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Oscar and Amar Take a Late-Night Split At Palacade – MZWST #5

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November 9th, 2014

Billiard Palacade – San Francisco, CA

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The Mezz West State Tour traveled to San Francisco, CA to the Billiard Palacade owned and operated by the enormously generous and kind, Frankie Murcia Jr. and family. A great field of 73 players came from all over California, Nevada, and even from Europe. The 5th stop of the tour was 10 ball to be played on the 13 beautiful AMF antique tables which Billiard Palacade had re-felted specifically for this event.

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The top half of the bracket was dominated by World Cup of Pool team India member, Amar Kang. The Sacramento, California ace has had excellent results on the tour and for years on the west coast with elite players. Some of his victories included a strong win over Filipino champion, Rodrigo Geronimo, Deo Alpojara, Johnny Kang, and Oscar Dominguez for the hotseat. As previously mentioned, Oscar Dominguez came up short to Kang in the hotseat but not before disposing of several strong local talent and Romanian expat, only known as Babken on the bottom half of the bracket.

On the losers side, several upsets took place including the fairly early departure of tour points leader, Rodrigo Geronimo by Hungarian young gun, Attila Bezdan after defeating his best friend and road partner Vilmos Foldes. In addition, former junior national champion, Beau Runningen, fought valiantly on the losers side after a loss to Deo Alpojara. Beau went on to defeat the always tough Justin Logan, Johnny Kang, and Babken until he ran into Dominguez who stopped Beau, from going to the finals.

FINAL 8 Players – (Johnny Kang not Pictured)

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The finals between Amar and Oscar would be a true double elimination where Oscar needed to win twice for the victory while Amar needed to only win once. After a strong start by Kang to lead 7-2, Dominguez forged a comeback to win 9-7 and force a second and deciding set. The duo agreed to call it a night as it was 3 am and it would be safer for all parties driving home that night.

Also, the Mezz West State Tour would like to congratulate Emilyn Collado on her Top Female finish!

The Mezz West State Tour would like to thank their sponsors: Mezz Cues, West State Billiard Supply, Kurzweil’s Country Meats, AZBilliards, NYCGrind, Fast&Loose Designs, ZAN tips, POVPool, and Turtle Rack. Also, a very special thank you to Francisco Murcia and his entire family for their warm hospitality and generosity to promote the sport we all love.

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Payouts:

1st/2nd Oscar Dominguez, Amar Kang : $1,010 each
3rd Beau Runnigen: $570
4th Babken Melkonyan: $400
5th / 6th: Attila Bezdan, Johnny Kang: $300 each
7th / 8th: Justin Logan, Rodrigo Geronimo: $200 each
9th– 12th : Paul Silva, Jaynard Orque, Deo Alpajora, Eric Scott: $140 each
13th– 16th : Yoli Handoko , Vilmos Foldes, Ed Ramos, JohnMark Hernandez: $100 each
17th– 24th : E. Dominguez, D. Gomez, F. Robutz, J. Williams, Jay Mulinbyan, Feras Qaddoura, Saul Aguilar: $75 each
 
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Streaming Live Next Week: Mezz West State Tour Stop #6 from On Cue Billiards in La Mesa, CA!

Next stop is at On Cue Billiards in La Mesa, CA. We hope to see you there and be sure to tune in to www.povpool.com to watch all the action live and free!

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Hard Times, Sacramento Gears Up For Markulis Event!

The 5th Annual Chuck Markulis Memorial Jamboree!

October 11th – 15th, 2012 @ Hard Times Billiards, Sacramento

One of the most anticipated memorial tournaments in California rapidly approaches, with this year’s event boasting a whopping $6,000 added prize fund. The 5 day event consists of a 3 day, One-Pocket Tournament open to a field of 32 players and overlapped by a 3 day, 9-Ball tournament open to 192 players. This will be the 5th annual event since Chuck’s passing, which is expected to draw the likes of BCA, Hall Of Famers, Jose Parica and Francisco Bustamante, Rodney Morris, Amar Kang, Oscar & Ernesto Dominguez, Raj “The Hitman” Hundal, Dave Hemmah and not to mention, many ‘dark horse’ contenders from all over the U.S. Last year’s champions include Jose Parica in One-Pocket and Rodney Morris winning the 9-ball portion of the event. In 2010, audiences to the live streamed event were treated to a magnificent showdown between the two Philippine  giants, Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes. 

The event is always open to all professional and amateur players and the staff at Hard Times Billiards has requested some of the industry’s most trusted servants to assist with the operations, such as the professional referee services and direction of Ken Shuman and Janet Okamoto. Hard Times, Sacramento Manager, Tony Torres with Brian La Flamme are also working with Hard Times, Bellflower in order to insure that registrations can be submitted at both locations with the additional help of Sam Kim and Marie Lim. Registration forms can also be downloaded below and mailed in. 

Honoring the late, Chuck Markulis who passed away in 2008 at the age of 71, he was responsible for bringing some of the biggest billiard action to California after opening a chain of 4 pool halls in California named Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, San Diego, La Habra and in Sacramento. With the help of his friend and associate Jay Helfert, they designed and built Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA which drew players from all over the world to play in some of the most memorable tournaments of its time. The success of this venue quickly prompted Chuck to open the other locations, of which the Sacramento and Bellflower locations remain to this day. 

Live Streamed Coverage!

The event will, once again be streamed live and for free by Andy Chen, who has worked tirelessly over the years to bring some of the best coverage of tournament action and other billiards related media to viewers all over the world. The live stream will, as always feature live commentary by Andy and other special guests which can be accessed at the following link: 

http://www.ustream.tv/user/AndyofLA

POV Pool Thanks Tony Torres!

Point Of View Pool would especially like to thank Tony Torres who has gone to great lengths to insure the success of this event. Tony has worked hard every year, not only as an ambassador to many of the players and staff involved, but also to coordinate additional promotions, live streamed coverage and the day to day operations of Hard Times Billiards. Chuck would be proud of you!

—–Additional Resources—–

Hard Times Billiards Sacramento Website

Hard Times Billiards Bellflower Website

Original 2012 Flyer 

—–Chuck Markulis Official Registration Form—–

Click to download: 5thannual

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