that will be viewable on this website. It is sometimes a good idea to check this feed, because we also take photos… and photos are cool.
Marc Ong, owner & operator of the San Gabriel Valley APA has offered to any new APA sign-ups during the event, he will waive the first year membership fee! Marc Ong is THE MAN!!!
All players in the main tournament are eligible for the door prizes! Ken Hoshide, owner of the Golden Cue, has graciously provided the following things and stuff to giveaway:
The top finishers of the tournament itself, will win respectively:
Look for the pay-outs on Monday’s Real Time Feed Page!
Our viewing audience, competing players and spectators owes a huge thanks The San Gabriel Valley APA , and Golden Cue Billiards for additional event and prize fund sponsorship. Also, thank you Marc Ong and Ken Hoshide for all your help facilitating the necessary preparations and on-hand help during the event. POV Pool also owes gratitude to Tiger Products and Kamui Tips and Marty Carey Jump Q for making it possible for us to provide our broadcast on www.povpool.com.
Point Of View Pool will live-stream the entire event, on www.povpool.com at 12:00 pm PST from September 7th. Be sure also to follow the ‘real-time feed’ page for this event, which will become available once the event begins. Our real time feed will consist of: Live Brackets provided by CompuSport, real time news and action updates, photos, payouts, prize funds, player attendance and much, much more.
Up Next for POV Pool…
If you think this will be fun, then you haven’t even scratched the surface of enjoyment! Join us again, on September 19th, for our live-streamed coverage of SoCal TAP’s, truly excellent, scotch doubles 8-Ball season ender, with players like, Tommy Gunn, Patrick Gibson, Britney, Paul, Steve, Derek and a whole bunch of other first names that I can’t remember!
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