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The 25th Annual – Andy Mercer Memorial Tournament

March 19-22, 2015

The Rum Runner Lounge – Las Vegas, NV

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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:

  • Geno Hill
  • Gordi Hill
  • Jim Brakeman
  • Mike Ganz

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Players Entered – Field is FULL!

1 Aarens Debby 33 Harvey Lee
2 Allsup Stacy 34 Harvey Shane
3 Alvarenga Santos 35 Jackson Edgar
4 Auzenne Joey 36 Juarez Paul
5 Avita Oscar 37 Kane Tres
6 Bakhtiari Ramin 38 Kang Johnny
7 Balan Jonathan 39 Klatt Jason
8 Barba Butch 40 Kutcher John
9 Barber Chad 41 Lalo John
10 Boggs Fred 42 Lane Sean
11 Boone Brent 43 Lipps Tommy
12 Butera Sal 44 Long Larry
13 Butler Tom 45 Lorcher Derek
14 Cannella Joe 46 Massey Mike
15 Carmona Jim 47 McClelland Don
16 Cooper Johnny 48 Miller Brian
17 Corpuz Joey 49 Osborn Jason
18 Csorba Attila 50 Paez Ismael
19 Dattilo Dave 51 Parks Brian
20 Deberg Ryan 52 Quinones Gina
21 Decker Jerry 53 Reynolds Ozzy
22 Dominguez Earnesto 54 Rice Dick
23 Dominguez Oscar 55 Roberts Adam
24  Eberle Max 56 Schilder Jeff
25 Estes Mark 57 Skenandore Ray
26 Frost Scott 58 Speakman Todd
27 Garcia Fach 59 Stuckart Jerry
28 Geronimo Rodrigo 60 Sutherland Ben
29 Gilbert Grant 61 Tatum Phil
30 Glass Walter 62 Valles Elias
31 Gray Jeff 63 Van Boening Shane
32 Harling Dancer 64 Weschsler Lyn

Check out also:


Andy Mercer Entry Form 2015


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Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Hard Times Weekend Report

HARD TIMES WEEKEND REPORT: Coverage and summaries of the action at Hard Times Bellflower this weekend.



Saturday, February 28th, 2015 – Hard Times 1st Saturday 1Pocket Tournament



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In the box with BOX

In the box with BOX


Congrats to the winners!Brian & Beau

  • 1st – Beau Runningen / $190
  • 2nd – Tang Hoa / $125
  • 3rd – Wayne Pullen / $85
  • 4th – Edgie Geronimo / $50
  • 5th – Danny Olsen / $25
  • 6th – Howard ? / $25

Sunday, March 1st, 2015 – Hard Times 1st Sunday 9Ball Tournament


Monday, March 2nd, 2015 – The AMRO Show at Hard Times



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Down to the Quarter-Finals at the World Championships

 February 20th, 2015
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.

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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.

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Results Final 32, Last Session

  • David Alcaide(ESP) 11 – 8 Chang Jung Lin(TPE)
  • Mieszko Fortunski(POL) 11 – 9 Raymund Faraon(PHI)
  • Johann Chua(PHI) 11 – 7 Wang Can(CHN)
  • Lee Vann Corteza(PHI) 11 – 8 Fu Chei Wei(TPE)
  • Radoslaw Babica(POL) 11 – 6 Karl Boyes(GBR)
  • Carlo Biado(PHI) 11 -1 Romeo Silvano(PHI)
  • Ricky Yang(IND) 11 – 4 Petri Makkonen(FIN)
  • Liu Haitao(CHN) 11 – 10 Alex Pagulayan(PHI)

Full Results Final 16

  • Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 11-5 Irsa Nasution(INA)
  • Yang Ching Shun(TPE) 11 – 8 Marcus Chamat(SWE)
  • Warren Kiamco(PHI) 11-9 Cheng Yu Hsuan(TPE)
  • Ko Ping Chung(TPE) 11 – 10 Ruslan Chinakhov(RUS)
  • David Alcaide(ESP) 11-7 Mieszko Fortunski(POL)
  • Johann Chua(PHI) 11-10 Lee Vann Corteza(PHI)
  • Carlo Biado(PHI) 11 – 7 Radoslaw Babica(POL) 4-3
  • Liu Haitao(CHN) 11-6 Ricky Yang(IND)

Quarterfinal Matches
Feb. 21, 10:30AM(GMT+8)

  • Ko Pin Yi(TPE) Yang vs. Ching Shun(TPE)
  • Warren Kiamco(PHI) vs. Ko Ping Chung(TPE)
  • David Alcaide(ESP) vs. Johann Chua(PHI)
  • Carlo Biado(PHI) vs. Liu Haitao(CHN)
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Bracket – Courtesy of Alison Fischer at NYC Grind.


World 10 Ball Update: Day 2 from General Santos!


Photo courtesy of Stephan Doiron

By: Erik Hjorleifson 




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:

  • Thorsten Hohmann
  • Rodney Morris
  • Imran Majid
  • Raj Hundal
  • Antonio Lining

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)
  • Darren Appleton
  • Alex Pagulayan
  • Ralf Soquet
  • Chang Jun Lin
  • Carlo Biado
  • Francisco Bustamante
  • Ko Pin Chung
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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.

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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.

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