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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!



2017 USBA National Championships – Real Time News Feed

USBA National Championships

June 6th – 11th, 2017

Casino Del Sol – Tucson, AZ




Live Stream

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Final Live Brackets

Preliminary Live Brackets

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Player List

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 Paul Frankel 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 Hector Ocampo Paid Entry 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

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Hard Times Qual Bellflower CA
Joe DeAmato Amazin Qual Malden MA Ahmet Ozan Houston TX Qual Eduardo Cervantes Hard Times Qual Bellflower CA
Craig Powers Paid Entry Mike Massey Paid Entry Mickey Campbell Paid Entry
Alejandro Borboa Paid Entry


Golden Cue Memorial Day Tournament: LIVE News!


POV Pool is live from the Golden Cue in South El Monte, CA!

Golden Cue Billiards and the San Gabriel  Valley APA are proud to be hosting a 9-ball Memorial Day Tournament today.  POV Pool is live-streaming the bar table action all day!

The field filled prior to the tournament beginning play today at Noon/pst. with 48 players maximum. There were also a few on the waiting list. APA format means the players race to points depending upon their skill level. As a one day event, modified races and a single-elimination modified bracket is in place. Want more information regarding APA go to!
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Pay-Outs are as follows:

1st: $540

2nd: $400

3rd – 4th: $300 each

5th – 8th: $100 each

The One Pocket Challenge with Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes: May 21-23 at Hard Times Billiards!

May 11th, 2016

POV Pool Headquarters, Los Angeles CA

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Hard Times Billiards will be ‘The Home of Efren’! 

Well, for one weekend in May at least…

Coming to us from the Philippines on May 21st and staying for just 3 days only, pool fanatics in Southern California will  have the honor of receiving an earlier than expected visit from the BCA ‘Hall Of Famer’ and arguably the best ‘all around’ pool player that ever lived, Efren Bata Reyes.  Efren’s schedule over the next two months is virtually packed with high-end, One-Pocket events each being showcased at different parts of the country. This coming Saturday… “Efren is stopping at Hard Times Billiards for just 3 days and then, on his way to Louisiana for the ‘Professional’ One-Pocket event on May 25th at Buffalo Billiards.”, states Efren’s ‘west coast’ manager, Brook Thomason. “Efren is ONLY playing 1-pocket at this time, as he wants to be wholly prepared.”  The upcoming Louisiana event, which has a $2,000 entry fee and consists of 16 players, boasts a first place prize of $16,000. Immediately following this on June 2nd, he stops in Edison, New Jersey to play the Accu-Stats, ‘Make it Happen’ event which, features 5 of the toughest One-Pocket players on the planet, playing a round-robin style tournament. Efren also has an even bigger match approaching in July against Scott “The Freezer” Frost in Arizona.

Challenge Efren Reyes!

Giving most players a handicap of 10/7 and playing 1-Pocket, right now is your chance to book your very own ‘challenge’ match with Efren Reyes! Point Of View Pool Media will be on premises to provide live coverage of everything that unfolds during his stay at Hard Times. In January of this year, POV Pool provided coverage of Efren’s previous challenge matches with John Lassek, George Teyachea, Fach Garcia and several others.


One-Pocket ONLY – Book it Now – First Come, First Served!

As we book names we will update this page.

Contact us for a challenge with Efren Reyes / Time slots listed below:

EMAIL • daniel@povpool  / PHONE • 310-923-6639 



  • 12:00pm – Efren VS ???
  • 4:00pm -Efren VS Bradley Fleming (Dallas, TX)
  • 8:00pm – Efren VS ???


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  • 4:00pm – Efren VS ???
  • 8:00pm – Efren VS ???

The requirements of ‘Efren’s Challenge’ is to play him a minimum of 3 sets of One-Pocket at a minimum of a $100 wager per set (Race to 3). Wagering higher and playing for longer will also be considered and since his upcoming event in Louisiana will be races to 5,  I would personally love to see someone step up and play Efren a race to 5 for $500 or $1,000 minimum. All matches are uploaded to YouTube for on-demand viewing; a chance for some of you one-pocket players to get a good match in with expert commentary and visual feedback of your technical prowess.

Disclaimer: Due to the nature of the game of One-Pocket, all challenge TIMES are booked as tentative. Each challenger reserves the right to challenge a 4th set only. This means that the next challenger in line may start later than originally scheduled. A ‘split table time’ policy is enforced. Table times are the responsibility of each player. 

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2016 – Andy Mercer Real Time Feed Page and Bracket

March 18th, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Rum Runner Lounge

Watch The Andy Mercer 9-Ball!

See you at 11:00am PST for the biggest annual independant 9-ball tournament in Las Vegas – The Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball!

Sponsored by:

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The Rum Runner Lounge, Joe’s Cue Repair, Tiger Products, Kamui Tips, Cheqio, Taom Tips and Rack City Billiards!


Congratulations to the winners and to all of those who placed! 


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Mercer List of Champions!

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Oscar Dominguez and Zach Franzi photobomb!!!


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