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Great Runs in Pool #5 – Dennis Orcollo

#5 Dennis Orcollo  Philippines 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. More »

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Great Runs in Pool #4 – Ramon Mistica!

#4 – Ramon Mistica   Philippines Ramon seals up the first game with ease!  Ramon Mistica has been on a rampage on the west coast as of late, racking up top 16 More »

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Rodrigo Takes Stop #4 – Mezz West State Tour!

Written by: Oscar Dominguez Photos by – POV Pool September 30th, 2014 Plush Pocket Billiards – Northridge, CA The Mezz West State Tour Event #4   The Mezz West State Tour completed More »

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Great Runs in Pool #3 – Johnny Kang!

#3 Johnny Kang  United States Johnny Kang – Would the real champion of the Mezz West State Tour “Please Stand Up!” Recorded on September 28th at Plush Pocket in Northridge, CA – More »

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Great Runs in Pool #5 – Dennis Orcollo

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#5 Dennis Orcollo

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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.

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Great Runs in Pool #4 – Ramon Mistica!

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#4 – Ramon Mistica

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Ramon seals up the first game with ease! 

Ramon Mistica has been on a rampage on the west coast as of late, racking up top 16 wins for at least 5 of his past major events. Here, we see Ramon free-stroke his way through a rack against Rodney Morris, in the Finals of the 2014 Cole Dickson Event at Family Billiards.

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Rodrigo Takes Stop #4 – Mezz West State Tour!

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Written by: Oscar Dominguez
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September 30th, 2014

Plush Pocket Billiards – Northridge, CA

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The Mezz West State Tour Event #4

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The Mezz West State Tour completed stop #4 in beautiful Northridge, CA at Plush Pocket Billiards the weekend of September 27th and 28th with another excellent field of 91 players for our 9 ball event. Our gracious host, Steve Yi, opened his 20 pool table pool room and their staff worked tirelessly to accommodate the many players and fans in attendance.

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Efren Reyes at Mezz West State Tour #4 playing Vilmos Foldes on POV Pool

The Mezz West State Tour has garnered a strong following and had several special guests in attendance. The legendary Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante came a few days early to the Los Angeles area before their departure to the Poplar Bluff, MO one pocket event and decided to give all the locals a treat with their amazing skills. In addition to the obvious world champions in attendance, several other world class players were in the field such as; Vilmos Foldes, Santos Sambajon, Ernesto and Oscar Dominguez, Ramon Mistica, John “Mr. 400” Schmidt along with WPBA pros Stacy Novak, Jenny Lee, and Melissa Herndon. The 91 player field was whittled down to 24 on Sunday morning and the crowd in attendance was in for a treat as high class 9 ball was demonstrated at a world class level. In a marquee match, Rodrigo Geronimo played a tough battle with Efren Reyes where a few uncharacteristic misses by Efren made the difference in the match. This led to Rodrigo playing Bustamante for the hotseat and Rodrigo kept his hot streak on the Mezz West State tour alive by once again being the man to beat on the tour.

Meanwhile on the one loss side, strong semi pro player Johnny Kang had another brilliant performance playing high caliber pool with his ultra aggressive style. It took both Efren and Bustamante to finally bring him down with a solid 4th place finish leaving the top 3 players all Filipino of Bustamante, Reyes, and Geronimo. Due to time constraints of catching an early morning flight to Missouri, the top three players played a shortened race leaving Reyes in 3rd, Bustamante in 2nd, and Rodrigo Geronimo again to win a Mezz West State Tour Stop. These classy professionals showed why they are some of the greatest players to ever live by playing at a level above the field. It was a pleasure seeing pool played at its finest and the fans were treated to a great show. Additionally, the Top Female $100 bonus was won by Melissa Herndon as she makes a comeback to the pool world and we could not be happier to have a champion person and player back in the mix with the guys.

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Francisco Bustamante and Ramon Mistica at Plush Pocket in Northridge, CA

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Payouts:
1st- Rodrigo Geronimo: $1,550
2nd- Francisco Bustamante: $1,000
3rd- Efren Reyes: $700
4th- Johnny Kang: $450
5th/6th- Vilmos Foldes, Santos Sambajon: $300 each
7th/8th- Beau Runningen, Dave Hemmah: $225 each
9th-12th- Jason Ferroni, Oscar Dominguez, Ernesto Dominguez, James Cavallo :$155 each
13th-16th- Fach Garcia, Bob Jocz, Chris Wedekind, Mike Lin: $110 each
17th-24th- Dave Martineau, Jerry Lin, Rodney Wynn, Ramon Mistica, Jim Burt, Attila Bezdan, Nick Spano, John Schmidt: $80 each
Top Female- Melissa Herndon: $100

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Great Runs in Pool #3 – Johnny Kang!

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Johnny Kang – Would the real champion of the Mezz West State Tour “Please Stand Up!”

Recorded on September 28th at Plush Pocket in Northridge, CA – Johnny Kang is very quickly rising to the top of the player field on the west coast of the United States, being bested only by champions from the Philippines, Johnny has just barely missed his chance to play the finals of the Mezz West State Tour in 2 of his last 3 attempts.

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POV Pool’s – “Great Runs in Pool” – #2 – Carlo Biado

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#2 – Carlo Biado

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Great Runs in Pool! #1 Rodrigo ‘Edgie’ Geronimo!

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The Final 24: Mezz West State Tour #4

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Pay-outs
1st: $1,550
2nd: $1,000
3rd: $ 700
4th: $ 450
5th/6th: $ 300
7th/8th: $ 225
9th/12th: $ 155
13th/16th: $ 110
17th/24th: $ 80
Top Female $ 100

Winner’s Side
Beau Runningen (W) vs. Chris Wedekind (L)
Attilla Bezdan (L) vs. Francisco Bustamante (W)
Jason Ferroni (W) vs. Bob Jocz (L)
Johnny Kang (W) vs. James C. (L)
John Schmidt (F) vs. Oscar Dominguez (W)
Rodrigo Geronimo (W) vs. Ernesto Dominguez (L)
Santos Sambajon (W) vs. Dave Martineau (L)
Efren Reyes (W) vs. Rodney Wynn (L)

One-Loss Side
Mike Lin
Nick Spano
Fach Garcia
Vilmos Foldes
Jim Burt
Dave Hemmah
Ramon Mistica
Jerry Lin

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Winner’s Side
Beau Runningen (L) vs. Francisco Bustamante (W)
Jason Ferroni (L) vs. Johnny Kang (W)
Oscar Dominguez (W) vs. Rodrigo Geronimo (L)
Efren Reyes (W) vs. Santos Sambajon (L)

One-Loss Side
Mike Lin (W) vs. John Schmidt (F)
Nick Spano (L) vs. Ernesto Dominguez (W)
Fach Garcia (W) vs. Dave Martineau (L)
Vilmos Foldes (W) vs. Rodney Wynn (L)
Jim Burt (L) vs. Chris Wedekin (W)
Atilla Bezdan (L) vs. Dave Hemmah (W)
Ramon Mistica (L) vs. Bob Jocz (W)
Jerry Lin (L) vs. James C. (W)

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One-Loss Side
Mike Lin (L) vs. Ernesto Dominguez (W)
Vilmos Foldes (W) vs. Fach Garcia (L)
Chris Wedekin (L) vs. Dave Hemmah (W)
Bob Jocz (W) vs. James C. (W)
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Winner’s Side
Francisco Bustamante (W) vs. Johnny Kang (L)
Efren Reyes (L) vs. Rodrigo Geronimo (W)

One-Loss Side
Ernesto Dominguez (L) vs. Beau Runningen (W)
Vilmos Foldes (W) vs. Jason Ferroni (L)
Oscar Dominguez (L) vs. Dave Hemmah (W)
Santos Sambajon (W) vs. James C. (L)
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Winner’s Side
Francisco Bustamante (L) vs. Rodrigo Geronimo (W)

One-Loss Side
Beau Runningen (L) vs. Vilmos Foldes (W)
Dave Hemmah (L) vs. Santos Sambajon (W)
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Winner’s Side
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One-Loss Side
Efren Reyes (W) vs. Vilmos Foldes (L)
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Johnny Kang (W) vs. Santos Sambajon (L)

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1-Loss Side
Efren Reyes (W) vs. Johnny Kang (L)

Francisco Bustamante vs. Efren Reyes
Race to 3
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In the Hot Seat: Rodrigo Geronimo

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FINALS

RODRIGO “EDGIE” GERONIMO VS. FRANCISCO “DJANGO” BUSTAMANTE

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THE WINNER OF THE MEZZ WEST STATE TOUR STOP #4: RODRIGO “EDGIE” GERONIMO

Stop #4: Action Is Heating Up at MZWST!

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Mezz West State Tour #4 – Hosted at Plush Pocket Billiards! 

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During this very ‘Indian’ summer in Southern California – On Saturday and Sunday: Sept 27th & 28th, ‘Plush Pocket Billiards’ in Northridge, CA will host the upcoming Mezz West State Tour Stop #4 on the list of 12 events total. The 12 events will culminate to a ‘Top Gun” finale event which, will host the top 16 players of the entire season at Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower in March of 2015. With just over 150 players registered on the tour at $25 a season, the individual player rankings can be viewed on demand through MZWST’s website. This ‘rankings’ list reflects a rise veterans players and new talent who are mixing it up at the tables and grabbing payouts. The upcoming stop at Plush already sees 43 players signed in with double that number anticipated during this weekend’s event and live stream. While the “Top Gun” event’s prize fund grows with each new member, each event is also $2,ooo added guaranteed. This means is that, before we are halfway through the tour, the Top Gun event is already guaranteed at just over $6,000 added.

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Plush Pocket Billiards’ owner of 20 years, Steven Yi has 17 ‘Global’ Brand tables that are well maintained by the  ‘E & O’ Dominguez Family. The tables are playing great and ready for a big field. Plush Pocket’s houseman, – ‘Chewy’ and his friendly staff have years of experience hosting weekly, monthly and annual league and independent events with and without streaming. Beer and soft drinks are served with Megatouch, jukebox and flatscreen sports. Locals spectators are welcome and free to attend. We also have Ra Hanna to thank for getting POV Pool archives played on the flat-screens there!

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MZWST’s Top 16 Today!

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Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.49.24 PMCelebrating at the top spot for 2 events running is Ernesto Dominguez of ‘Team Mexico”, who has been keeping his game on at tournaments and action between tour stops. Rodrigo Geronimo, who came from the Philippines in August, has held strong ranking at number 2 since winning the first MZWST event at Hard Times, Bellflower. Tour Stop #3’s winner, Vilmos Földes enters the list at number 9, while Jaynard Orque’s name slips from number 2 to number 5 on the rankings list. Beau Runningen’s latest entry on the rankings is at 3rd, where he bested #1’s Ernesto Dominguez, and #11’s Ruben Bautista in Fresno to see the finals with Vilmos Földes. With intentions to play the U.S. open this year, Vilmos shows to be in a class by himself, giving us a live-streamed display of excellent mechanics and precision you could only want for your own game.

Virtually lost amongst an assortment of stars in the pool world today like, Shane VanBoening, Skyler Woodward, Justin Bergman and Jayson Shaw, The Mezz West State Tour is attracting a caliber of talent that could well give these names a run for their money. It has also been learned that veteran pro, Tang Hoa (#8) and young gun, Chris Robinson (#51) and are being bankrolled by West State Billiards to continue playing the tour. With new names adding to the tour at each stop, one can only guess at this point, who will remain at the ‘Top 16″. Mika and Rodney, who have been traveling to other events are also expected at some point on the tour.

Check out the complete rankings here! 

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The stop this weekend will be live-streamed on POV Pool with guest commentary by ‘Box’, Mike Meeker, Steve Chaplin, Marty Carey and a few other special guests. The Mezz West State Tour is owned and operated by Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera and officially sponsored by Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, The Turtle Rack, Zan Tips, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Fast & Loose Designs, POV Pool and GoPlayPool. . Additional Promotional Support and Special Thanks goes out to NYC Grind, AZ Billiards, Professor Q Ball’s National Pool and Billiards News, The Pool Scene, On The Break News andAutomated Entertainment.

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Final Summary: Mezz West State Tour – Stop #3

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By: Oscar Dominguez

September 14th, 2014

Diamond Billiards – Fresno, CA 

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The third stop of the Mezz West State Tour kicked off at Diamond Billiards in beautiful, Fresno, California. A total of 83 players braved the scorching California heat to compete in what became the largest event to ever happen in the Fresno area according to room owner, Sheri Dadian. Players from San Diego, San Francisco, Mexico, Philippines, and even a few special guests from Hungary, the field was littered with high caliber players.

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This was the first 9 ball stop of the season and the action was fast paced and not many matches took long. Day 1 – consisted of several upsets including San Diego local player Jaden Brock over Filipino ace, Rodrigo Geronimo and Lance Johnson over Oscar Dominguez. The two games to 9 the pros give to “open” players gives that boost to create a more level playing field thus giving amateurs an incentive and motivation to test their skills against the pro caliber players.

Day 2 – brought back 24 players of the original 83 with former junior world champion, Vilmos Foldes demonstrating his ultra aggressive style of pool winning the top half of the bracket. Meanwhile, former BCA junior national champion, Beau Runningen came from the lower half to meet the Hungarian for the hot-seat. Demonstrating a cool, calm, and collective approach, Vilmos grabbed the hot seat and sent Beau west.

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The B side of the chart was filled with top players such as Ruben Bautista, Tang Hoa, Rodrigo Geronimo, Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez among others. This blood bath of players was whittled down to Bautista playing Runningen for a shot at Vilmos back into the finals. Beau made quick work of the young Mexican to avenge his loss earlier in the evening. In the finals, true double elimination is implemented and Vilmos cruised to a 9-4 victory bringing the $1500 top prize to the Hungarian champion. Beau settled for second prize money of $950.

A special thanks goes to Sheri Dadian and her mother Jean for hosting the Mezz West State Tour stop #3. They went above and beyond to accomodate the 83 players and fans with excellent service and a smile. Also, our sponsors who make this possible: Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, ZAN tips, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump QPOV Pool, AZBilliardsNYC Grind, Fast&Loose Designs and the TURTLE rack. Stop #4 brings the MWST to Plush Pocket in Northridge, CA. We hope to see you there!

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Results:

1st- Vilmos Foldes: $1,500
2nd- Beau Runnigen: $950
3rd- Ruben Batista: $620
4th- Rodrigo Geronimo: $420
5th/6th- Tang Hoa/ Ernesto Dominguez: $300 each
7th/8th- Brian Parks/ Reid Stenstrud: $200 each
9th-12th- Jaynard Orque, Oscar Dominguez, Santos Sambajon, Ramon Mistica: $150 each
13th-16th- Ramin Bakhtiari, Phil Prentice, Bobby Lees, Larry Bohn: $100 each
17th-24th- C.J Robinson, Lance Johnson, Ray Moran, Justin Logan, Jaden Brock, Tony Ortega, Francis Ritarita,
James Newborugh: $70 each
 
TOP FEMALE: Melissa Herndon: $100
 
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