Monthly Archives: March 2013

POV Pool’s Upcoming Schedule / April, 2013

POV Pool’s Schedule is always subject to change!
Usually by ADDING dates at the last minute!
Please stay tuned! 
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March 31st – Hard Times Sunday 9 Ball Tournament
April 6th – Hard Times, 1st Saturday, One Pocket Tournament
April 7th – Hard Times, 1st Sunday 9 Ball Tournament
April 13th – The Riverside TAP League’s / Scotch Doubles Blowout!
 

March 31st / Hard Times Sunday, 9 Ball Tournament!

Sponsored By: Kamui Tips & John English’s Automated Entertainment : The Public House 1739! 
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  Efren Reyes Is Back!  efren HTB2

Efren Reyes has just landed back in the United States and will be flying to New Jersey for the Super Billiards Expo, from April 4th – 16th. He plans to play the ‘Diamond Pro Events’ and possibly the Kamui 14.1 Challenge. 

After a quick, couple of beatings of ’15 Ball Rotation’ on table 6 at Hard Times, Efren stated to me that he will be back in Southern California after April 7th and plans to stay in the country until April 30th; to which I replied, “You should come to Vegas with me and get some action! Everyone is over there, you know?” 

More on that story, as it develops…

With a short stay in Bellflower, Efren will most likely play the Hard Times regular Sunday 9 Ball Tournament on March 31st, which will be streamed live on POV Pool’s Ustream Channel at 12:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time.

www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

April 6th / 1st Saturday, One Pocket Tournament!

POV Pool’s Ustream Channel – 12:00 pm / Pacific Standard Time 
Sponsored By: Kamui Tips & John English’s Automated Entertainment! The Public House 1739

Hard Times Billiards BellflowerJoin POV Pool for the $100 Added, 1st Saturday of the Month, One Pocket Tournament at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower. We are going to great lengths for this particular show to bring you some excellent commentators, which I think you will enjoy!

www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

April 7th / 1st Sunday, 9 Ball Tournament!

POV Pool’s Ustream Channel – 12:00 pm / Pacific Standard Time 
Sponsored By: Kamui Tips & John English’s Automated Entertainment! The Public House 1739 

Hard Times Billiards BellflowerPlease join us for this $600 Added, Double Elimination 9-Ball Tournament on Easter Sunday! That’s right, folks! I’m sure we’ll get at least 12 players… wink, wink! Maybe we’ll find a few eggs in the corner pocket as well. 

www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

April 13th / Riverside TAP League’s Scotch Doubles Blowout!

POV Pool’s Ustream Channel – 12:00 pm / Pacific Standard Time
Sponsored By: Kamui Tips, Diamond Billiard Products, Aramith, Ivan Simonis & GoPlayPool 
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Join us at Shooter’s Pool Hall in Riverside for the 5th Annual, Riverside TAP – Scotch Doubles, 8-Ball Season End Blowout Event! 

This is a one day event which will consist of over 30 teams of 8-Ball junkies playing for cash and prizes worth over $2,500. Join Daniel Busch, Ian Brock and many other friends and members of the Riverside TAP League! 

www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

Shooters Riverside
10226 Indiana Ave
Riverside, CA 92503

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane VanBoening Double Dips The Rum-Runner!

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March 26th, 2013
The Rum Runner Lounge
1801 E. Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 736-6366 

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A big congratulations to Shane VanBoening and Jeremy Jones, who took 1st and 2nd place, respectively this weekend, earning the top two prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 at the “Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament”!

The Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas – home of ‘The Andy Mercer Memorial 9 Ball Tournament’, celebrated its 23rd annual, 3-day event to a packed house of players and spectators, gunning for yet another weekend of the toughest ‘bar-box’, 9 ball performances of our time.

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A 64-player field, studded with an almost equal ratio of professional giants and hopeful killers in their wake, Mosconi Cup veteran and 2003, U.S. Open Champion, Jeremy Jones from Baytown, Texas took the high road to the Hot-Seat of the event, facing off with Shane VanBoening on the final day, only to get ‘double-dipped’ in two races to 6, ending in scores of 6-3 and 6-0. Shane’s electrifying display of cue ball control and one lucky shot on the 7-ball kept Jeremy in his chair for most of the finals. Jeremy’s visits to the table were somewhat undeserved, having only a few opportunities to kick, play safe or push away.

Donnie and Johnny Meet The Giants!

3rd place winner, Donnie Branson looked very promising on day three and facing off with with both winners. First, knocking Shane to the one-loss side (6-2), only to follow up with his first loss to Jeremy Jones (6-4). Donnie’s next match ended with Shane serving a rather bitter pill of 6 games in a row (6-0), reducing Donnie to the 3rd place position.

5th/6th place winner, Johnny Kang’s draw was tough form the ‘get-go’, immediately defeating jim Blakeman (6-2) and Sal Butera (6-5) on Day 1, followed by Frank ‘The Barber’ Almanza (6-5) on Day 2. On day 3, Johnny suffered his first loss to Donnie Branson (6-2), only to forge ahead two more wins to Ramin Bahktiari (6-5), Oscar Dominguez (6-3) and finally losing to Ronnie Alcano (6-5)

 

Watch Out For The Volcano!

4th place winner, Ronnie ‘Volcano’ Alcano had some well deserved wins against King-Kong’ (6-5) and the ‘Giant Killer’, Ray Skenandore (6-5) and then to Johnny Kang on the one-loss (6-5). Ronnie was untouched until day three, took his first loss against Jeremy Jones (6-4) and finally his second loss to a rather determined Shane (6-3) who had nothing on his mind but to defend his 2-time consecutive championship title.

 

Max Runs 6 Straight Racks After King-King Refuses The Push!

7th/8th place winner Max Eberle, astounded the crowd with 6 straight racks, run from the break against Bernardo ‘King-Kong’ Chavez, who refused a push-out by Max on the first rack. King-Kong sat Screen shot 2013-03-26 at 8.26.35 PMin his chair, writhing and hopeful for a shot, getting up only to rack the balls each time Max closed out. This match was streamed live, commentated by Daniel Busch and Lenny Marshall and can be viewed on demand at POV Pool’s YouTube Channel.

 

Max’s historic performance on POV Pool was a well deserved one, after losing in the first round of play on day one to Donnie Branson (6-5), then beating Brian Miller (6-2), King Kong (6-0), Ismael ‘Morro’ Paez (6-0), Thomas Butler (6-0), Fach Garcia (6-1), Mitch Ellerman (6-2) and then losing to Ernesto Dominguez (6-4).

 

Congrats To Team Mexico!

Happy Birthday Oscar Dominguez, who turns 28 today! Oscar earned his 7th/8th place position just underneath his father’s finish at 5th/6th place. Oscar’s wins included a streamed match with Brett Lee (6-3). He then beat Ramin Bahktiari  (6-1), Fach Garcia (6-1), lost to Shane (6-2), eliminated Sal Butera from the one-loss (6-3), and finally getting ousted by Johnny Kang (6-3).

 

Also hit early to the one-loss was Ernesto Dominguez, who notched his belt a number of tough matches against Southwest Cues’, Al Lawrence (6-4), Frank Almanza (6-5), POV Pool’s night-time commentator, Joshua Edgar (6-2), Max Eberle (6-5) until finally losing to Shane in a hill/hill match.

 

Live Streamed Matches

Sponsored by Kamui Tips, The Orange County APA, John English and The Public House 1739, there were almost 40 recorded matches which were streamed live by Daniel Busch of www.povpool.com, which will begin posting to YouTube sometime next week. POV Pool would like to thank it’s commentators for some excellent coverage of this event: Justin Acker, James Murphy, Stacy Allsup, Jeremy Jones, Mitch Ellerman, Lenny Marshall, Robert Leblanc, Frank Almanza, Jimmy ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ Mataya, Joshua Edgar’s, ‘POV Pool, After Dark’ show, Don McClelland, John English and many, many other players and spectators who joined in, to say hello on the stream and pay tribute to the late, Andy Mercer, who may very well be smiling upon us.

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Special Thanks!

Thanks also to Geno Hill, Gordy Hill, Jim Blakeman, Mike Ganz, the Rum Runner Staff and many other new friends and strangers who made this event possible. Additional promotional support and thanks go to Max Eberle’s Pro Academy, Ramin Bahktiari and MaryAnn Starkey of GoPlayPool, Amy Encinias and Nichole of Vegas Billiards Buzz Forums, AZ Billiards, Alvin Nelson, JR Calvert of Inside Pool Magazine.

 

 

Results and Payouts

 

1st                        $6,000            Shane VanBoening
 
2nd                      $3,000            Jeremy Jones
Losing 6-3, 6-0 to Shane VanBoening
 
3rd                       $1,700            Donnie Branson
Losing 6-0 to Shane VanBoening
 
4th                         $1,000           Ronnie Alcano
Losing 6-3 to Shane VanBoening
 
5th/6th            $700                   Johnny Kang
Losing 6-5 to Ronnie Alcano
                                                          Ernesto Dominguez
Losing 6-5 to Shane VanBoening
 
7th/8th            $500                  Oscar Dominguez
Losing 6-3 to Johnny Kang
                                                          Max Eberle
Losing 6-4 Ernesto Dominguez
 
9th/12th             $350                Ramin Bahktiari
Losing 6-5 to Johnny Kang
                                                          Sal Butera
Losing 6-3 to Oscar Dominguez
                                                           Mitch Ellerman
Losing 6-2 to Max Eberle
                                                            Edgar Jackson
Losing 6-2 to Ernesto Dominguez
 
13th/16th            $250                 Ray Skenandore
Losing 6-3 to Ramin Bahktiari
                                                             Walter Glass
Losing 6-5 to Sal Butera 
                                                              Fach Garcia
Losing 6-1 to Max Eberle
                                                              Tres Kane
Losing 6-4 to Ernesto Dominguez

Preparations underway for of this weekend’s, ‘Andy Mercer’ 9-Ball!

March 22nd, 23rd & 24th

Las Vegas, Nevada

The Rum Runner Lounge
1801 E. Tropicana Ave.
Paradise, NV 89119
702-736-6366
 
www.rumrunnervegas.com
 Streamed on: ustream.tv/channel/povpool.com
 

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Always a packed house! Always a cast of characters! 

One of the most prestigious independent events for any professional player to chalk up, is the ‘Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament’. Aptly named, “The Rum Runner”, which takes in the southeast corner of Las Vegas at the Rum Runner Lounge on Tropicana Ave, this 64 player field is an event which consistently hosts a tapestry of the best pool players in recorded history. Past winner’s include, the late Danny Medina (’93 & 2000), Jose Parica (’98), Warren Kiamko, Jim Blakeman (’94, ’04 & ’05), Ismael ‘Morro’ Paez (’99, ’06 & ’07), Joe Alvarez (’94), Ernesto Dominguez (’10) and some of the younger greats of our time like Shane VanBoening (’09, ’11 & ’12) and Brian Parks (’08).  

 

Jim Blakeman: The finishing touches on Rum Runner tables.

Jim Blakeman: The finishing touches on Rum Runner tables.

 Since 1991, Andy Mercer’s memory has been celebrated by what seems to be an ‘inner circle’ of top players who visit year after year.  “The Rum Runner has been attended by almost half of its field since it began 23 years ago.”, says 3 time Rum Runner winner, Jim Blakeman. “It has become a reunion of players and friends… A truly special event.” 

Free Live Stream! 

This year, the venue’s owner Geno Hill has given permission to allow the event to be live-streamed by Daniel Busch and Point Of View Pool, which will be made available for the public to view for free on www.povpool.com. It will be a 3 day stream, which could possibly run 24 hours a day from POV Pool’s Ustream Channel and includes a ‘chat’ function for viewers to interact with commentators. 

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Sponsored by Kamui Tips and The Orange County American Pool Player’s Association, the live stream will provide coverage of all matches on Table #1 of the Rum Runner’s four tournament tables and start everyday at 12pm.

Real-time player statistics and performance analysis will also be provided by Pool-Trax and it’s owner, Donn Espinoza.  

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We Miss You, Andy Mercer!

Andy Mercer was a longtime pool player and enthusiast, who emerged in the public eye in the early 70’s after forming the ‘South Nevada 9-Ball Tavern’s Association’, which then came under control by Jim Blakeman and wife Lorraine, shortly after Andy’s passing from a heart attack at the age of 59. His longtime friend and Rum Runner owner, Geno Hill, started the Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament in 1991.

This Year’s Official Field 

  1. Debra Aarens
  2. Ron Allen
  3. Darren Appleton
  4. Ken ‘Sarge’ Aylesworth
  5. Ramin Bakhtiari
  6. Butch Barba
  7. Jeff Bartola
  8. Jim Blakeman
  9. Freddy Boggs
  10. Roger Bordley
  11. Don Branson
  12. Lee Brett
  13. Ace Brown
  14. Sal Butera
  15. Thomas Butler
  16. Jim Carmona
  17. Bernardo ‘King Kong’ Chavez
  18. Joey Chin
  19. James Ray Davis, Jr. 
  20. Ernesto Dominguez
  21. Oscar Dominguez
  22. Max Eberle
  23. Josh Edgars
  24. Mitch Ellerman
  25. Mark Estes
  26. Tyler Fleishman
  27. Jose Garcia
  28. Walter Glass
  29. Dave Gomez 
  30. Greg Harada
  31. James Harling
  32. Jay Hlavacheck
  33. Brad Huffman
  34. Dave Hughes
  35. Ernie Jacinto
  36. Edgar Jackson
  37. Curtis Johnson
  38. Tres Kane
  39. Johnny Kang
  40. Randy Kulkla
  41. John Kutcher
  42. John Lalo
  43. Sean Lane
  44. Al Lawrence
  45. Don McClelland
  46. Brian Miller
  47. Stevie Moore
  48. Rodney Morris
  49. Terry Osborne
  50. Ismael ‘Morro’ Paez
  51. Brian Parks
  52. Alex Pernas
  53. Rocky Phipps
  54. Dick Rice
  55. Troy Ridder
  56. Adam Roberts
  57. Jayson Shaw
  58. Ray Skenandore
  59. Phil Tatum
  60. Chris Thomas
  61. Josh Ulrich
  62. Shane VanBoening
  63. Carl Wilson

Previous Winner’s Include

1991 – Dave Nottingham
1992 – Joe Alvarez
1993 – Danny Medina
1994 – Jim Blakeman
1995 – Warren Kiamko
1996 – Roger Griffis
1997 – Roger Griffis
1998 – Jose Parica
1999 – Ismael Paez
2000 – Danny Medina
2001 – Jeff Heath
2002 – Jeff Heath
2003 – Nicholas Kruger
2004 – Jim Blakeman
2005 – Jim Blakeman
2006 – Ismael Paez
2007 – Ismael Paez
2008 – Brian Parks
2009 – Shane Van Boening
2010 – Ernesto Dominguez
2011 – Shane Van Boening
2012 – Shane VanBoening

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POV Pool would like to thank, Geno Hill and Rum Runner Staff, Kamui Tips, The Orange County APA, GoPlayPool, Max Eberle’s Pro Pool Academy, Pool-Trax, The Live Stream News Group, Inside Pool Magazine, AZ Billiards and Amy Encinias of Vegas Billiards Buzz!

 

 

 

 

Winner’s History

 

 

POV Pool To Visit The Rum Runner! LIVE STREAM???

Flyer Courtesy of MaryAnn Starkey @ GoPlayPool.com

Flyer Courtesy of MaryAnn Starkey @ GoPlayPool.com

The Andy Mercer Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas!

March 22nd-24th, 2013.

It has been said by many that this venue is too small to accomodate a stream team. 

Every year 64 of the best players from across the United States play at the annual Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball tournament at the Rum Runner Las Vegas on Tropicana. The tournament is held in March and is usually the weekend after the Doc Hill Memorial.

The tournament is hosted by owner Geno Hill and every year the board seems to fill faster and faster. Touring pros like Shane Van Boening and Darren Appleton are often viewed as just another match as they compete against some of the best “Bar Box” players in the United States.

This year’s field will be one of the toughest yet, including one of pools hottest rising stars, Jayson Shaw, CTE/Pro One’s Stevie Moore, Rodney ‘The Rocket’ Morris and many many more. 

Here’s the scoop! 
POV Pool has been invited to investigate the venue for the possibility of streaming this event, live and free! It has been agreed by many that this venue is way too small and crowded, but one things for sure, POV Pool will be there to see if it’s possible to pull it off!

This stream, if it happens will be LIVE & FREE! It will probably only be the final day, so please SAVE THE DATE!

March 22nd-24th, 2013

The Rum Runner!

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Previous Winners include: 

1991 – Dave Nottingham
1992 – Joe Alvarez
1993 – Danny Medina
1994 – Jim Blakeman
1995 – Warren Kiamko
1996 – Roger Griffis
1997 – Roger Griffis
1998 – Jose Parica
1999 – Ismael Paez
2000 – Danny Medina
2001 – Jeff Heath
2002 – Jeff Heath
2003 – Nicholas Kruger
2004 – Jim Blakeman
2005 – Jim Blakeman
2006 – Ismael Paez
2007 – Ismael Paez
2008 – Brian Parks
2009 – Shane Van Boening
2010 – Ernesto Dominguez
2011 – Shane Van Boening

2012 – Shane VanBoening

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