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Stix One-Pocket Tourney To Be Streamed Free!

October 12th & 13th

Stix Billiards

7985 Vineyard Ave. 
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 989-5020
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Joe Martin’s 3rd Annual One-Pocket Tournament!

$1,500 Added – 32 Players

The 3rd Annual, $1,500 Added Joe Martin One-Pocket Tournament happening this October 12th & 13th at Stix Billiards in Rancho Cucamonga, CA approaches! In the past 3 years in Southern California, Joe Martin Promotions has contributed over $10,000 in support of numerous women’s 9-Ball and One-Pocket events. Earlier this year it came to my attention that Joe recently suffered a stroke and was forced to take some time out from promoting in order to recover. POV Pool has had the pleasure of working with Mr. Martin to live stream at least four of his events to audiences on www.povpool.com and will once again join forces with Joe and Stix’s owner, Alex Laoingco to provide yet another free live stream! Wishing Joe the best of health and a full recovery, we look forward to this event which, despite the absence of a few due to the US Open 9-Ball event, should be an exciting field.

‘One-Pocket’ Rich – “I gotta hitch!” 

2-time consecutive champion, ‘One-Pocket Rich’ Grenier is expected to defend his title and in the past 20 years, Rich has played and beat them all for the cash; is arguably known as one of the top-20 best and most knowledgable one-pocket players in the United States. Ike Runnels from Chicago has never beat him, he’s recently taken down Sylver Ochoa and Scott Frost in a slightly weighted game and is feared by all at his home pool room in Santa Monica where he’s been playing for over 2 decades.    Richard Grenier

Although all eyes will be on Rich to beat the field in this year’s event, his recent admission of a newly developed ‘hitch’ in his stroke is forcing him to resort to taking many of his shots by switching from right to left-handed play. Asked whether he thinks this will be an issue this year, he says, “It’s a little embarrassing, but it’s true. I can’t shoot shots the way I used to because of this damn hitch. There are certain shots where I have to draw the cue ball about 3 or 4 inches and I have to switch to left-hand. It’s affecting my confidence, which in turn affects the way I play overall.”

Well players, there’s a little irony to this tale for those of you that thinks you’ll have an edge on Rich. He’s also ambidextrous! Be warned not to take his knowledge of the game and his penchant for playing ‘lefty’ for granted! This could be one of the best ‘stalls’ from a champion I’ve seen in awhile.

Live Streaming Support From Kamui!

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With the help and support of POV Pool’s longtime sponsor Kamui Tips, we will be able to provide this live stream for FREE, with the added incentive for viewers to support POV Pool through donations instead of Pay Per View. This was initially slated as a PPV event, yet we also realize that it may be too risky to invest in a Pay Per View Broadcast who’s final matches will coincide with the opening day of The US Open 9-Ball event taking place in Virginia on October 13th. A very small part of POV Pool’s income is generated through donations from viewers, but for this stream Kamui is offering viewers a chance to receive any one of 5 Kamui Gator Grips in return for those donations to POV Pool which exceed $35. And, since there are only 5 Gator Grips being randomly drawn before the final match of the event, all other donations of $35 or more will receive a Kamui Tip Voucher as consolation. Either way, it is once again a win/win scenario provided by Kamui Products and POV Pool in an effort to continue providing live streams to those who can’t afford it via Pay Per View and during times when events like this may be double booked with others.

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POV Pool thanks John Bertone, Kamui and all of the viewers in advance for their generous support and encouragement to me for continuing my efforts and keeping POV Pool alive!

There is virtually nothing that I wouldn’t do for the billiard community as long as there is an audience helping us move forward. I have not backed off my commitment to improving the broadcast quality or the presentation of this great game and I also feel that streaming pool is but the tip of the iceberg.  kamui voucher

Spots Still Available! 

There are still spots open for this event. Entry fee is only $40 which, for a chance to match up with the likes of players like John Schmidt, Wayne Pullen, Frank ‘Da Barber” Almanza, Fach Garcia, James Burden, Bernardo ‘King Kong’ Chavez and many other of SoCal’s strongest, is a small price to pay. Format will be Double Eliminations, race to 2 on both sides. $1,500 Added based on full field!

To Register: Call Stix Owner – Alex Laoingco at (951) 662-8200

Please join the event page on Facebook!

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Shane VanBoening Double Dips The Rum-Runner!

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March 26th, 2013
The Rum Runner Lounge
1801 E. Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 736-6366 

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A big congratulations to Shane VanBoening and Jeremy Jones, who took 1st and 2nd place, respectively this weekend, earning the top two prizes of $6,000 and $3,000 at the “Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament”!

The Rum Runner Lounge in Las Vegas – home of ‘The Andy Mercer Memorial 9 Ball Tournament’, celebrated its 23rd annual, 3-day event to a packed house of players and spectators, gunning for yet another weekend of the toughest ‘bar-box’, 9 ball performances of our time.

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A 64-player field, studded with an almost equal ratio of professional giants and hopeful killers in their wake, Mosconi Cup veteran and 2003, U.S. Open Champion, Jeremy Jones from Baytown, Texas took the high road to the Hot-Seat of the event, facing off with Shane VanBoening on the final day, only to get ‘double-dipped’ in two races to 6, ending in scores of 6-3 and 6-0. Shane’s electrifying display of cue ball control and one lucky shot on the 7-ball kept Jeremy in his chair for most of the finals. Jeremy’s visits to the table were somewhat undeserved, having only a few opportunities to kick, play safe or push away.

Donnie and Johnny Meet The Giants!

3rd place winner, Donnie Branson looked very promising on day three and facing off with with both winners. First, knocking Shane to the one-loss side (6-2), only to follow up with his first loss to Jeremy Jones (6-4). Donnie’s next match ended with Shane serving a rather bitter pill of 6 games in a row (6-0), reducing Donnie to the 3rd place position.

5th/6th place winner, Johnny Kang’s draw was tough form the ‘get-go’, immediately defeating jim Blakeman (6-2) and Sal Butera (6-5) on Day 1, followed by Frank ‘The Barber’ Almanza (6-5) on Day 2. On day 3, Johnny suffered his first loss to Donnie Branson (6-2), only to forge ahead two more wins to Ramin Bahktiari (6-5), Oscar Dominguez (6-3) and finally losing to Ronnie Alcano (6-5)

 

Watch Out For The Volcano!

4th place winner, Ronnie ‘Volcano’ Alcano had some well deserved wins against King-Kong’ (6-5) and the ‘Giant Killer’, Ray Skenandore (6-5) and then to Johnny Kang on the one-loss (6-5). Ronnie was untouched until day three, took his first loss against Jeremy Jones (6-4) and finally his second loss to a rather determined Shane (6-3) who had nothing on his mind but to defend his 2-time consecutive championship title.

 

Max Runs 6 Straight Racks After King-King Refuses The Push!

7th/8th place winner Max Eberle, astounded the crowd with 6 straight racks, run from the break against Bernardo ‘King-Kong’ Chavez, who refused a push-out by Max on the first rack. King-Kong sat Screen shot 2013-03-26 at 8.26.35 PMin his chair, writhing and hopeful for a shot, getting up only to rack the balls each time Max closed out. This match was streamed live, commentated by Daniel Busch and Lenny Marshall and can be viewed on demand at POV Pool’s YouTube Channel.

 

Max’s historic performance on POV Pool was a well deserved one, after losing in the first round of play on day one to Donnie Branson (6-5), then beating Brian Miller (6-2), King Kong (6-0), Ismael ‘Morro’ Paez (6-0), Thomas Butler (6-0), Fach Garcia (6-1), Mitch Ellerman (6-2) and then losing to Ernesto Dominguez (6-4).

 

Congrats To Team Mexico!

Happy Birthday Oscar Dominguez, who turns 28 today! Oscar earned his 7th/8th place position just underneath his father’s finish at 5th/6th place. Oscar’s wins included a streamed match with Brett Lee (6-3). He then beat Ramin Bahktiari  (6-1), Fach Garcia (6-1), lost to Shane (6-2), eliminated Sal Butera from the one-loss (6-3), and finally getting ousted by Johnny Kang (6-3).

 

Also hit early to the one-loss was Ernesto Dominguez, who notched his belt a number of tough matches against Southwest Cues’, Al Lawrence (6-4), Frank Almanza (6-5), POV Pool’s night-time commentator, Joshua Edgar (6-2), Max Eberle (6-5) until finally losing to Shane in a hill/hill match.

 

Live Streamed Matches

Sponsored by Kamui Tips, The Orange County APA, John English and The Public House 1739, there were almost 40 recorded matches which were streamed live by Daniel Busch of www.povpool.com, which will begin posting to YouTube sometime next week. POV Pool would like to thank it’s commentators for some excellent coverage of this event: Justin Acker, James Murphy, Stacy Allsup, Jeremy Jones, Mitch Ellerman, Lenny Marshall, Robert Leblanc, Frank Almanza, Jimmy ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ Mataya, Joshua Edgar’s, ‘POV Pool, After Dark’ show, Don McClelland, John English and many, many other players and spectators who joined in, to say hello on the stream and pay tribute to the late, Andy Mercer, who may very well be smiling upon us.

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Special Thanks!

Thanks also to Geno Hill, Gordy Hill, Jim Blakeman, Mike Ganz, the Rum Runner Staff and many other new friends and strangers who made this event possible. Additional promotional support and thanks go to Max Eberle’s Pro Academy, Ramin Bahktiari and MaryAnn Starkey of GoPlayPool, Amy Encinias and Nichole of Vegas Billiards Buzz Forums, AZ Billiards, Alvin Nelson, JR Calvert of Inside Pool Magazine.

 

 

Results and Payouts

 

1st                        $6,000            Shane VanBoening
 
2nd                      $3,000            Jeremy Jones
Losing 6-3, 6-0 to Shane VanBoening
 
3rd                       $1,700            Donnie Branson
Losing 6-0 to Shane VanBoening
 
4th                         $1,000           Ronnie Alcano
Losing 6-3 to Shane VanBoening
 
5th/6th            $700                   Johnny Kang
Losing 6-5 to Ronnie Alcano
                                                          Ernesto Dominguez
Losing 6-5 to Shane VanBoening
 
7th/8th            $500                  Oscar Dominguez
Losing 6-3 to Johnny Kang
                                                          Max Eberle
Losing 6-4 Ernesto Dominguez
 
9th/12th             $350                Ramin Bahktiari
Losing 6-5 to Johnny Kang
                                                          Sal Butera
Losing 6-3 to Oscar Dominguez
                                                           Mitch Ellerman
Losing 6-2 to Max Eberle
                                                            Edgar Jackson
Losing 6-2 to Ernesto Dominguez
 
13th/16th            $250                 Ray Skenandore
Losing 6-3 to Ramin Bahktiari
                                                             Walter Glass
Losing 6-5 to Sal Butera 
                                                              Fach Garcia
Losing 6-1 to Max Eberle
                                                              Tres Kane
Losing 6-4 to Ernesto Dominguez
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