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The 2015 – ‘TOP GUN’ Finale for Mezz West State Tour!

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By: Daniel Busch 

March 7, 2015

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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  1. a person who is the best or one of the best in a particular field; the top-ranked person in a group.

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The Mezz West State Tour Finale! 

On March 7th and 8th a small handful of the best of The Mezz West State Tour ‘cueists’ will face off this weekend for a double-elimination, 10-ball showdown at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA to determine the ‘Top Gun’ of its field in this inaugural season of 231 players. Reserved for only 32 players who have fought long and hard in the past 10 months, traveled to various venues along the west coast of the United States – Season 1 of The Mezz West State Tour has, by far been one of the most challenging and promising billiard tours seen in the United States in over a decade. March 7th and 8th will be remembered in pool history as another baby-step in the right direction.

32 Players Preparing for Action!

The top-ranked 32 players of the Mezz West State Tour currently consist of 10 professional players, 8 semi-pros and 14 amateurs who have all held up to each other with equal strength, brought us fast paced play and memorable moments. The 1 and 2 game handicap to respective skill levels has rendered a few chilling outcomes and very few landslides. The fact remains that, if you’re playing this event, you’ve done something great to get here. Ladies and Gentlemen, ‘Place Your Bets’!

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1. Vilmos Foldes 900
2. Beau Runningen 840
3. Oscar Dominguez 775
4. Rodrigo Geronimo 625
5. Ernesto Dominguez 585
6. Attila Bezdan 520
7. Johnny Kang 505
8. Amar Kang 430
9. Jaynard Orque 390
10. Kevin May 350
11. Santos Sambajon 320
12. Jaden Brock 290
13. Ruben Bautista 280
14. Phil Prentice 275
15. Ramin Bakhtiari 270
16. Dave Hemmah 265
17. Rodney Wynn 260
18. Paul Silva 240
19. Bob Jocz 235
20. Tommy Lipps 225
21. Ramon Mistica 225
22. Frank Robutz 220
23. Tang Hoa 220
24. Reid Stensrud 215
25. Fach Garcia 215
26. Melissa Herndon 205
27. Justin Logan 195
28. Jason Ferroni 190
29. Tim Daniel 190
30. Mark Whitehead 175
31. Anthony Ortega 175
32. Jason Williams 175

Live and Broadcast Coverage

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Hard Times Billiards is charging a very small gate to watch the event and parking is always free. Streaming live and free on POV Pool’s Ustream Channel, all weekend long, including some open action on Friday, March 6th. POV Pool will also be providing a supplemental, Top Gun – Real Time Feed page for those looking for bracket and player information, pics, selfies, highlights and more.

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This weekend’s event at “The Home Of Champions” opened by Chuck Markulis in 1988 is sure to carry the legacy of the great players who have come before them. The Mezz West State Tour brings talent to Hard Times Billiards with a different slant than usual. The players at this event will all have earned their place at the table, after a long haul of 11 events and all, very hungry to win.

A Little History – A Lot Of Thanks! 

Tour founders, Oscar Dominguez and Desiree Rivera, whose announcement of the Mezz West State Tour immediately attracted local promoters, venues and product sponsors from conception to launch; they were able to officially sign 9 host venues whilst partners such as Fast n Loose, POV Pool and GoPlayPool went to work on other tasks in the background: Website, Live Streaming and Social Promotion. In a way, this was a convergence of events that could almost be likened to someone who wins 9-ball tournament: It took a whole lot of skill, a little bit of luck and just the right timing.

Mezz Cues and West State Billiards, ZAN Tips and Turtle Rack are to be applauded for providing resources to the events, which made the tour possible. With many thanks, each official tour stop brought with it $2,000 added money and the hosting venues received cues, cases and merchandise to attract local talent to play and register. Thanks also to Marty Carey (Marty Carey Jump Cue) and Steve Chaplin of Virtual Pool 4 who were able to come to the table, not only to compete in many of the stops, but also to provide additional funding for the live streaming of the events on POV Pool and On The Rail TV.

Streaming All Weekend including Friday March 6th! 

Live Stream Link: http://www.povpool.com

Stream with Chat: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

A Few Moments on The Mezz West State Tour! 

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Amar Kang and Oscar Dominguez – Photo: Copyright © 2015 – POV Pool

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Danny Gokhul and Oscar Dominguez – Photo: Copyright © 2015 – POV Pool

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‘American Rotation’ Comes to Golden Cue!

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February 21st, 2015

Golden Cue Billiards – South El Monte, California

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Golden Cue to Host Monthly ‘AMRO’ Tournaments! 

Starting on Saturday, February 21st, Joe Tucker’s – ‘American Rotation’ format has done it again, scoring the interest of Ken Hoshide’s, Golden Cue Billiards in South El Monte, CA. Under the tournament direction of Scott Doucette, The Golden Cue has decided hold a monthly ‘Open’, American Rotation Tournament. This is the first of many hopeful AMRO events, which invites players from outside of its own league to join in and learn the game. The ABC Club’s, AMRO game has earned the commitment of 64 flagship locations across the country to participate with 512 registrants competing each season.  The American Rotation National Championships have been won twice in a row by Mike Dechaine. 

Please ‘like’ the Golden Cue AMRO Tournaments on Facebook! 

Live Stream Coverage on POV Pool! 

POV Pool will be providing exclusive coverage of this event, open to 16 players, there is also talk of opening the field up to 24 players if called for. The live stream will begin at 11:30 AM PST with ‘practice people’ until 12:00 pm should kick off the first match. Viewers can expect a fast paced event, with each match racing to just 40 points at no handicap. POV Pool anticipates emotions to run high for new players of the game, who will quickly learn that AMRO is one of the ‘great equalizers’ of all cue related sport games. The rules of American Rotation virtually eliminate, 2 way play, place a high demand on kicking, safety and strategy play – and for some, the glory of running 20 from the break!

What’s new from Tiger? Check it out! 

The American Billiard Club (ABC) and its flagship game of American Rotation (AR) are the creation of U.S. professional poolplayer and instructorJoe Tucker. Powered by Cue Sports International (CSI). Our game is a fresh take on traditional rotation (or 61), a cue sport of the Southeast Asian Games. Efren “Bata” Reyes (The Philippines) is generally considered the top rotation player, followed closely by Shane Van Boening (U.S.).

Click here for more on The American Billiard Club and American Rotation: 

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Save the date and watch the show! 

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Special Thanks! 

POV Pool would like to thank Ken Hoshide, The Golden Cue Billiards, Joe Tucker and The American Billiard Club, Tiger Billiard Products, Kamui Tips, BA Pool Tables and AZ Billiards for sponsoring and making it possible for POV Pool to provide this coverage.

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