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GoPlayPool Releases Updated Directory and System

October 3rd, 2017

26895 Aliso Creek Road.

Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656

  • Phone 949-922-2454

GoPlayPool includes new Membership packages to business owners

Aliso Viejo, CA- October 3, 2017:  GoPlayPool released its app, mobile site and website 5 years ago this September.  Within days of the anniversary, they launched their newly updated system and directory.  GoPlayPool features the most updated and current directory of pool halls and establishments featuring pool tables.  With their newly updated system, users can now take advantage of the search engine, making it easier than ever to find places to play pool and more.

The directory itself has had a huge facelift and includes much more information than before.  After thousands of hours of scouring the internet, making phone calls and even going on cross-country road trips, GoPlayPool owners, Ramin Bakhtiari and Mary Ann Starkey have personally gathered the information which is included in the directory listings.  Users can quickly see which places have age restrictions and if they feature leagues and tournaments.  They can also update information about a location as well as letting us know when locations close.  They can also add rooms that we don’t have listed and give us detailed information.  This information can also be updated and added by the business owners and management themselves.  This is where the GoPlayPool Memberships come in.

Pool halls, bars, recreation facilities, bowling alleys, members-only establishments, and even gentlemen’s clubs are listed in our directory and each and every one of them can become a GoPlayPool Member Room.  GoPlayPool offers monthly and yearly memberships, both of which are very affordable.  Memberships allow businesses to promote any and all events, specials, tournaments and league information, as well as listing all of the entertainment amenities they offer.  Everything from promoting dart leagues to showing off their food or drink menus can be included in their profile.   Members can also use push notifications to let people know about special events.  Push notifications target GoPlayPool users in specific areas.  This might include a radius from a zip code, city, state or even nationwide.  Businesses are also encouraged to promote military, student and membership discounts through GoPlayPool.  The new search engine will also help users find places which offer these amenities.

Some might say they can already do all of that for free on their social media accounts.   This is true.  However, you’re advertising to the same people over and over again.  GoPlayPool has a goal of helping businesses gain new customers as well as keeping their current fans updated on the latest happenings.  GoPlayPool owner, Mary Ann Starkey says, “Our marketing efforts will help other businesses.  Our users aren’t just pool players.  They are college students, traveling truckers, and even people from across the world that frequently travel to the U.S.  Not only do we believe we can help steer more customers to our Member Rooms, we believe that our members see more value in their profile on our system and therefore, do more to keep it updated and fresh. “

Another issue that might convince business owners and establishments to sign up with GoPlayPool is something that both GoPlayPool Co-Owners experienced in their pursuit to update the directory.  Mary Ann said, “You’d be shocked at how many businesses are listed as being closed by Yelp, Facebook, Google and more.  After checking personally and making phone calls, I discovered that there are a large amount of places that are probably losing out on a lot of business because of this.”  When businesses become GoPlayPool Members, they can get tips and tricks to help boost their online presence and fix all of these issues that might be affecting their clientele.  Mary Ann also stated, “I noticed a trend in phone calls.  Places that I called which were supposedly closed, the employees didn’t seem to know much about the place they were working.  They didn’t know how many pool tables there were or if there were tournaments.  Informing hired employees should be priority number one if you’re to ever draw in curious callers or customers.”

If you already have the GoPlayPool App installed on your devices, it is recommended that you re-install the app to make sure the new features are updated.   As always, there are no pop-up advertisements and users are not required to login to use the GoPlayPool App or website.  GoPlayPool advises that they utilize Google Maps so all addresses are based off of the Google Map system.  For example, a room that could be considered to be located in Los Angeles might actually be listed under Lakewood and vice versa.  Despite this, the GoPlayPool system is now more organized and easier to use.

The GoPlayPool App is available on both Android and Apple devices.  It is 100% free to download and use.  Visit to learn more about the available features or to become a GoPlayPool Member location.


October 2017’s, Texas ACS 8-Ball State Championships!

October 1st, 2017

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

By Daniel Busch and Janet Ybarra

For more information, go directly to the Texas ACS website at:

Gearing up for the Texas ACS – “State Championships”! 

On, October 26th-29th, 2017!

$5,000 Added!

The 13th annual ACS Texas State Championships are upon us and growing strong each year! Entries are still being taken for each competition which, will be held at The Bell County Expo Center – 301 W. Loop 121-Belton, TX 76513.

Along with monies added each year to this event, free entries to the ACS National 8 Ball Championships are awarded to the 1st place winners of each division. With ACS Nationals held in May of each year in Las Vegas, the players really strive to win ACS Texas State Championships. Founded in 2004 under the guidance of American CueSports Alliance, the ACS Texas is a non profit organization formed to promote the sport of billiards in its communities and entire state of Texas.





ACS Texas is 1600+ members strong and growing with the support of ACS Texas board members (league operators), ACS Texas continues to grow in numbers of all aspects; under the direction of it’s Executive Officers (Pictured: Left to Right (Below): Ren Roberts, President; Angelina Dean, Vice President; Connie Svoboda, Secretary; and Janet Ybarra, Treasurer. With the support of ACS Texas board members (league operators), ACS Texas continues to grow in numbers of all aspects.

Find us on Facebook at: ACS Texas

Announcing: Live-action coverage by POV Pool!  

Brought to you by:  

With great ‘Thanks’ in part to the Texas ACS Sponsors: OB Cues, Jerry Olivier Custom Cues and Repair, Bryant Billiards, Frideres Billiard Supply and Red Tree Jewelry – POV Pool will be on location this year to to provide free, live-streamed coverage of all four days of the event. Players, friends, families and fans will be able to follow and track progress with access to POVPOOL’s YouTube Channel. Live bracket reporting from CompuSport will also be available on the live stream with in picture bracket displays and tracking. All matches will be posted fully to YouTube within 30 days of broadcast.

The Texas ACS Live Stream Schedule on POV POOL: 

  • Oct 26th @ 10AM – Scotch Doubles 8-Ball (All Day)
  • Oct 26th/27th @ 7PM – Singles 8 Ball
  • Oct 28th/29th @ 10AM – Teams 8-Ball

Join us for the action and ‘Keep Loving Pool’! 


POV Pool – Back To Hard Times!

September 27th, 2017

POV Pool Headquarters – Los Angeles, CA

by: Daniel Busch

POV Pool Returns to Hard Times Bellflower!

At long last, it has been almost a year since POV Pool has been available to live-stream the Hard Times Bellflower – 1st Saturday/Sunday Tournaments. Be sure to join us for shenanigans featuring some of our usual suspects, Fach Garcia, Dave Hemmah, Johnny Kang, Frank ‘da Barber’ Almanza, Wayne Pullen, Santos Sambajon Jr., Ken Thomason and a host of new talent that has come out of the woodwork since our last ‘monthly’ stream at HTB in October of 2016.

Hard Times Billiards is and always will be known as, ‘The Home Of Champions’ which, was built in 1986 by Chuck Markulis and has always been hailed as a room for action and competition. The ‘HTB Monthly’ is probably the longest running and most difficult ‘pool workouts’ in the country that, has endured surprise visits by pool greats such as, Lou and Sal Butera, Mika Immonen, Rodney Morris, Ramon Mistica, Edgie Geronimo, Vilmos Foldes, Dennis Hatch, Alex Pagulayan, Brandon Shuff, Shane VanBoening, Oscar Dominguez, Rafael Martinez and many, many others. With a constantly rotating and extraordinary talent in Southern California, the match upsets can be unpredictable and unbelievable, leaving even the seasoned pro scratching their heads.

Open Entries: Join us this weekend / Sept 30-Oct 1

This weekend will see Saturday’s Monthly One Pocket and Sunday’s monthly 9-Ball OPEN tournaments (9Ball ‘handicapped’ only if playing a pro).

Hard Times Billiards 

17450 Bellflower Blvd

Bellflower, CA 90706

(562) 867-7733

Saturday One Pocket

  • 12:30 PM – Sign Ups and Practice
  • 1:00 PM – Start Time
  • Entry: $20
  • Added: $100 Guaranteed
  • Average Attendance: 24
  • Tournament Director: Joey Chin, Tony Torres, Dave Hemmah Shirell Ivey (Depends on availability)

Sunday 9-Ball

  • 12:30 PM – Sign Ups and Practice
  • 1:00 PM – Start Time
  • Entry: $30
  • Added: $400 Guaranteed
  • Average Attendance: 50
  • Tournament Director: Joey Chin, Tony Torres, Dave Hemmah Shirell Ivey (Depends on availability)

Live Stream on POV Pool:

Join us for live streaming on POV Pool’s YouTube Channel and don’t forget to spread the word; share the link/s!



West State Billiards provides aid to a Southern California ‘billiard/youth’ program

September 17th, 2017

Riverside, CA – Shooters Pool Hall

By: Daniel Busch / POV Pool Media

  • Steve Strange: 
  • West State Billiards: 


Steve Strange w/ his youth billiard academy in San Diego County

Steve Strange w/ his youth billiard academy in San Diego County

West State Billiards steps up for kids to play pool in school!

California’s largest retail/wholesale billiard and game-room distributor, West State Billiards in Fullerton, CA took the opportunity this month to donate at least $1,000 worth inventory to a group of children who are actively learning to play pool at a San Diego County middle school program. The program which, was started in October 2016 by Steve Strange; a retired Navy Corpsman and PBIA billiard instructor conducts his ‘off hours’ billiard program on campus, during lunches and after school and utilizes four pool tables under the roof of one large classroom. Steve took on the project of starting this youth program at a Middle School in Bonsall, CA to offer students the chance to discover cue-sports in a classroom environment.

West State Billiards: Donny Wessels and Daniel Busch meet to pull inventory for Billiard Youth Program at Sullivan Middle School

West State Billiards: Donny Wessels and Daniel Busch meet to pull inventory for Billiard Youth Program at Sullivan Middle School


The contribution of brand new cues, cue tips, cue cases, racks, bridgeheads, chalk, cue holders and Tiger Products billiard towels from West State Billiards was a coordinated effort between POV Pool Media and Steve Strange to make sure that the much needed equipment was provided, free of charge. The ‘hand off’ of the equipment was made possible by Daniel Busch and Geraldine Thibodeau and took place at Shooters Pool Hall in Riverside, CA. In addition, West State Billiards went one step further by enlisting the services of Brian Esparza to re-cover each table at the Bonsall school with Simonis Cloth that was donated earlier this summer by Ivan Simonis at Simonis Cloth.

POV Pool Media: Daniel and Geraldine meet with Steve Strange at Shooter's Billiards in Riverside to deliver equipment from West State Billiards.

POV Pool Media: Daniel and Geraldine meet with Steve Strange at Shooter’s Billiards in Riverside to deliver equipment from West State Billiards.

When asked about his program, Steve Strange states, “It is now almost one year since this youth billiard program started and they are loving and learning all about the game. Never in my life, have I witnessed up to 25 students ‘run’ to the class each day with excitement which, they do on a daily basis.”

KIDS with Equip

Some of Steve Strange’s students are pictured with the new equipment from West State Billiards

Expanding the youth program…

Steve Strange is also setting his sights on expanding this program to yet another Bonsall School which, has expressed interest in adopting. That said, Steve’s efforts are in constant need of help and support from anyone willing to help, in the form of professional instruction, volunteer outreach services, exhibitions, team youth programs and opportunities to compete in outside events. Steve tells us that, he has been working hard to coordinate with the non-profit, ‘Billiard Education Foundation’ to officially endorse and adopt his youth program to accept monetary donations and to further expand the program to other cities in the United States.

If you are interested in providing additional support/services or simply wish to send a note of thanks to Steve Strange, West State Billiards or to encourage the BEF (Billiard Education Foundation) to get involved, you can contact them directly through emails below:

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  • Steve Strange: 
  • West State Billiards: 
  • Billiard Education Foundation: 

To learn a little more about this Youth Billiard Program, you can also listen to Steve Strange’s interview on Amercian Billiard Radio which took place earlier this summer. Click on this link and scrub to 3:08 minutes:

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POV Pool Media would like to personally thank Donny Wessels and West State Billiards for making this contribution possible.

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