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The 2015 “Hard Times Ten ‘n’ One” event – This July!

July 16th-19th, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

The 6th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Open…

…Oh, and by the way, 1-Pocket, too! 

We know you’ve all been wondering about the annual Hard Times 10-Ball’ event in Bellflower, CA. You remember right? Where Alex Pagulayun got whipped into shaped by Carlo Biado in 2013. Where Johnny Kang almost bested Ralf Souquet and take 5th place in 2014. Or the rise of Ruben Bautista’s fame, losing to Dennis Orcullo in the finals of 2014. Well, it’s back again this summer and our duty to report the official announcement of this year’s event, which also includes a $1,500 added, 1-Pocket tournament thrown into the deal!

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Time for some excitement!

Presented By:Hard Times Billiards Bellflower

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 Bellflower’s, Hard Times Billiards and Andy Billiard Cloth 

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$1,500 Added 1-Pocket Open

  • July 16th-17th
  • Open to 64
  • ‘Grady Rule’ – No more than 4 balls in ‘kitchen’
  • $100 Entry – (Late Fee – $25 day of)
  • Race to 3W / 2L
  • Final Race to 4

$5,000 Added Hard Times 10-Ball Open!

  • July 17th-19th
  • Open to 128
  • $125 Entry – (Late Fee – $25 day of)
  • Race to 9W / 8L
  • Finals – Race to 11

Entries Now Being Taken!

Come one, come all, not only to The 6th Annual – $5,000 Added Hard Times 10 Ball Open Tournament, but also adding for the first time, a $1,500 added One-Pocket tournament, making this an action packed four-day event, with two chances to win. Send in your check or money order for each event directly to Hard Times Billiards right now, or call tournament director, Dave Hemmah to secure your spot on the list.

A note on the late fee:  $25 only, whether you sign for one or both events. Fee waived for early sign up of one event.

‘Thanks’ to the Sponsors!

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Our viewing audience, competing players and spectators owes a huge thanks to Andy Billiard Cloth, not only providing equipment but also a portion of the prize fund. ‘Thank You’ to The San Gabriel Valley APA and to the Marty Carey Jump Q for additional event and prize fund sponsorship. POV Pool also owes gratitude to Tiger Products and Kamui Tips for making it possible for us to provide our broadcast on www.povpool.com. Also, an advance applause for our tournament directors, Dave Hemmah and Marie Lim, responsible for collecting entry fees, fielding inquiries and managing the tournament flow which will be powered by CompuSport and available to view online during the event. Let’s not forget Hard Times’ owner, Eddie Arreguin for hosting and also for being available to answer  many questions and address concerns we had this year, to make it happen. There have also been some A/C improvements in the building, a replacement table to stream instead of the Diamond table from last year and the return of Dan Hernandez to provide excellent counter and customer service.

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Live Stream and Brackets

Point Of View Pool will live-stream the entire event, on www.povpool.com at 11:00 am PST from July 16th – 19th. Be sure also to follow the ‘real-time feed’ page for this event, which will become available once the event begins. Our real time feed will consist of: Live Brackets provided by CompuSport, real time news and action updates, photos, payouts, prize funds, player attendance and much, much more.

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Your Questions and Inquiries: 

  • Tournament Info: Hard Times Billiards – (562) 867-7733
  • Entry Questions or Sign Ups: Dave Hemmah – (310) 892-0908
  • Advertising Space on Live Stream: Daniel Busch – (310) 923-6639
  • Anything else: povpool@gmail.com

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Break-Time Billiards Hosting Mezz West State Tour Season Finale!

Article: Daniel Busch

Jan 24th/25th, 2015
BreakTime Billiards – Modesto, CA

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Last Chance to Qualify for the Mezz West State Tour! 

This is it, Folks!

The Mezz West State Tour has staged the final destination of its inaugural season for 231+ registered competitors, who are attracting broad attention and writing the new history for cue-sports in America. Modesto, California, found in the heart of California’s northern Central Valley will probably see its largest billiards event in 10 years. Hosted by BreakTime Billiards at 304 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95354,  this 10-ball competition will be the final, ‘Top Gun’ qualifier played on 11, fully tuned 9 foot Diamond ‘pro-cut’ pool tables at 4-1/4″ pockets. The sports bar vibe at the 10,000 square foot venue comes with additional Diamond bar tables, huge 6 x 8 foot screens and, 11 taps of beer and some tasty bar food.

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When asked about the Mezz West State Tour, BreakTime Billiards owner, Joe Gonzalez stated, “I’m thrilled to be hosting this event for Oscar and Desiree and to be a part of this great tour. Apart from the major tournaments in the country, the Mezz West State Tour has the potential to be very successful for the sport and I look forward to hosting more events in the following season as well.”

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The Last Stand for ‘Top Gun’ Hopefuls 

Everything depends on performance and attendance for those who currently threaten the current ‘Top 32’ names on the rankings list!

The Mezz West State Tour rankings will determine ‘who’ gets to play the Top Gun event in March of this year. With a prize fund that has grown to approximately, $7,000 thus far and open to 32 players, a ‘stand-by list’ will also be generated with the final rankings announcement, so that if any top 32 players cannot attend Top Gun, players in the next ranking position will qualify.

Watch Mezz West State Tour Matches on YouTube!

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 2.36.17 PMIn fact, we already know that Efren Reyes, ranked #28 is unable to qualify because he did not play enough events and Danny Gohkul, ranked #31 still needs one more event to qualify. This is good news and possibly bad for players like Melissa Herndon #33 and Anthony Ortega #34 who, in waiting for the final rankings announcement, would surely slip back in rankings after Modesto if they do not attend or play poorly. Likewise, we can think of almost 25 players who have full potential to steal a ranking position from the deep such as, Mark Whitehead #35, Art Garcia #36, Deo Alpajora #56, Chris Robinson #61 and many others. With such talent on the tour and a chance to win big, this stop becomes an absolute must for tour members.

This final stop should produce some great matches. Be ready to see everything from desperation, despair and glorious excitement as pool players stage their final assaults to earn a ‘Top Gun’ spot!

If the TOP GUN were today, who would qualify? 

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Raffles and Top Prizes! 

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.05.34 PMThe Mezz West State Tour has had a regular tradition of raffling Mezz Cues and Cases at almost every stop on the tour in addition to a cash prize to the top finishing female/s. Along the way, MZWST also picked up the interest of Allen Hopkins, who has graciously sanctioned the #1 ranked player on MZWST to receive a free entry to the 2015 Allen Hopkins ‘Professional 10 Ball Event’ held annually at the Super Billiards Expo.

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BreakTime Stop

Live Stream on POV Pool!

Please be sure to join us for live coverage of the this tour stop, brought to you by Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, Zan Tips, Turtle Rack, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Virtual Pool 4, Kurzweils Country Meats.

Event and Live Stream Info

Mezz West State Tour – Stop #11
  • Saturday/Sunday – January 24th/25th
  • 11:00 am PST / Registration
  • 12:00 pm PST / Tournament Begins
  • 10 Ball / TRUE Double Elimination
  • Pro race to 9, Semi Pro race to 8, Amateur race to 7
  • $65 Entry / Open to all / Entries in Cash / DAY OF EVENT.
  • $2,000 Added
  • Alternate Break / No 10 Ball Break / 3 Foul Rule / Jump Cues Allowed
  • Diamond Tables / 4-1/4″ Pockets
Host Venue
  • BreakTime Billiards
  • 304 McHenry Avenue
  • Modesto, CA 95354
  • (209) 846-9656
Live Stream Information
Full Event Flyer

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