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Through the New Year on POVPOOL

December 15th, 2015

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Hey pool fans! Just a brief announcement here reminding everyone to ‘save the dates’, pack your cues and head down to these events, which will all be streamed on POV Pool – Live and Free! We are being careful not to stream during derby, and we hope to stumble into a few very special guests, as they travel through town to get there…

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  • Saturday – December 19th, 2015 – The Golden Cue’s 2nd ‘Holiday Wish’ 9-Ball

  • Saturday – January 2nd, 2016 – The Hard Times 1st Saturday One Pckt Tournament

  • Sunday – January 3rd, 2016 – The Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball Tournament

  • Sunday – January 17th, 2016 – Hard Times Sunday 9 Ball Weekly

  • Monday – January 18th, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Tuesday – January 19th, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Wednesday – January 20th, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Sunday – January 31st, 2016 – Hard Times Regular Sunday 9-Ball

  • Monday – February 1st, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Tuesday – February 2nd, 2016 – Efren Reyes vs ???

  • Saturday – February 6th, 2016 – The Foothill BCA Pool League Championship Saturday

  • Sunday – February 7th, 2016 – The Hard Times 1st Sunday 9-Ball Tournament / CANCELLED FOR SUPER BOWL!

  • Saturday – February 13th, 2016 – SoCal Tap Scotch Doubles Tournament – Pins & Pockets

  • Fri/Sat/Sun – February 26th-28th, 2016 – USBA 3-Cushion Qualifier at The Burbank Elk’s Lodge

Other upcoming ‘doozies’

  • March 2016 – The 26th Andy Mercer 9 Ball Tournament – Las Vegas
  • June 2016 – The 4th Cole Dickson 9 Ball – San Francisco
  • July 2016 – The 7th Annual Hard Times 10 Ball & 1 Pocket – Bellflower

 

The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

December, 2015 

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The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

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The biggest upset in pool right now that confuses the public and players are the rules. America, Europe, and Asia all play rules different to one another. All successful sports play with one set of rules that are easy to understand.

For example, America usually plays with the One on the spot, rack your own. Fouls are OK; if you move a ball with anything but your cue you can replace the ball where it was and continue to shoot. I don’t agree with this (if you make a foul it’s ok to keep shooting.)

  • 10-Ball has different rules for several events. Some are call shot and some are not. Sometimes it’s call safe too.
  • In Europe, 9-Ball is played with the Nine on the spot, and the three point rule is enforced. 10-ball, call shot, WPA rules. Asia can’t make their mind up. Sometimes the one ball is on the spot, sometimes the nine ball is on the spot.
  • 10-Ball is usually call shot, but in the Philippines they don’t like call shot for money games — which, again, does not make sense to me.
  • Push shots are sometimes allowed, sometimes not… again, madness. It’s a foul.
  • 8-Ball has different rules worldwide

What we’re doing with all these rules is confusing the public and the players, and making the sport disorganized.

  • 10-Ball was designed to be call shot — for tournaments, to take the slop out of the game — but everyone keeps trying to change the rules. We should stick to 10-Ball being call shot only, and in addition I would suggest that it should be break outside the box.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, using a magic rack, and break inside the box.
  • 8-Ball should be open table after the break, not using stripes to play onto solids for the first shot or vice versa.
  • Jump cues should not be allowed.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, magic rack, break in the box.

Every major event we play at a pro level has different rules, which is why a player meeting is always needed at the tournament before it even starts. Sometimes these player meetings can go on for hours.

In the China Open, we put the one ball on the spot, and the ball is wired to the corner pocket. This is the same with the World 9-Ball. The U.S. Open has the nine ball on the spot with the break box. I think these are the best rules, and what the majority of the players want. Matchroom also plays with the nine ball on the spot.

It’s amazing to me that all these major events play different rules.

In major golf events, they set the course up to be a test for the top players — not to make it as easy as possible. With pool, it seems like we make the game as easy as possible.

Maybe it’s because the organizers don’t understand the game, or they want it over as quick as possible. Obviously a match will end quickly when there is a guaranteed ball on the break, since there will be less safety play.

I think the majority of players want the nine ball on the spot with breaking in the box and call shot. The game has moved on now, and the standard worldwide is so high — so the game must be more difficult. In the past, nobody knew anything about the break, and balls were racked and broke, unlike the rack mechanics we have today. Now, we have different equipment and conditions.

If we all played one set of rules worldwide, people would understand the game better since it would be easier to follow. Players will understand how to practice for each event coming up. Then players’ meetings would not be needed — this saving a lot of time for both the players and organizers.

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For pool to be taken seriously as a sport going forward, it’s very important to unify the set of rules worldwide. I can’t think of any other sport where different rules are played each event.

Not only should the rules be standardized, but the pockets should be the same for all professional events. They should be four to four and quarter. Too many of the events use pocket sizes that are too big at a professional level. The same set of rules should be applied not only to professional levels, but amateur levels too.

It’s a simple fix.

My hopes for the sport I love are that these changes will take place, and the pool industry gets unified for the good of the sport and for the next generation.

It’s important to give the young players wishing to be professional in the future a chance to make a real living.


 

darren appleton bio picDarren “Dynamite” Appleton, from Pontefract West Yorkshire England, was into sports from a young age. A 15 years old his cousin was a professional English 8-ball pool player, and that’s how Darren got started. He joined a pool league with his brother, and never looked back. He went to national level very quickly, and turned professional at 19. He was number one in the world for six years in English 8-ball won over 200 tournaments—including over 30 major titles. In 2008 he started playing the tournament circuit full time. He won the world 10-ball that year, and the doors started opening up. He’s won world four world championships in four different disciplines; “I’m the only guy in history to win the 10, 8, and 9 and 8-ball world championships.” He is a five time Mosconi Cup champion, two time Challenge of Champions winner, two time US Open champion, plus many more. He now lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Angie.

 

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‘The State of Pool’ ~ Darren Appleton {Part 1 of 2}

December, 2015

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The State of Pool. ~ Darren Appleton {Part 1 of 2}

I’ve been playing pool professionally since the age of 19, and felt I’ve seen it all. But in recent years the game has become frustrating, and this is why:

I feel there is no structure or direction in the sport, because each event in each country has different organizers that enforce different rules. To be a successful sport, all organizers need to work together under one roof and play under one set of rules.

The current state of pool has no set calendar; events are scheduled at the last minute, and when dates are decided, no one seems to check the calendars to see if it clashes with another event in another country — let alone the same country.

Pool today, it seems, is a free for all: Do what you want, when you want. This would not happen in a successfully organized sport. Pool is a global sport and could be in a much better state than it is now with the proper marketing and organization. The potential market is huge, but it needs to get in order. For me, to achieve what we want pool to be starts at the top with the WPA, and they should be running everything from amateur to pro level.

At the moment, the WPA is being controlled by independent organizers. These organizers have no contracts or rules in place in order to sanction an event, so they get to run the event how they see fit and the WPA has no say in this.

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It’s something I don’t understand, and never will.

Not only is the WPA mistreated, but it also falls onto the players. We as professional pool players receive last minute notice of when events are scheduled because of the lack of communication.

The only events I feel are properly organized are the Matchroom Events; World Cup of Pool, World Pool Masters, and Mosconi Cup.

Matchroom does everything right — from marketing, to communicating with the players —hence why they have been so successful. People working for Matchroom understand how to run a successful event, and therefore there is a mutual respect between the players and Matchroom Sports.

Sadly, the organizers of many events worldwide have no respect for the players in regards to rules or communication, which is why there is so much conflict.

To improve the game, the WPA should be starting at a grassroots level to make the game grow.

I know many players that could potentially be professional but can’t afford to attend professional events because the lack of money in the game and the expenses to attend the events. Unless they have a backer or sponsors, these players’ talents never get seen and they get disheartened. I find many of them are forced to be part-time local players with nine-to-five jobs.

In my opinion, if every league and/or player in the world paid a small (one dollar) membership fee per year to the WPA, it would generate millions of dollars to pool for the top level.

At the same time it would benefit grassroots and league players because they would become members of the WPA. In return, they could get news feeds, see the top professionals, follow their favorite players, see a unified tournament calendar, get local professionals from their region/country for presentation nights or exhibitions, clinics, etc.

The game would be easy to follow, and would give an incentive to players that want to improve and to aspiring players that wish to be professionals. The game would be more relatable, and everyone would work as one.

I feel nobody outside of the world of pool knows anything about pool — sometimes even at a league level.

If I asked 100 league members who the current world champion is, the majority probably wouldn’t know, and this is extremely sad.

Like I said before, the sport needs to be marketed properly, starting from the top. When I was a league player at one point in my life, I paid league fees every year. I would be happy if just one dollar was going to a world association, because it would open many doors for pool. Especially at a beginner’s league level, where there are thousands of leagues worldwide and millions of players.

It can be done!

I hope one day someone with the right vision, hunger, and ambition will do this type of thing. It’s the only way to make pool a big sport and give the next generation a chance to make a living playing pool.


 

darren appleton bio picDarren “Dynamite” Appleton, from Pontefract West Yorkshire England, was into sports from a young age. A 15 years old his cousin was a professional English 8-ball pool player, and that’s how Darren got started. He joined a pool league with his brother, and never looked back. He went to national level very quickly, and turned professional at 19. He was number one in the world for six years in English 8-ball won over 200 tournaments—including over 30 major titles. In 2008 he started playing the tournament circuit full time. He won the world 10-ball that year, and the doors started opening up. He’s won world four world championships in four different disciplines; “I’m the only guy in history to win the 10, 8, and 9 and 8-ball world championships.” He is a five time Mosconi Cup champion, two time Challenge of Champions winner, two time US Open champion, plus many more. He now lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Angie.

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Golden Cue Billiards Sets the Stage for New World Billiards!

Saturday – December 5th, 2015

The Golden Cue – South El Monte, CA 

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Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – A ‘Swan Song’ for New World Billiards
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This Saturday, December 5th will be a special engagement for The Golden Cue Billiards club in South El Monte, California. A very special, 15th annual memorial tournament for ‘Big Al’, much loved and respected by SoCal pool players is always special of course, but not the only thing special about it. This event also sets the stage for the ‘final bow’ from New World Billiards… Yes, the 15th Annual, $1,500 added, ‘Big AL’ La Mode 9-Ball event will be New World Billiards’ final tournament before closing their books for good. This year’s annual shin-dig has a full field of 64 players, who’s names will ring a bell to anyone with over a decade of history in our community. The event will be streamed live on POV Pool, but to any locals out there who know these players personally you should jump in the car and get to Golden Cue Billiards. It just might be the last time we see these names in the same room all at once. The NWB handicapped format drew a very special tribe of passionate players which I’m not sure will cultivate again any time soon. Names like Tony/Phil/Carmine Sardo, Ed Sellers, Derek Kim, Wayne Pullen, Jerry Lin, Erwin Macapagal, Larry Bohn, Jenny Lee and more… These are some of the original players dating back to the defunct, USPPA organization, born in the late 90’s. If you’re looking for a story or two from these guys about pool in its heyday, you just might find it here on this day.

A short trip down memory lane: SOME OLD POSTERS WITH NWB

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For those who didn’t know, ‘New World Billiards’ was the last remaining independent organization on the west coast of the United States to bring us handicapped 9-ball tournaments on 9-foot tables, playing for cash or added monies, without having to be part of a league. Accepting any players and rating them according to skill level; players could pick and choose any event/s they wanted to compete in without worry about being cut or eliminated from the rankings roster. The only requirement for membership was an annual $25 fee to be entered into the database and whatever their tournament fee was per event. Tony Annigoni’s, USPPA format was basically the starting point from which ‘NWB’ launched. Originally owned by Ron Wishnack and Ken Elton, their mission was to pick up where the USPPA left off but made a few tweaks to their handicapping, so as not to conflict with Tony’s original invention. Although NWB’s organization was solid and quickly migrated 99% of  Southern California’s USPPA players, it never did gain the traction that USPPA gained in the early 2000’s.

Fun Fact: One of POV Pool’s 1st streams was in December of 2011 for New World Billiards’, It was the 1st Annual BIG DEAL event. Wayne Pullen beat Jerry Lin in the finals! 

Some Sordid History in Brief…

New World Billiards was formed in 2010 in response to the demise of the USPPA that was owned and operated by pool promoter, Tony Annigoni. NWB held many low cost, weekly tournaments at up to 6 venues in Southern California and quickly obtained over 150 members within its first month of forming. They also threw several annual tournaments which paid deep, guaranteed added monies with very little entry for its members who qualified to enter. These were the good guys… Ron Wishnack and Ken Elton committed and honest, they were loyal to the USPPA until problems began brewing. In 2010, a controversy surrounding the USPPA’s infamous 99 player ‘Reno’ event in, left its top 12 players without any payouts and an elusive promoter, almost impossible to contact or get a straight answer from for many months. The reaction from many players to Tony and the organization which, had a National reach and almost 1,600 registrations was to leave and therefore USPPA quickly lost 75% of its base. To date, the winner’s of the aforementioned tournament in Reno have not yet received full payment; even despite the 1st place winner, Jeff Gregory’s judgement of $5,000 against Tony Annagoni, to pay up.

On a slightly broader scale, the USPPA’s demise had a profound effect on the billiard community. It served as a catalyst to form New World Billiards in SoCal and Bob Beaulieu’s – World PPA with almost 1,600 players in NorCal; the handicapped, APA, TAP leagues and even Mark Griffin’s USAPL league also took root to adopt many of the estranged casual players and serious players seeking a new home to work on their games.

We hope you enjoy this final event from New World Billiards. Good luck to all players and Keep Loving Pool! Thank you to Ron Wishnack and Ken Elton and best of luck in your future endeavors!

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Elias Valles
Rich Hodge
Randy Miller
Jeffrey Pu
Larry Bohn
Dave Hemmah
Marielle Lim
Bob Jocz
Phi Le
Jerry Lin
Barbara Lee
Sairith Mey
Derek Kim
Ed Sellers
Roger Goto
Carmine Sardo
David Carroll
Ron Meadows
Aaron Estrada
Ron Reisler
Mel Legunzad
Paul Santos
Mark Whitehead
Trevor Benbrook
Phil Sardo
Jeff Ham
John Nekali
Larry Pan
Ra Hanna
Erwin Macapagal
Ralf Stier
Mike Stilkey
Terry Reagan
Mike Adelson
MJ Partin
Jenny Lee
Jonah Vise
Eric Friar
Luis Lopez
Kevin Nakamura
Gil Leon
Keith O'Donnell
Bob Young
Jon Balan
CD Johnson
Wayne Pullen
Trinh Lu
DANIEL BUSCH
Rich Daniel
Ray Van
Geraldine Thibodeau
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Johnny Ngo
Brian Cady
Mike Piy
Jeremiah Johnson
John Halter
Mauricio Marroquin
April Shirakawa
Reid Fleming
Candie Rosenberger
Ken Hoshide
Gigi Callejas
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Al Garcia
Hiroko Makiyama
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