Monthly Archives: June 2014

OB’s New OB ‘Plus’ Shafts Now Available!

June 21st, 2014

OB Cues Headquarters – Plano, TX

OB ‘Plus’ Shaft! 


OB Cues is very excited to announce the launch of a new era for our company and a new era for performance pool cue shafts. Since 2005, the design and performance of the OB Shafts have remained mostly unchanged….until now.
Introducing OB Plus Shafts:

  • The original laminated SR6 construction that we have used for the last 9 years has now been changed to a solid maple SR6+ construction.
  • All new OB Plus Shafts will come with a lifetime warranty against warpage!
  • The tip end mass in the new shafts has been reduced by an average of 13%. Less tip end mass is the primary key to less cueball deflection. You reduce the tip end mass and you reduce cueball deflection.
  • The carbon fiber pad and ferrule have been redesigned for improved strength and performance. The pad on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now recessed into the top of the ferrule. The ferrule material on the Classic+ and Pro+ shafts is now linen melamine which is even stronger than before.
  • The maple that we are using on all of the new shafts is a higher grade that looks better and feels smoother.

In summary, our new shafts are built stronger, have a lifetime warpage warranty, play better, look better, feel better and are still 100% made in the USA! The new OB Plus shafts are replacing our current OB shafts and are available to order now and will start shipping next week on June 27th. You can order online directly from OB or you can contact your nearest dealer for availability and pricing. OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance pool cues and pool cue shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit



POV Pool’s 3 Week Stream Schedule!

Hard Times Billiards Bellflower

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA 

June/July – 2014


Save the Dates!

Please be sure to save the dates and catch the action on POV Pool – Below, you will find our upcoming streams for the next 3 weeks.

1. Thursday Action on POV Pool

2. June 19th @ 5PM / PST 
3. Hard Times Billiards Bellflower
4. Free Live Stream

1. Hard Times One Pocket Tournament

2. July 5th @ 12:00 PM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream

1. Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball

2. July 6th @ 12:00 PM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream

1. Day 1 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open

2. July 11th @ 11:00 AM / PST
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream

1. Day 2 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open

2. July 12th @ 11:00 AM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream

1. Day 3 – Hard Times 10-Ball Open

2. July 13th @ 11:00 AM / PST 
3. POV Pool
4. Free Live Stream

$5,000 Added – Hard Times 10-Ball, Gears Up For Action!

July 11th – 13th, 2014

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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The ‘Home Of Champions’ Gears Up for Action!

On July 11th-13th and for the 5th year in a row, Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower will be hosting its annual ‘Hard Times 10-Ball Open’ tournament.. With $5,000 added money and POV Pool’s live streaming preparations underway, it’ll be another unforgettable event. Won by Carlo Biado last year, he bested Alex Pagulayan in a landslide final battle, 11 games to 1. Hard Times 10 Ball always attracts an assorted field of the best from all over the world and we can only guess who will be this year’s champion to rise to the top. Past top finishers of this event have been, Dennis Orcullo, Shane VanBoening, Ralf Souquet, Wang Can, Rodney Morris, Manny Chau, Max Eberle, Scott Frost and many others.

Confirmed So Far…

The internationally known pool promoter, author and tournament director, Jay Helfert has confirmed with POV Pool that Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcullo are confirmed for this years event. Also, widely known to be an agent and manager for two other players whilst on the West Coast, we have a confirmation from Brook Thomason that Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes will also be competing. Reigning CSI, US Open 10-Ball Champion, Rodney Morris states that he will compete this year, just before flying to Japan for The Japan Open in Tokyo. And, there has been some discussion that Shane VanBoening may also make an appearance which, if this is the case, means it’s a matter of time before the rest will follow. No word yet as to whether we will be seeing any number of these 4 players: Ko Pin Yi, Ko Pin Chung, Chang Jun Ling and Cheng Yu Hsuan who are travelling from Taiwan to play in Las Vegas this year for the CSI, U.S. Open events. As they develop, more player and promotional updates can be found on The Hard Times 10-Ball’s, Facebook Event Page.

 West State Billiards named as Main Sponsor!


This year’s main sponsor or the event will be none other than Southern California’s West State Billiards, located in Fullerton, CA – Operating since 1946, West State Billiards will be providing brand new 860 Simonis Brand cloth for 20 tables, soon to be installed by the Dominguez Family (Ernesto and Oscar). Tournament direction will be led by professional pool player and longtime house-pro at Hard Times, Dave Hemmah. With the new equipment and strong tournament leadership the entrants of this year’s event can expect nothing but the best quality and service at this annual event.

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 Live Streaming and Video Coverage on POV Pool!

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The 3 day event will be live-streamed for free and viewable at Special guest commentators are expected and a few promotional surprises from sponsors are being arranged out for POV Pool supporters and viewers. POV Pool is sponsored by Kamui_logoBlackKamui TipsNew OB Logo 2013 for black background jpegOB CuesAutomated Logo DARKAutomated Entertainment and Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 12.29.33 PMRunOut Apps. Additional promotional and editorial thanks also to, GoPlayPool, AZ Billiards, NYC Grind, Live Stream NewsInside Pool, Dave Hemmah, Marielle Lim, Mike Piyasambun, Hard Times Staff, Ashi Fachler, Geraldine Thibodeau.   

Information and Resources

Event Details

The 5th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament
$125 Entry – $150 After July 3rd, 2014
$5,000 Added
Open to 96 Players
Double Elimination Race to 9
10-Ball / Call Pocket
3-Fouls / Jumps Allowed / Measle Ball / Magic Rack (Optional)
Entry Form

For More Info

Hard Times 10-Ball’s Facebook ‘Event’ page

Hard Times Billiards Group Page

Live Stream Broadcast PagePOV Pool / Ustream

AZ Forum Discussion and Forum Questions  


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Players Confirmed (As of June 15th)

Dennis Orcullo
Warren Kiamco
Efren Reyes
Francisco Bustamante
Dennis Hatch
Oscar Dominguez
Ernesto Dominguez
Ramon Mistica


Daniel Busch –

Hard Times Billiards

17450 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
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