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2017 USBA National Championships

April 29th, 2017 – Houston TX

By: Doug Deitel

2017 USBA 3-Cushion National Championship

Make your reservations to attend  the 2017 USBA 3-Cushion National Championship

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Special room rate available until May 15th


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Dates: June 6th – 11th, 2017

Location: Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ.

USBA 3-Cushion National Championship – Confirmed Players

Who will be thPQB-rgbere – how did they get there?

The road to the USBA 3-Cushion National Championship can take many paths. To begin, all former title holders are automatically entered. Next, a series of qualifying events are held throughout the country, where one or more players can win paid entry into the event. In addition, anyone who participates in a qualifier tournament can enter the National Championship for a reduced entry fee. And finally, a player may elect to compete by paying the full entry fee, even right up to the day of the event (if there is space available.)

Players!: If you wish to enter the Nationals the entry fee is $500 (or $300 if If you have played in any of the qualfier events listed below.) Make check payable to “USBA” and send to:

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401 Washington Ave Ste 900
Towson, MD 21204

34 Players Confirmed So Far…

Player Qualifying Entry Player Qualifying Entry Player Qualifying Entry
Hugo Patino 2016 USBA Nat’l Champion Tung Nguyen Paid Entry Doug Deitel Paid Entry
Pedro Piedrabuena 8X USBA Nat’l Champion Chris O’Brien Paid Entry Baldomero Tejeda Paid Entry
Mazin Shooni 2006 USBA Nat’l Champion Ramses Verlinden Paid Entry Pete Folsom Paid Entry
Miguel Torres 2008 USBA Nat’l Champion Tom Paley SBE Qual Oaks PA Gary Cohen Paid Entry
Ertan Tarhan Higgins Qual Tacoma WA Ken Holstrom SBE Qual Oaks PA Jae Cho 2010 USBA Nat’l Champion
Robert Spicknall Higgins Qual Tacoma WA Peter Hull SBE Qual Oaks PA Paul Feltman Sr Mancave Qual Tucson AZ
Camilo Medina* Europa Qual Boynton Bch FL Paul Frankel SBE Qual Oaks PA Paul Feltman Jr Paid Entry
Carlos Ramos* Europa Qual Boynton Bch FL Frank Torres 4X USBA Nat’l Champion John Fleming Paid Entry
Tony Ferrara Amazin Qual Malden MA David Palmer Paid Entry Ho Sik Ahn Hard Times Qual Burbank CA
Joe DeAmato Amazin Qual Malden MA Ahmet Ozan Houston TX Qual Vicke Pineda Hard Times Qual Burbank CA
Craig Powers Paid Entry Hector Ocampo Paid Entry Mike Massey Paid Entry
Kelly Kendricks Paid Entry

* NOTE: Ellis Lawrence won the event at Europa Billiards but is unable to attend the Championship Tournament.


Qualifiers On The Schedule

Date Room Location Contact
3/3/2017 Tacoma Elks Club Tacoma WA Completed!
3/12/2017 Europa Billiards Boynton Beach FL Completed!
3/19/2017 Amazin Billiards Malden MA Completed!
3/30/2017 Super Billiards Expo Oaks PA Completed!
4/9/2017 Bida Goodays Houston, TX Completed!
4/22/2017 Mancave Billiard Club Tucson AZ Completed!
4/29/2017 MT Billiards Charlottte NC Cancelled!
5/6/2017 Carom Cafe Billiards Flushing, NY Cancelled!
5/6/2017 HardTimes Billiards Bellflower, CA Completed!


There’s Still Time…

Room Owners! Qualifying tournaments for the 2017 National Championship must be completed by May 31st. Email or call Mazin Shooni to schedule. or 248-910-4466

Players!: If you wish to enter the Nationals the entry fee is $500 (or $300 if you have played in any of the qualfier events listed to the left.) Make check payable to “USBA” and send to:

USBA c/o Andrew Janquitto
401 Washington Ave Ste 900
Towson, MD 21204

Nationals Warm-Up Tournament $2,000 Added!

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POV Pool will be presenting the LIVE Stream for the USBA Nationals on &


Thank you to the sponsors & supporters of this event:
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Additional Media Support:
Live Stream & Updates will be provided by Point of View Pool Media. Updates will also be provided Paul Frankel on and Doug Deitel on and

West State Billiards and POV Pool Present: 2017’s “West Coast Swing!”, July 1st – 16th

April 15th, 2017

POV POOL Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

WCS inquiries:

By: Daniel Busch

Join the “West Coast Swing” – Facebook Event Page! 

Daily Inspiration: “So often we become focused on the finish line, that we fail to enjoy the journey.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

2017’s ‘West Coast Swing’ Tournaments and Action! 

West State Billiards and POV Pool Present this year’s ‘West Coast Swing’ tournaments and action; beginning on July 1st in San Francisco at Family Billiards for the 5th Annual Cole Dickson 9-Ball tournament, then on south to California Billiards in Fremont for the West Coast Challenge: ‘Pro’ 10-Ball, One-pocket and 9-ball tournaments and an additional 4-day, ‘action match’ between Tony Chohan and Dennis Orcollo; and south again on July 15th to Hard Times Billiards (Bellflower) for the $3,000 added Hard Times 9-Ball tournament. We have officially locked dates, formats and are taking entries for 2017’s ‘West Coast Swing’. The ‘West Coast Swing’ (WCS) is an annual string of high-powered tournaments in California, synchronized to appeal to the professional and top amateur pool player who seek to compete on 9 foot pool tables along our beautiful west coast. Now in its fifth year, The 2017 West Coast Swing events are held in high regard; always bringing in an eclectic mix of the world’s most seasoned of professional talent with, some of the west coast’s toughest bears who, are expected to come out of hibernation to prove that they too can win some of the honey.

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Click and Download Entry Forms:

July 1st-2nd • Cole Dickson 9 Ball

July 4th • 16 Player ‘Pro’ 10-Ball **Please Call or Email for Entry**

July 5th-7th • West Coast Challenge: One Pocket

July 7th-9th • West Coast Challenge: 9-Ball

July 15th-16th • Hard Times 9-Ball

~ 2017’s West Coast Swing Events ~
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Hit the road and play pool! 

  • July 1-2: The 5th Annual Cole Dickson 9-Ball 8 • $2,500 Added
  • July 4th: California Billiards Presents: The Pro 10-Ball Challenge (16 players)
  • July 5-7: The West Coast Challenge: One-Pocket • $5,000 Added
  • July 7-9: The West Coast Challenge:  9-Ball • $10,000 Added
  • July 11-14: Chohan vs Orcollo • “The Big One”: 1-Pkt Action • Race to 40 for $100k
  • July 15-16: The Hard Times 9-Ball Tournament • $3,000 Added

Sponsored by:

Tiger Products, JB Cases, Big Time ThreadsTaom Tips, Carmeli Cues

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Carmeli Custom Cues: Current completion time for new orders:  24 months

What’s new on the ‘WCS’ events?

  • Our sponsors! Thanks to West State Billiards, Tiger Products, JB Cases, Big Time Threads, Taom Tips and Carmeli Cues for supporting these great tournaments!
  • Sponsor Merchandise! Because of our sponsors, the venues will each receive a merchandise package to support the events.
  • 9-Ball! The competition format is changed from 10-ball to 9-ball with a house rack to help give a few ball-bangers a fighting chance.
  • Tiered Entry Fees! The entry fees for the Cole Dickson and Hard Times 9-Ball are going to be higher for the pro player and less for the amateur player.
  • Side Pot Added! The Cole Dickson and Hard Times 9-Ball will have an optional ‘side-pot’ entry with a separate payout for anyone who buys into it.
  • Exhibitors! Come and visit our sponsors and exhibitors, West State Billiards, Carmeli Cues and JB Cases who, will be our exclusive product vendors at California Billiards on July 7th-9th. We are also working on Tiger Products to be there as well so, stay tuned for more info!
  • West Coast Swing T-Shirts! Big Time Threads in currently in the process of designing our ‘WCS’ t-shirts, so don’t forget to get yours along the tournament trail!
  • Hilton Double Tree Promo Code: As of Monday, April 30th, when reserving your room for the ‘West Coast Challenge at California Billiards, be sure to use the promo code: ‘West State’ for the special rate of just $99 per night. Click for reservations
  • Bonus Event on July 4th: Open to just 16 players, California Billiards is adding an additional event to its schedule (as of April 26th, 2017): Poster directly below: 


Which pool table do you prefer?

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Thanks to for promotional support!

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Last year’s winners! 

Dennis at the Dickson!

In 2016, it looked like the only thing hindering Dennis Orcollo’s ability to sweep the whole WCS was that he missed the Hard Times, Bellflower event to fly early for his visa renewal. ‘RoboCop’ proved unbeatable at the 4th Annual Cole Dickson, finding only mild, thorny spots against Santos Sambajon, Jr and Rodney Morris. Dennis also proved too powerful for the swashbuckling, John Schmidt who got taken down a peg for the hot seat. Finally, Dennis administered an even stiffer lashing in the Final Match against the warrior himself, Francisco Bustamante with a final score of 11-2.

Watch the 2016 Cole Dickson Final: HERE

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Francisco Bustamante takes care of business at the 2016 Cole Dickson event as his peers look on: (Sitting, left to right) Rodney Morris, Dennis Orcollo, Efren Reyes and Santos Sambajon, Jr.

Dennis in Fremont, Ca! 

Then, it was off to California Billiards for the ‘double header’ West Coast Challenge $5k added one-pocket and $10k added 10-ball events. Attended by a field of accomplished pros and hardened shortstops, Dennis Orcollo found the one-loss side early in both events but, fought back to double-dip the final matches; Bob Hercheck in the 1-hole and Alex Pagulayan in the 10-ball. After five days at the 30,000 square foot CA Billiards venue, Dennis earned almost $15,000 in prize money which, was well earned against the likes of Thorsten Hohmann, E. and O. Dominguez, Jason Williams, Paul Marquez, Amar Kang, Ramin Bakhtiari, Bill Meachum, Alex Pagulayun, Santos Sambajon, Steve Linglebach, Bernie Pettiepiece, Bee Davison and John Schmidt; all who’s tournament lives came pass by the stroke Dennis’ hand.

Watch the One Pocket Finals: HERE

Watch the 10-Ball Finals: HERE

Final Match of the 2016, ‘West Coast Challenge, 1-pocket, Dennis Orcollo grinding it out against Bob Hercheck from Las Vegas.

John Morra Takes Hard Times!

In the absence of Dennis Orcollo, it would be John Morra to reign supreme at 2016’s Hard Times event in Bellflower, CA as players from California Billiards migrated south to the ‘Home Of Champions’ and a chance to take a piece of the $5k added event. Unbeknownst to us all, this was to be one of John’s last title victories, before announcing his sudden retirement from pool to pursue his lifelong interest in music and arts. John was a bye in the first round, but hammered on the BCA Hall of Famer, Rodney Morris in his first match, winning 9-3. John went on, undefeated against Butch Barba, Giorgio Georgiev, Alex Pagulayan and finally, Francisco Bustamante in an epic ‘Final Match’!

2016 West Coast Swing • John Morra vs Francisco Bustamante • Final Match of the Hard Times, Bellflower event.

2016 West Coast Swing • John Morra vs Francisco Bustamante • Final Match of the Hard Times, Bellflower event.

For additional sponsor inquiries during our live broadcast of this year’s ‘WCS’ events, please feel free to contact us for information:

  • West Coast Swing Events
  • Delbert Wong • Owner • Family Billiards – 
  • Chris Swart • Owner • California Billiards – 
  • Eddie Arreguin • Owner • Hard Times Bellflower – 
  • Daniel Busch  • Point Of View Pool Media •

Keep Loving Pool!



POV Pool: June is for ‘Junior Norris’

April 7th, 2017

Wichita Falls, TX

By: Daniel Busch


Registrations, Sponsorships, Exhibitors can contact Contact Sherri Glenn by email at: or by phone at 940-733-8846

OR Register ONLINE!

The 2017 Junior Norris Memorial Shootout! 

When it comes to pocket billiards in the U.S., one can’t deny that there are many legends of the game. And, in Wichita Falls, TX there lived a man named Junior Norris, born in 1925, he was a World War II veteran and patriot who played pool most of his life, Junior referred to the pool hall as ‘home’. A dear friend to Mike Massey who Junior competed against as far back as the 1960’s; Mike could joyfully regale you with stories of Junior Norris, like how Junior could pick up 13 balls with one hand to Mike’s 8 balls in one hand.

Pool Pro: Mike Massey tells 'Junior Norris' stories to KDFX News in 2016.

Pool Pro: Mike Massey tells ‘Junior Norris’ stories to KDFX News in 2016.

Junior lived on to the ripe age of 90 years old, before his passing in March of 2016. Survived by his daughter, Sherrie Glenn and two brothers, David and Charlie, the ‘Junior Norris Shootout’ which, started in 2013 as a birthday tournament for her Dad every month of June, but has since grown to become an annual gathering of over 150 players paying tribute to the man who found his home on the rails.

This June’s ‘Junior Norris’ Shootout! 


The Junior Norris Memorial Shootout is held at 3916 KELL BLVD EAST, WICHITA FALLS, TX 76308.

Note:  The Junior Norris Memorial Shootout is a NON-SMOKING event.  There will be a designated area outside the building to accommodate our smoking visitors.

The events will be played on 40 bar-box, Valley Tables courtesy of Gary Benson, High Country Promotions and Accu-Racks provided by Chris Renfro’s, Outsville company. There are 5 separate events scheduled from June 21st-25th which are already taking registrations on the Junior Norris website. Playing 8, 9 and 10 ball competitions, with additional ‘Charity Event’ open to 16 teams of players that is almost filled. And to keep the ‘hot shots’ on their toes, this year’s ‘Shootout’ also includes a bonus, 16 player ‘big boy 10-ball, ring-game’ tournament with a $100 entry and $500 added.

Foooood and Drinks!

The Junior Norris events will have a full service bar thanks to the efforts of The Silver Dollar Saloon, unlimited coffee and tea, pastries in the mornings, and a variety of food options all week. With a Huge Big Texas Style BBQ on Saturday June 24th. “DON’T YOU DARE MISS IT!!”

Live Streamed on POV Pool

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Point Of View Pool Media is both, proud and honored to bring viewers free live-action coverage of this year’s Junior Norris Memorial Shootout, which can be accessed at or directly on our YouTube Channel at:

Live Brackets will be provided by: CompuSport compusport lofo

Exhibitor space is available to vendors; we invite you to join us at this grand arena where players and spectators can also meet and shop for their products:

Vendors onsite: Bryant Billiards, Jerry Olivier Custom Cues, Joe Salazar Cues, Outsville, Taylor Cues, Behind The 8 Ball, Mike Massey, Keeno’s ‘Taste Of Texas’ Jerky, JB Cases, Silver Dollar Saloon,

Screen Shot 2017-04-08 at 9.38.54 PMTournament Operations and Tables: Gary Benson at High Country Promotions 

• Registrations•Sponsorships•Exhibitors • Contact Sherri Glenn by email or by phone: / 940-733-8846 • 

Special Update: Custom cue-maker, Jerry Olivier at and custom case maker, John Barton at are building a ‘one of a kind’, ‘Texas Legend’ Cue and Case, each to be displayed and held for a exclusive auction at this year’s Junior Norris Memorial Shootout Event!

POV Pool would like to thank: Sherrie Glenn and the Norris Family, Frank Nordmann, Steve Mansfield, GoPlayPool, KDFX News and all of the sponsors of this year’s event.

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Remembering The Texas Legend, The Inspiration: Junior Norris


Junior’s journey in life began in 1925 in Wichita Falls, TX where he was also raised and like many kids in the early 1930’s, Junior at the age of 8 years old began playing his own mocked up version of pocket billiards with marbles and sticks in the back alley behind the local pool room. That said, Junior’s life wasn’t just a long series of pool stories, as his fate was sealed when he and his two brothers were called to serve with the military during World War II before they could finish high school.

After his tour of duty, Junior returned to Wichita Falls and was employed at Mid Central Fish Company but, his love for pocket billiards did not fade. In the early 1960’s, Junior Norris would attend every tournament at The Stardust in Las Vegas (aka ‘The Stardust days’) where he competed and cashed with some of the world’s best players to enter the arena. Throughout his life, he would take on different roles in the auto and oil industry, but pocket billiards turned out to be his biggest passion. It has been noted by Junior’s daughter, Sherrie Glenn that his home used to be the pool-hall and his second home was ‘home’.

A feared and seasoned pool player, a tough competitor; Junior played in many World Championships and often cashed. In 1995, Junior Norris was inducted into the Texas Billiards Hall of Fame, but probably his most treasured memory is from 2015, when he and his brothers were honored by the United Sates Military with their high school diplomas and military decorations which, were finally presented 70 years after their service; a story that made headlines in Texas. (Watch it here)








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